From rooftop bars overlooking the mesmerizing Hong Kong skyline and beachside watering holes with splendid sea views, to hidden terrace taverns tucked away in the heart of the city, here are our top bar-with-a-view picks:
Located in the heart of Causeway Bay but tucked away from the chaos, Shelter is surrounded by old tenement buildings as well as soaring commercial buildings on all sides. The bar probably got its moniker from its cocoon-like loungers (Dedon’s Nestrest, designed by Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety), which are perfect to relax in.
Shop 718, 7/F Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, 2778-8398.
One of the five dining options within Kerry Hotel conceived by renowned architect and designer André Fu, Red Sugar is a wraparound bar with a 270-degree view of Victoria Harbour. Its open terrace with comfortable sofa seating is the best spot to watch the transition from day to night.
7/F, Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, 2252-5279.
Perched atop the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, Ozone is located on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre. With wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows, the bar offers a panoramic view of the city’s skyscrapers along Victoria Harbour. Just as captivating as the view outside, the bar’s edgy interior is designed by famed Japanese interior design firm Wonderwall and features extensive honeycomb patterns — like a 3D honeycomb ceiling.
118/F, Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2263-2270.
Overlooking the other side of Victoria Harbour is ToTT’s and Roof Terrace, housed in The Excelsior in the heart of Causeway Bay. Boasting both indoor and outdoor seating areas, the rooftop bar also offers Sunday brunch with free-flow champagne and live jazz performances.
34/F, The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, 2837-6786.
Above at Ovolo Southside is now especially easy to get to, given the opening of the MTR’s South Island Line. With stunning yet soothing views of the lavish green hills looking out to Deepwater Bay, Above is a cozy dining and drinking spot that’s great for a catch-up with friends.
23-24/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 3460-8159.
Occupying the top three floors of California Tower, CÉ LA VI is a bar, restaurant and club located right in the middle of the Lan Kwai Fong party scene. For those who want to enjoy an uninterrupted bird’s eye view of the Hong Kong skyline, move on up to the rooftop Sky Deck for a true visual treat.
25/F-Rooftop, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Central, 3700-2300.
The Wooloomooloo at The Hennessy building might be a steakhouse, but one floor up is a drinks-serving rooftop bar with sweeping views of the Wan Chai skyline. Head up for a tipple and a fresh breeze to go along.
31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 2893-6960.
Sitting on the 25th floor of Prince’s Building, Sevva is a one of the longest-standing — and popular — rooftop bars in Central. The venue is separated into different areas: Bankside, which faces the HSBC building; and Harbourside, overlooking Victoria Harbour and Kowloon skyline.
25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, 2537-1388.
With a spectacular view of Repulse Bay, Cabana is an alfresco lounge filled with Japanese onsens, private cabins and sun beds, where you can enjoy your Champagne and finger foods all day long.
Lobby A Rooftop, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2889-5939.
Only open on weekends and public holidays, Mavericks is a laid-back beach bar, restaurant and boardshack offering an unobstructed view of Pui O beach. Perfect for people who want to kick back and relax after island hopping, Mavericks offers a variety of craft beers and comfort food. The bar has also been an active supporter of the local community by sourcing fresh food from local farmers, using local designer furniture and displaying artworks created by local artists and so on.
Pui O Beach, Lantau, 5662-8552.