If Hong Kong is known for two things, it has to be the incredible skyscrapers that make this concrete jungle beautiful, and the amazing food and drinks scene where you can literally find every cuisine under the sun. So the best way to experience Hong Kong is by visiting the rooftop bars, which combine the two! Whether it’s a sundowner, happy hour after work, or a nice dinner date, here is your complete list of rooftop bars in Hong Kong that you HAVE to visit! And not to worry when it comes to those rainy days – there are venues on this list with covered terraces to keep you nice and dry.
Eyebar — Tsim Sha Tsui
Eyebar has an impressive range of drinks, including their signature cocktail the “Suzie Wrong”, house cocktails, mocktails and all your regulars. Add the incredible view from the 30th floor, the full Hong Kong island city skyline, and you have the perfect combination. They have a spacious indoor lounge, with floor-to-ceiling windows to admire the view, but you have to get there early to get a spot at their outdoor terrace. It truly is an unrivalled experience in Hong Kong.
Shop 3001, 30/F, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2487 3988
Felix at The Peninsula — Tsim Sha Tsui
The Peninsula is an icon of Hong Kong, and nestled on the 28th floor is Felix, a city favourite for soaking in breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour in style! While it doesn’t have an outdoor space, you can take in the scene from its floor to ceiling windows while enjoying its modern European cuisine and great range of cocktails. They also often have live music and a DJ, so you’ll always have a great time!
28/F, The Peninsula, 22 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2696 6778
HYC Bar & Lounge — Tsim Sha Tsui
Offering the combination of Ginspired drinks, luxe hookah and 360 views of the city, HYC has it all! Based on the importance of the botanical connection between shisha and gin, it provides both high quality and flavourful shisha combinations – a full sensory experience. It also boasts an outdoor terrace with panoramic views overlooking Kowloon and Hong Kong, being on the 22nd floor.
22/F, Nathan Hill, 38 Hillwood Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2572 6388
Aqua — Tsim Sha Tsui
Another staple of Hong Kong, Aqua, flagship of the Aqua restaurant group, is the stunning penthouse restaurant on the 30th floor of the One Peking building in TST. Combining the worlds of Japan and Italy, Aqua is a stylish restaurant bar, with of course, spectacular view. Their ever changing signature menu makes sure you will keep returning. Our current favourites are their icepop cocktails – new frozen alcohol & fruit infused pop paired with bubbles!
29-30/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 3427 2288
OZONE at The Ritz Carlton — Jordan
OZONE lands on many a Hong Kong bucket list, and it’s easy to see why: taking a swift lift ride 118 floors over the city? Check. Having a drink 1,608 feet above sea level? Check. Taking memorable photos from one of the highest bars in the world? Check. We can already see the hashtags filling your social feeds. You will inevitably end up here during your time in Hong Kong, and you won’t regret it. The prices are notoriously high, so we’d suggest going early and enjoying the happy hour offers. (Please note that this terrace is – thankfully as it’s a long way up – mostly enclosed.)
Level 118, The Ritz Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon | +852 2263 2270
Terrible Baby at Eaton HK — Yau Ma Tei
Head over to the lush, green terrace on the fourth floor of the Eaton and you will be transported to the wonderland that is Terrible Baby. Already winning a number of awards across Hong Kong, you can see why this new spot has become so popular. Their creative and sustainable cocktails are aplenty and you’ll have a hard time choosing! So head over and enjoy the drinks and shisha for nice lazy afternoon with you closest friends, while taking in the urban views of Jordan.
4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon | +852 2710 1866
The Garage Bar in The Cordis — Mong Kok
For beer lovers, the fourth floor terrace of The Cordis, The Garage Bar, is a must visit. With an impressive range of local and international craft beer, and views of the sky between the Kowloon cityscape, time will fly while you’re there. They blend Western food truck favourites with traditional Asian flavours, all served up while you’re sitting in a red and black theme décor.
