Hong Kong is full of skyscrapers and beautiful people, so it’s no surprise that we embrace a rooftop bar. Take a spin around the city with this list of must-do rooftops. These bars all boast great views of Hong Kong, but from different parts of the city. They are great for watching events like fireworks, impressing guests from out-of-town, or merely enjoying a cocktail or two for a special night out.
Best rooftop bars on Hong Kong Island
We start at SEVVA, the city’s go-to rooftop experience when hosting guests or introducing newbies to high density life in Hong Kong. It is equal parts glamour and gorgeous view, plus it’s accessed through the Princes Building, another Hong Kong icon. For non-drinkers or those looking for a chic baby shower venue, SEVVA hosts a beautiful high tea that could be perfect for you.
Princes Building, 25/F, 10 Chater Road, Central
Popinjays at The Murray
Snapping at SEVVA’s heels as Hong Kong’s favourite rooftop bar is Popinjays at The Murray hotel. This gorgeous open-aired escape has quickly stolen the hearts of the city’s cocktail class and is fast becoming the new rooftop go-to. Perch on the balcony and work your way through the bird-inspired cocktail list.
The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central
Next stop Wanchai and the 31st floor rooftop bar at Wooloomooloo. But first, take a pause downstairs in the restaurant for one of Wolloomooloo’s celebrated steaks. Post-dinner drinks rarely come with such an impressive outlook, the bar’s wrap-around view of the harbour through Happy Valley’s racecourse and beyond never gets old.
31/F, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai
A little further along in Causeway Bay is ALTO, a sophisticated venue designed by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio. Also on the 31st floor, ALTO offers another incredible sweeping view of Asia’s World City. Foodies will love ALTO, it has a robust wine list, delicious cocktails, and some life-changing desserts for those with a sweet tooth.
31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
Best rooftop bars on Kowloon side
Cross the harbour to Red Sugar at the Kerry hotel and you’ll be rewarded with a new perspective and one of the city’s best views. So many of these great rooftops have you seated within our famed skyline, so it’s a nice alternative to sit at Red Sugar and appreciate the scale of Hong Kong from the other side of the harbour. This bar is vast, its whiskey menu and view matches that opulence. Stay a while and soak in the skyline.
Level 7, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon
For those afraid of heights, this isn’t the bar for you. Atop another Hong Kong Icon, the ICC, Ozone is not only the highest bar in Hong Kong it’s the highest bar in the world. If you’re lightheaded, this time it’s not the champagne it’s because you’re 118 floors into the clouds. Impressive. Ozone is part of The Ritz Carlton and it offers both a drinks menu and small bites.
Level 118, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Harlan’s may well be the SEVVA of TST, it’s been around for many years and is housed in another well known building, The One. Head straight to the balcony for another extensive view of Hong Kong. This is a great venue for wine lovers, Harlan’s offers an extensive wine list that spans new world wines and rare European vintages.
19/F, The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Best rooftop bars on the islands
The balcony at Solera’s makes the trek to Lantau’s Discovery Bay worth the mission. This Spanish restaurant isn’t anything fancy but it has a beautiful balcony where you can see the beach glistening through the trees. Kick back with some tapas, a bottle of vino, and stare at the stars for a night. Take a stroll along the beach before catching the ferry back to civilization Central.
D’Deck, Shop 101, 1/F, Discovery Bay
Pier 3 Bar
Another low-fi rooftop is above Pier 3 at Central Ferry Pier. This little bar isn’t a glamorous night out, but it’s a nice pit stop if you are on your way out to DB or Lamma. Have a drink, watch the light show, and even marvel at the Macau choppers as they bring back high rollers from the Vegas of the East,
Podium Level, Pier No. 3, Central
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