Check out the beautiful city from above with a cocktail in hand at one of these best rooftop bars in Hong Kong!
Looking for the best rooftop bar in Hong Kong? You’re in luck, because 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! But first, a few quick Hong Kong travel tips to help you prepare for your trip.
✈️ To get into Hong Kong you’ll need to fly into Hong Kong International Airport. A cab from the airport to the city costs approximately HK$350-450 and typically takes less than 45 minutes/1 hour from door-to-door, or you can pre-book your private airport pick up or drop off here.
However, the best way to get to and from the airport is via the Airport Express train. Tickets can be purchased at the station and the train stops in Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island – it takes just 24 minutes from end to end! Want 20% off your Airport Express ticket? Buy your ticket ahead of time online here!
🛂 Most visitors to Hong Kong do not require a visa for entry. See here for more details.
💱 The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar. Most shops, restaurants and rooftop bars in Hong Kong will accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. That being said, cash is still king so make sure you have some Hong Kong dollars on you. There are tons of ATM machines around Hong Kong, just make sure you’ve enabled international withdrawal or your card has the “Plus” or “Cirrus” logo on the back.
📱 Buy a local SIM card. The easiest way to do that is via Klook – you can get a 7 day Hong Kong tourist SIM card and pick it up from the airport on arrival.
🚗 Getting around Hong Kong is easy. Public transportation is efficient, cheap and clean, and the network is very extensive. Taxis are cheap as well if you are in a hurry.
One of the first things you have to do when you arrive in Hong Kong is get an Octopus card. It is a stored value card that works on all public transportation (but not in taxis). You can purchase your tourist Octopus card in advance here – pick it up from the airport when you arrive, and it comes with HK$50 already pre-loaded.
🌤️ Hong Kong gets 4 seasons! It is not a year-round tropical country as many people seem to believe. Summers are HOT and it gets fairly cold during the winter months (December to February). The best time to visit Hong Kong for milder weather is from March to early June, and September to November (but avoid the 1st week of May and 1st week of October as the city can get busy during China’s “Golden Week” holidays).
🌐 Language in Hong Kong: The main language spoken in Hong Kong is Cantonese, a local dialect. However, many people (including those who work in hospitality) speak English, and almost all signs and menus are bilingual.
🗓️ Wondering how many days to spend in Hong Kong? For a first time visitor looking to visit the top Hong Kong attractions and rooftop bars I would recommend spending no fewer than 3-4 days in the city. If you plan on embarking on any Hong Kong day trips or exploring the city off the beaten track, plan to set aside anywhere from 5-10 days for your Hong Kong itinerary.
🛏️ Booking hotels in Hong Kong: Most visitors opt to book hotels on Hong Kong Island or on Kowloon side. Look into hotels in Wan Chai, Central, Soho, Sheung Wan and Causeway Bay for convenience and easy access to public transportation.
There are some fantastic boutique hotels in Hong Kong: I’m a fan of The Fleming (a boutique hotel in Wan Chai which features Hong Kong-inspired design); Little Tai Hang (apart-hotel residences on the edge of Causeway Bay); TUVE (a small industrial-chic boutique hotel near Causeway Bay); Ovolo Central (a boutique hotel right above Lan Kwai Fong with a view over Tai Kwun); The Hari (a luxury hotel in Wan Chai); The Figo (a quirky boutique hotel located between Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan); as well as The Murray (a luxury heritage hotel in the Admiralty and Central areas).
Visiting Hong Kong for the first time? Click here for 8 essential things to do for first time visitors to Hong Kong!
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
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 absolutely one of the best rooftop bars in Hong Kong and a must-visit if you are visiting from out of town.
Update: Woolomooloo Wan Chai has closed down its rooftop bar.
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.
Wondering where to stay in Hong Kong? Look into hotels in the Wan Chai, Central, Soho, Sheung Wan and Causeway Bay districts – click here to book accommodation in Hong Kong!
You may want to check out Ovolo Central (a boutique hotel right above Lan Kwai Fong bar area), The Hari (a sophisticated hotel steps away from Wan Chai MTR station) or The Figo (a small boutique hotel conveniently located between Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan).
4. Sugar Bar & Lounge
What Sugar lacks in convenience (it is located on the east side of Hong Kong island, though still easily accessible by MTR), 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. If you’re after an unpretentious place to kick back with a view then this is it!
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.
Looking for a place to stay in Hong Kong? Causeway Bay is one of the most convenient places to stay. Other fantastic options are Wan Chai, Central, Soho and Sheung Wan! Click here to book accommodation in Hong Kong!
6. Hunter & The Chase
Hunter and the Chase 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.
Update: Hunter and the Chase closed down in February 2020.
7. Plume (formerly Piqniq)
Out with the old, in with the new! Plume took the place of Piqniq as the new kid on the block, and the former bohemian-chic beanbags have been replaced with chic tables and lounge sofas. Oenophiles will love their nearly 40-page menu full of world-class wines.