Level L, The Cordis, 555 Shanghai St, Mong Kok | +852 3552 3028
Cielo at Crowne Plaza Kowloon — Tseung Kwan O
In the up and coming neighbourhood of Tsueng Kwan O, on the 47th floor of the Crowne Plaza Kowloon, is a hidden gem. An American steakhouse/Italian restaurant, Cielo not only does delicious foods, but has a number of great signature cocktails. We recommend the Fire-Ice which has homemade Chilli Cachaca 51. And with their relaxed ambiance, and different views of mountains, oceans and even the HK skyline, this one is worth the trek!
47/F, Crowne Plaza Kowloon, 3 Tong Tak St, Tseung Kwan O | +852 3983 0388
Hong Kong Island
ABOVE by Komune at Ovolo Southside — Wong Chuk Hang
Forget rooftops in Central for a change, and head to the south side of the island for what is billed as the “first truly elevated rooftop bar on the city’s southern coastline”. We can attest that the scenery from the 24th floor of the Ovolo Southside above Wong Chuk Hang is fantastic, providing a calm scene of the surrounding green mountains. And on a good HK weather day you’ll easily spend hours on the terrace of ABOVE, as the bar snacks go down nicely with cold beers and cocktails, and the cushy lounge seating is most appealing. (ABOVE is temporarily closed as Ovolo Southside is a designated quarantine hotel.)
23-24/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang | +852 3460 8157
Sugar at EAST — Tai Koo
Sugar is one of our go-tos for outdoor drinking, as it offers a different change of pace, and outlook, from Taikoo Shing. While many of the rooftop bars seem to fall on top of the tall buildings of Central, this gem in Quarry Bay is very appealing. The long deck and roomy lounge on the 32nd floor of EAST Hotel have plenty of space, so you can enjoy your beverage without having to worry about it ending up on your shirt. Take in the resident DJ until the wee hours, or just laze about on umbrella-covered patio furniture with an intoxicating “Eastern Gimlet“, one of their signature cocktails.
32/F, EAST Hong Kong, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo | +852 3968 3738
SKYE at The Park Lane — Causeway Bay
Is it just us, or does ordering a drink from an illuminated bar make waiting for your turn a little less irritating? Maybe it’s the way it makes your martini glow, or because it’s a touch warm as you lean against it for a closer peek of the drink menu? If you can’t decide, put your faith in SKYE’s expert mixologists, who’ll whip up a bespoke cocktail that is as visually enticing (some come brimming with dry ice) as it is delicious. There are 12 eclectic ones to sample via the “SKYE Passport”, with nods to Mexico (the spicy “Picosito”) and the “Bo-Lo-Yau”, a tribute to local food culture inspired by the pineapple bun. You’ll love them as much as the stunning Victoria Park and harbour perspective, 27 floors up.
27/F, The Park Lane, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay | +852 2839 3327
Alto — Causeway Bay
“Beneath the Skies, yet up with the Stars” truly describes the feeling of sitting on the 31st floor in ALTO. The décor, inspired by the views of the mountains, sea and sky, captures the four classical elements of earth, air, fire and water, creating a memorable event every time you visit. Their specially crafted menu, robust wine list and delicious cocktails will have the foodies also singing their praises.
31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay | +852 2603 7181
Lounge Hakuba — Causeway Bay
This is another spot which also serves shisha, Hong Kong’s newest favourite pastime. On the 3rd floor in Causeway Bay, Lounge Hakuba is inspired by a mountaineering and ski resort in the town of Hakuba, situated in the Japanese Alps. In the outdoor space, you truly feel like you’re in nature, surrounded by green grass, camping equipment and outdoor chairs. Plus with a view of the open sky and sea, you can almost believe that you’re on that ski holiday that you’re craving.
