Do you know how many rooftop bars in Hong Kong there are? Too many to count. And here I was, being content with regular spirits on the ground. But hey, if you’re going to travel to another country, it’s a good opportunity to step up your game a bit and try something new. In this case, that “something new” is testing out some of these high-flying drinking holes.
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Where to Stay When You Visit
Since we’re focusing on rooftop bars in Hong Kong, I’d like to shine the spotlight on the hotel with the tallest rooftop bar in the city: The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. A luxury hotel as you might expect, but they also recently started allowing guests to bring up to two pets during their stay.
PHOTO CREDITS: THE RITZ CARLTON HONG KONG VIA HOTELS.COM
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Highest Rooftop Bar Award Goes to OZONE
Located at the top of the ICC Tower’s 118 floors, OZONE presents a perfect introduction to Hong Kong’s nightlife. The inside has a stylish, modern look, busy with interlocking geometrical shapes.
If you’re not deathly afraid of heights, you can step onto the outdoor terrace and get a feel for what being 118 floors up feels like. There’s a pane of glass between you and death, so it’s pretty safe. Personally, I’m happy seeing that view from the comfort of the bar’s sofas.
- Closed Monday and Tuesday
- Open Wed-Sat from 3 pm until 12 am; on Sunday, 12 pm to 3 pm and 4 pm until 12 am
- Address: 118th floor of the International Commerce Center Tower, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Best Grub: Cruise Restaurant and Bar
This one caught my attention thanks to its many positive reviews. People love the food, the desserts, and the service. Not to mention, with its outdoor terrace at the top of the Hyatt Centric, it has a stunning view of the water. The menu also has vegan- and vegetarian-friendly items, if that’s your thing.
The drinks don’t disappoint, either. The mixologist in charge really gets down to business with the creativity. They’re always trying something new with the signature cocktails or adding a fresh twist on the classics. The restaurant is mostly indoors, but they have an outdoor terrace as well where you can look out over Victoria Harbor.
- Open weekdays from 12 pm until 11 pm, and weekends from 12 pm until midnight
- Address: 23rd floor of 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, Hong Kong
Once upon a time, I used to think the term “urban jungle” referred to how chaotic and maze-like some cities can be. ICHU Terraza decided to take this term far more literally by turning their bar into something like the Rainforest Cafe, surrounding their outdoor terrace in tons of greenery. It goes surprisingly well with the wicker barstools and comfy sofas.
Their website says that the inspiration for the bar comes from Peru. This bar is a lot closer to the ground than the other rooftop bars on this list, so there’s not much of a view, but it has a fun, lively atmosphere to make up for it.
- Open Sun-Thu from 3 pm until 11 pm, and Fri-Sat from 3 pm until midnight
- Address: 3rd floor of H Queen, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central Hong Kong
Hit Up Sevva for Amazing Cocktails
This one I like because it’s something of a chameleon, with décor dedicated to changing with the seasons. Its convenient location makes it easy to get to no matter where else you’re sightseeing. And hey, it’s pretty cool to walk around the 360-degree balcony and look up at all the skyscrapers towering over you.
Of course, you don’t go to a bar just for the view. Luckily, Sevva has some mind-blowing cocktails on its menu. The main downside is it gets pretty busy in the evenings and the service is a little iffy. 2020 saw a lot of complaints about slowness and rudeness, but given how their more recent reviews are largely positive, I’d be willing to give this place a try.
- Closed Sunday and public holidays
- Open Mon-Wed from 12 pm until 10 pm, Thu-Fri from 12 pm until midnight, and Saturday from 11:30 am until 10 pm
- Address: 25th floor of the Landmark Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Great View of the Water from SKYE
For phenomenal scenery, SKYE bar has prime seating right across from Victoria Harbor. This bar has a wide-open terrace, allowing an unfiltered view of the bay. They serve up some pretty amazing-looking signature cocktails along with some Insta-worthy French dishes.
They also have a designated outdoor sofa table that you can reserve ahead of time. You have to be willing to sell at least an arm, though – HK$3000 (or US$382) from Sunday to Thursday, and twice that Fridays and Saturdays. And that’s just to reserve the table, to say nothing of the food and drinks. Me, I’ll stick to one of the barstools and enjoy the sea breeze there.
- Open daily from 12 pm until 12 am
- Address: 27th floor of the Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Feeling fancy? Felix at the Peninsula is a stylish, high-class bar. Unlike most rooftop bars in Hong Kong, it doesn’t have an outdoor space, but it makes up for that with live music and mixologist events. As someone who loves a good cocktail, I’d definitely consider swinging by if I was in the city during one of its events.
- Open daily from 5:30 pm until 1 am
- Address: 28th floor of The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Like a lot of rooftop bars in Hong Kong, Eyebar offers some amazing views while you sip on your drink. This particular bar has a perfect vantage point to see the Symphony of Lights at Tsim Sha Tsui that happens every night at 8 pm.
You can find their drink menu on their website. I read some reviews praising the fruity cocktails, while another lamented on the underwhelming margaritas. Definitely something to keep in mind while ordering. Even so, I’d say it’s worth checking out Eyebar at least once, if only for the scenery.
- Open daily from 3 pm until midnight
- Address: 30th floor of iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Rooftop Bars Aren’t the Only Thing I Talk About
As many and varied as the bars are in Hong Kong, there is still plenty more to see. Be sure to follow me for updates and check out some of my other Asia-related posts!
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