It’s no secret that the food and nightlife in Hong Kong is outrageously good. As the name of my website suggests, I’m a sucker for Yoga, a healthy serving of wine and plenty of travel, and one of the first things that I do when I visit a new city is to research the best rooftop and outdoor bars to check out, so I can sip on my glass of Sauvignon Blanc while admiring the panoramic views. Hong Kong has no shortage of fantastic rooftop and outdoor bars – whether you are visiting the city for the first time or the tenth, here are some incredible rooftop bars in Hong Kong to head to for the best views and delicious drinks!
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1. Ozone Bar
Located on the 118th floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Hong Kong, Ozone Bar is one of the highest rooftop bars in the world with the prices to match. Nevertheless, the sky high view from Ozone is unparalleled – it is so high up that sometimes the view is obstructed by clouds! If you only have time to check out one rooftop bar in Hong Kong and want guaranteed views and excellent service, head to Ozone. The bar gets busy every single day of the week, so head there early around 5:30 or 6 PM to secure a seat by the window.
2. Wooloomooloo Wan Chai
Photo Credit: Wooloomooloo Wan Chai
This is perhaps my favourite rooftop bar to visit when I’m home in Hong Kong, mainly because I live close enough that I can roll home after a few drinks. The drinks at Wooloomooloo Wan Chai are relatively reasonably priced and it’s a hidden gem in the heart of the city. While the view of Victoria Harbour is slightly obstructed by other high rises, you still get to see the wonderful sunset colours as the sky changes tones in the late afternoon – this is the place to go for chilled out afternoon drinks in Hong Kong.
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Sevva is conveniently located in Central and is a popular after-work drinks destination. Its rooftop bar looks over Victoria Harbour as well as inland over the former legislative council building, a colonial structure that lights up at night. The ambience can be a little frou-frou and there is a dress code, so be sure to dress appropriately.
4. Sugar Bar & Lounge
Photo Credit: Sugar Bar
What Sugar lacks in convenience (it is located on the east side of Hong Kong island), it makes up for in a beautiful outdoor terrace and delicious drinks. The bar is a favorite among those who work in the area and its vibe is more laid back than that of Ozone and Sevva.
5. Skye Rooftop Bar
Located on the 27th floor of the Pullman Park Lane Hotel in Causeway Bay, Skye Rooftop Bar is a newcomer to the rooftop bar scene in Hong Kong. The view is pretty sublime and it has an extensive innovative cocktail list. Be prepared to pay out of your nose for the drinks though, with a glass of house wine going for approximately $15-18 USD.
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Photo credit: Shore Restaurant
Shore Restaurant has been serving up incredible steak for years now, and offers a fantastic terrace lounge for drinks and weekend brunch in the CBD. The cozy couches are the perfect place to chill out with a glass of champagne in hand. The only downside is that the terrace offers minimal views and you cannot see Victoria Harbour, but the drinks, service and snacks are incredible.
Piqniq is the new kid on the block complete with bohemian-chic beanbags and a stunning view to match. It’s in the heart of Central and the perfect place to hang out on a sunny day in Hong Kong – it’s uber casual so you don’t have to dress up to show up. They also have a limited menu if you get peckish after a few drinks.
8. CÉ LA VI
CÉ LA VI’s roof terrace is a favorite among Hong Kong’s partygoers. It has a fantastic happy hour 2-for-1 deal from 3 to 9 PM every day and if there’s a larger group you can make a reservation online.
Located in the heart of Hong Kong’s famous Lan Kwai Fong bar district, CÉ LA VI can get crowded – if you’re looking for the party to continue long after happy hour is over, stay here for the after party!
9. Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge
Photo Credit: Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge
It feels like every city has a tiki bar serving fruity cocktails with mini paper umbrellas, and Hong Kong is no exception. Honi Honi is named after a Polynesian greeting meaning “kiss kiss”, and while the terrace at Honi Honi doesn’t offer a view, but it is massively spacious and exclusive. If you are planning on visiting Honi Honi make sure you book a table ahead of time on their website.
Located on the south side of Hong Kong island, Above is a relative newcomer to the rooftop bar scene. It is located on the 23rd floor of Ovolo Southside Hotel, and offers a glimpse at the ocean. While the view isn’t of Victoria Harbour, it’s still a nice, laid back rooftop bar to check out if you’re over on this side of the island. One thing to note, however, is that the bar is occasionally closed for private events, so it’s best to call ahead before you schlep all the way over. The best way to get here is by MTR, it is just steps away from the new Wong Chuk Hang station.
ToTT’s is located on the 34th floor of the Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay, just around the corner from Skye Rooftop Bar. There’s an outdoor area with massive fans to keep you cool, as well as a massive indoor area if it’s raining or too hot. The indoor seating area offers sweeping views across the harbour, and they have a pretty good happy hour in the afternoon to boot.
*Update October 2018: The Exelsior Hotel is closing down in March 2019, so make sure you check out ToTT’s before it shuts for good!
Alto is a stone’s throw from ToTT’s on the 31st floor of a new building in Causeway Bay. It’s still relatively under-the-radar which means it doesn’t get too crowded, and has a reasonable happy hour in the early evenings. The view of the harbour is unobstructed, and if you get hungry you can pop downstairs for some dinner.
I have a love/hate relationship with Popinjays: I love the view, but I hate that it never seems to be open to the public. Popinjays has been closed for a private event two out of three times that I’ve visited, and it’s also shut on Sundays and Mondays. Nevertheless, the view of Central from Popinjays is fantastic, and the open-air terrace is spacious. If you do plan on visiting, give them a call ahead of time to make sure they’re open!
14. Aqua Luna
So this is a bit unconventional, but Aqua Luna is a fantastic open-air location to get a fantastic drink. Here’s the catch – the rooftop bar is not on a roof, per se…it’s on a boat!
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