3/F, TOWER 535, 535 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay | +852 2111 1707
Boba Bear — Causeway Bay & Central
Combining boba, shisha and cocktails, all things Hong Kongers (and apparently people around the world) love! They have branches around the US, Korean and Hong Kong, and continue to expand. Be sure to try their signature drinks, which can come with lychee jelly or tapioca boba. The “Elderflower South Side” is perfect for a sundowner from the 30th floor terrace (Causeway Bay) or two terraces on the 3/F at their Central location, admiring the view while enjoying a drink and some innovatively flavoured shisha. A perfect hang out with your friends!
30/F, Zing!, 38 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay | +852 2618 6907
3/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central | +852 2568 2622
Wooloomooloo — Wan Chai
While it’s known as a steakhouse, people tend to visit Wooloomooloo’s Wan Chai offering for the awesome views from its sprawling terrace. Set in a prime location, the 31st floor of The Hennessy, there’s plenty to grab your attention below – Happy Valley Racecourse, Victoria Harbour and the bustle of Wan Chai’s famous streets. But if you do have a hankering for beef, the floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining area with those stellar views are a lovely accompaniment to your steak dinner.
31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai | +852 2893 6960
‘Ohana Tiki Lounge — Wan Chai
This Tiki-inspired restaurant bar is another that serves not just refreshing cocktails but also shisha. With their sustainability mission, they take the “stem to seed” approach, by making full use of ingredients and batch brews, attempting to close the cocktail loop. From the 29th floor, you can enjoy the greenery and views from their outdoor terrace, a great spot to catch the sunset, while sipping on their signature rum-based cocktails such as “Bulu Bulu Bulu“, “Pearl of the Tiki Gods” and “Pirate’s Rage“.
29/F, QRE Plaza, Wan Chai | +852 2648 0900
Pool Terrace at The Four Seasons — Central
The Pool Terrace at The Four Seasons is far from being a well-kept secret, but that doesn’t mean it’s become overcrowded. With the pool only open to hotel guests, the breeze on the 6th floor and vast views of Victoria Harbour are still an exclusive experience. With light fusion dining (think Impossible hot dogs and Hainan chicken rice) and cool frozen cocktails, the Pool Terrace is a great choice for rooftop libations.
6/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance St, Central | +852 3196 8888
Piqniq (Temporarily closed) — Central
A visit to Piqniq is like hanging out on your cool friend’s patio – a friend who can afford a giant pumpkin by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama for outdoor decor (the sculpture has now moved to a new home). The red and white polka-dotted sculpture is perched among patterned bean bag chairs and other comfy seating under twinkling lights. Hong Kong’s first rooftop guinguette, Piqniq’s the kind of spot where you can kick back in relaxed attire and enjoy a cocktail. No food is served, so make sure you prep your stomach before visiting!
Rooftop, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Rd Central, Central | +852 5200 1683
Popinjays at The Murray — Central
Atop the swanky Murray Hotel, Popinjays’ chic ambience greets you from the moment you step out of the lift that opens onto the rooftop. A wraparound bar is the focal point, as is Central’s skyline, which keeps you company as you settle in for some very good imbibing courtesy of head mixologist Manuel Saavedra-Ramirez. Cocktails here have an aviary theme (popinjays, an old term for parrots, takes its name from the resident cockatoos in the neighbourhood) and you’ll be hard-pressed not to spot someone drinking out of a macaw’s head. The popular “Blue Macaw”, a blend of montelobos mezcal, ancho reyes, yellow chartreuse, fresh pineapple and lemon juice, is as nice to drink as it is to look at.
26/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | +852 3141 8888
Duddell’s — Central
This iconic Central spot which a dining room and art gallery in one space, is a must try for their high-end Cantonese cuisine and creative cocktail menu. On level three you will find the Michelin star restaurant, with all-day dim sum for an elevated yum cha. If you go up one floor, there is the beautiful garden terrace and salon, where you can enjoy brunch, snacks or of course, drinks. All while enjoying the greenery; a respite in the middle of the recognizable Hong Kong buildings.
Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central | +852 2525 9191
SEVVA — Central
No need to hit LKF for a lively Saturday night, just stay put on SEVVA’s rooftop bar for no shortage of entertainment. Whether you’re bumping elbows with dolled-up people, taking in the 360-degree views of the city, or sipping cocktails from beautiful stemware as the fireworks glow behind you, it’s never a dull experience. Afternoons are also inviting, as SEVVA does tempting tapas and sharing plates, followed by Ms B’s famed cakes for dessert. And fancy cocktails, in our opinion, can be taken at any time of the day.
25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central + 852 2537 1388
La Rambla by Catalunya — Central
For a feast for both your eyes and your stomach, La Rambla by Catalunya on Level 3 of the IFC is your go to spot. While their interiors, which are inspired by Barcelona and boast of tasteful green booths and rattan chairs, are exceptional, the true delight is the outside terrace, with the spectacular view of Victoria Harbour. Their Catalan cuisine offers a number of tapas along with unbeatable paella and other daily fresh market specials. You can’t go wrong with a sunset sangria in this gorgeous spot.
3071-3073, Level 3, IFC, 8 Finance St, Central | +852 2661 1161
Portico by SPIGA — Central
For an incredible al fresco dining experience, check out Portico on the terrace adjoining Spiga, a perfect location for pre-dinner drinks, relaxing cocktails or even if you’re hosting an event. A warm reminder of vintage Italy, with its gorgeous cinematic 1950’s style décor and authentic Italian snacks and pizzas, this space has it all. As it’s on the third floor, it doesn’t have much of a view, but you’ll forget all about that with their “Cocktails & Not”: the Gabriella spritz is a must try!
3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Rd Central, Central | +852 2871 0055
Faye — Central
This brand new sparkling rooftop club is THE place to party. Located on the 25th and 26th floors of California Tower, taking the place of Ce La Vie, Faye has a cool and contemporary vibe, with inflatable spaceships and other outer-space gimmicks and some of the best live beats in town. If you need a breather from the dancing, just step outside onto the sky deck and get breathtaking views of Central’s iconic buildings.
25-26/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar St, Central | +852 3619 4282
Ichu Terraza by Ichu Peru — Central
Be teleported to the mountainous terrain of Peru, right within Central! In the urban jungle of Central, on the third floor, you’ll be surrounded by the plants and furniture inspired by the natural rock formations of the scenic landscapes. With their signature cocktails also inspired by different regions of Peru and incredible shisha, you can’t miss out the buzz at this happening spot.
3/F, H Queen’s Building, 80 Queen’s Rd Central, Central | +852 2477 7717
Zuma — Central
A signature in Hong Kong, Zuma is in the heart of the city, on the 6th floor in Landmark. They have several areas serving their twist on traditional Japanese izakaya dining, but the terrace is the place for an afterwork drink, business lunch or dinner date. During the day, you can bask in the natural light and at night, admire the lights of the Central office district. Best of both worlds!
601-603, 6/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd Central, Central, | +852 3657 6388
The Lawn at The Upper House — Admiralty
The Upper House is known for its incredible restaurants and bars, and The Lawn is not one to miss out on! On the sixth floor you can find a secret retreat for a drink in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, but you can still see the Hong Kong skyscrapers. With green grass, contemporary patio furniture and lounge music this truly puts you in vacation mode. Best part? Your furry friends are welcome on weekends from 11am – 7pm!
Level 6, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | +852 2918 1838
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Contributions from Kopal MANGLIK
Born in New Delhi, brought up in Hong Kong, and having lived in New York, city life is in Kopal’s blood. You can find her exploring her beloved city. Whether it’s the latest sustainable fashion store, or the cutest new coffee shop, she loves finding the hidden secrets of Hong Kong. In her free time, Kopal is a active advocate for animal welfare and adoption, and she runs a Facebook and Instagram page, @adoptdontshop.hk.