Author: Charmaine Ng
Hong Kong’s legendary skyline is one we never get tired of. For a special night out with friends – or even casual after-work drinks with fellow coworkers – we’ve rounded up the best terrace and rooftop bars that offer unobstructed, stunning views of the city.
Located on the rooftop of H Queen’s, Piqniq is a crowd favourite on sunny days. The outdoor terrace, overlooking the neighbourhood of Central, is decked out in beanbags, fairy lights and vibrant artworks, including Yayoi Kasuma’s famous pumpkin sculpture. Along with the view, Piqniq’s colourful space makes it the perfect place for afternoon tea – served in baskets, picnic-style – and after work beverages with your friends.
Piqniq, R/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central, 5200 1683
Sophisticated and swanky, rooftop restaurant and bar Popinjays is only accessible via a private elevator in The Murray on Cotton Tree Drive. Encased in floor-to-ceiling windows with a wraparound terrace that looks out to all directions, you’ll be treated to Instagram-worthy views of the Central neighbourhood. Popinjays offers a world-class selection of classic cocktails, bespoke creations and specialty spirits, which you can enjoy with a variety of tasty bar snacks while gazing out at the Hong Kong skyline.
Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 3141 8888
We can’t not mention Sevva in a rooftop bar round-up. This posh cocktail bar, located in Prince’s Building in Central, is known not only for its signature afternoon tea but also its 360-degree balcony that presents panoramic views of the harbour. Designed by style icon Bonnae Gokson, Sevva boasts an array of handpicked art pieces throughout its space and offers one of the best places in Hong Kong to view firework displays and the ‘Symphony of Lights’ laser show.
Sevva, 25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, 2537 1388
Above by Komune
Head down to Ovolo Southside in Wong Chuk Hang for a unique view of Hong Kong. Above by Komune sits at the very top of the boutique hotel, offering views of a different side of the city that is surrounded by mountain peaks. The rooftop bar caters for all-day dining and cocktails, serving up Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist, on its open terrace space that invites you to sit back and wind down with friends.
Above by Komune, 23/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 3460 8157
Known for its special signature cocktail the ‘Suzie Wrong’, Eyebar is one of the most spectacular venues from which to take in an unrivalled view of the Hong Kong skyline, while enjoying a relaxing drink. The martime-inspired restaurant offers an exotic cocktail menu and creative Asian bar bites, all served in its swanky interior space fitted with beautiful Chinese tiles and huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Before you leave, don’t forget to head over on its outdoor alfresco deck for a panoramic view of the city’s best landmarks.
Eyebar, 30/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2487 3988
Pumping out music from the eastern side of Hong Kong Island, Sugar, spread across the entire 32nd floor of East Hotel, offers incredible views of the Kowloon skyline and a spacious bar, deck and lounge. It’s particularly popular during happy hour as workers at the nearby Taikoo Place head over for a quick tipple whilst they unwind, relax and socialise over the sunset.
Sugar, 32/F, EAST Hong Kong, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, 3968 3738
Ozone, the world’s highest bar, can be found perched on the 118th floor at The Ritz-Carlton. At 480 metres above ground, this bar boasts unobstructed views of western Hong Kong Island and Kowloon from its outdoor roof terrace. Meanwhile, its indoor area is decked with black marble, avant grade furnishing and new age lighting to set the mood. Savour delicious cocktails and Asian tapas during the day and don’t miss its dance parties and live performances when night falls.
Ozone, Level 118, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, 2263 2270
Sitting atop of The Park Lane Hotel in Causeway Bay, Skye is a hidden gem that not many know about. As both a rooftop restaurant and bar, Skye serves delicious contemporary French cuisine in an elegant indoor setting that opens out to a large terrace. The decor of the bar area is sleek and futuristic, transforming you straight into the scenes of a sci-fi movie with its neon lights and in-house DJ.
Skye, 27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, 2839 3327
Read more: Your neighbourhood guide to Causeway Bay
Located on the fourth floor of Eaton Hong Kong, this rooftop bar has a quirky name translated from the French phrase ‘enfant terrible’, an expression used in the world of creative arts to describe a usually young and successful person who is strikingly unorthodox or avant-garde. Living up to its name, Terrible Baby shakes up an enticing repertoire of sustainable cocktails, as well as a large selection of rosés and gins, on its spacious outdoor terrace in Jordan. If you love music, the bar also hosts regular live shows that are popular with the in-crowd.
Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton Hong Kong, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, 2710 1866
One of Hong Kong’s most popular rooftop bars, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse in Wan Chai not only cooks up a mean steak but also offers magnificent views of Victoria Harbour, Happy Valley Racecourse and Wan Chai’s entertainment and shopping district. It shakes up a range of creative cocktails and an impressive list of wine that you can enjoy while you chill out to the nightly DJ tunes.
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, Wan Chai, 31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 2893 6960