This wine rooftop bar in Hong Kong still has the same stunning view to match – it’s in the heart of Central and the perfect place to hang out on a sunny day in the city.
8. 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.
Update: Honi Honi closed down in May 2021. However you can visit their new space in Tai Hang at Maka Hiki which also has an outdoor terrace area.
Wondering where to stay in Hong Kong? If you want to stay in a quiet neighbourhood with lots of restaurants within walking distance look into hotels in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and nearby Tai Hang – click here to book accommodation in Hong Kong!
You may want to check out TUVE (a small industrial-chic boutique hotel just next to Causeway Bay), Little Tai Hang (a boutique hotel and serviced apartment complex tucked away from the hustle and bustle) or The Fleming (featuring Hong Kong-inspired décor and design in Wan Chai).
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. In my opinion, it was one of the best rooftop bars in Hong Kong – 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: The Exelsior Hotel closed down in March 2019.
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.
Just one floor below Alto Bar is ZENG, a very trendy lounge-slash-restaurant-slash-shisha bar. Zeng wears many hats, and like Alto upstairs offers an outdoor terrace for those seeking a view to go with their tipple, though it is a fraction of the size of Alto’s rooftop area.
That being said, the view is still fantastic and the staff were extremely friendly when we visited. One of the best things about ZENG? Bottomless truffle fries on Wednesdays from 5-7 PM!
Tip: if you’re very sensitive to smoke you might want to give ZENG a miss and visit Alto instead, as many guests smoke shisha indoors here.
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 didn’t used to open every day of the week.
Nevertheless, the view of Central from Popinjays is fantastic, and the open-air terrace is spacious. This rooftop bar in Hong Kong offers an innovative array of cocktails and bar snacks – you’ll love a lazy afternoon spent here.
If you do plan on visiting, give them a call ahead of time to make sure they’re open!
Cruise rooftop bar is located high on the 23rd floor of the Hyatt over in Hong Kong’s North Point neighborhood. This self-proclaimed “outdoor oasis” features a spacious terrace area overlooking the harbour – the fact that there’s plenty of seating means that you can get real comfortable while watching the sun go down below the horizon.
For a more laid-back rooftop bar experience in Hong Kong I highly recommend to this classy-yet-cozy space – it might not be the most obvious choice but the view is well worth the (slight) trek over for a tipple.
15. Faye (formerly Ce 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!
Update: Another one bites the dust. CÉ LA VI closed in early 2020, but the space has since been taken over by Faye, a new rooftop bar in Hong Kong that opened in mid-2021.
16. Red Sugar
Not to be confused with Sugar at East Hotel, the Red Sugar rooftop bar is located in Hung Hom within the Kerry Hotel. Though it is a bit of a pain to get to (either by ferry from Central though the last ferry back is often around 7 PM, or by MTR to Whampoa station), Red Sugar tends to be fairly laid back with a killer view of Hong Kong Island.
We love the truffle-doused tater tots there, and the drink prices are reasonable too. If you’re going out of your way to have a sunset drink at Red Sugar I recommend heading downstairs to Dockyard, a hip-and-happening food court, for dinner afterwards.
Looking for that wow factor? Then head straight to SipSip Rooftop. This secret rooftop bar in Hong Kong is worth the little “trek” out to Tin Hau, next to Causeway Bay. SipSip needs to be on your radar if you want a lesser-known Hong Kong rooftop bar option.
Bookings are highly recommended as seating is limited, and stay tuned to their calendar as they occasionally host live DJ sets, stand-up comedy nights and other special events.
Tucked away in the heart of the city is Carbon, a new rooftop bar in Central on the 26th floor. The spacious rooftop area overlooks the harbour side of Central on one side, and Tai Kwun heritage complex on the other. Head to Carbon on Wednesday for their “All Day Happy Hour” deal, or Thursday for 2-for-1 gin night.
Bonus: 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!
The Aqua Luna is one of my favourite places to take visitors to Hong Kong because they offer sunset cruises along Victoria Harbour, AND they serve wine, cocktails and beer! Your ticket onboard includes 1 drink, and each additional drink is charged fairly reasonably. Click here to get 10-15% off your sunset cruise on the Aqua Luna!
Ready to book your Hong Kong trip? Look for hotels located along the Island (blue) line of the MTR subway system as this gets you across Hong Kong island with easy transfers to other subway lines.
There are some amazing boutique hotels in Hong Kong. I recommend checking out The Fleming, a Hong Kong-inspired boutique hotel perfect for a city getaway, Little Tai Hang in a happening neighborhood on the edge of Causeway Bay, as well as The Murray, a luxury heritage hotel between Central and Admiralty.
Hong Kong’s bar and restaurant scene is constantly evolving and new establishments are being opened left, right and center. Make sure you sign up to the mailing list for more Hong Kong insider tips and city guides!
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