Outdoor Bars and Restaurants in Hong Kong you’ll want to hit up
Everyone wants to make the most of the summer weather (when it’s not a typhoon/rainstorm warning/monsoon of course), and that means anywhere with a bit of outdoor space will be packed with people in the ‘Kong. That’s why we decided to let you in on a couple of hidden al fresco spots so you can try to escape the crowds but still enjoy the sun. We’ve included some brand new venues that haven’t (yet!) been invaded by the masses, as well as some of our tried and tested hidden favourites… grab a cocktail and go before it’s too late!
1. ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge
Tucked away down On Lan Street (opposite the men’s J. Crew store) is ON Dining. We’ve been frequenting this quieter spot since it opened last December and apart from the exquisite food from the folks behind Upper Modern Bistro (see our full review here), this classy little spot also has a quaint outdoor terrace. With a rather dazzling view of Central’s lit up skyscrapers, you really feel like you’re in the middle of the city. Snack on some of the spectacular cheeses on offer and choose your tipple from the very cool retro-style newspaper menus at this stylish hangout.
Nothing screams summer like a tiki bar! If you want to be transported to a tropical paradise with no worries and chilled out vibes, then you’ve got to check out Mahalo. Situated in Wan Chai, this new ‘it’ bar comes from the brains behind Honi Honi (one of our favourite watering holes here at Sassy HQ!), so it’s no surprise that the drinks are delicious and the decor is spot on. Think sophisticated tiki lounge with a retro twist, and (you guessed it) an open outdoor terrace. It’s the perfect little spot for sipping on a tropical cocktail on a balmy summer’s eve.
Mahalo, 29/F, QRE Tower, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2488 8750, www.facebook.com/mahalotikilounge
3. ABOVE at Ovolo Southside
If really want to get away from the hubbub of the city, then make your way out to Wong Chuk Hang in the Southside to the hip Ovolo hotel. Up on the 29th floor you’ll find ‘ABOVE’, the hotel bar, which overlooks Aberdeen. The impressive view is enough to warrant a visit, and the atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated. We would definitely recommend it for an intimate date night away from the hubbub of Central, especially if you’re looking for somewhere to impress!
ABOVE, 23/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 3460 8100, www.facebook.com/ovolo.above
4. The Kinnet Café
Now this is a confusing one. Located bang in the middle of Sheung Wan, The Kinnet Café is actually on the third floor of The Kinnet Centre… yep, a wellness centre for the over 50s. But the café is not just for older people! The casual café has recently had a revamp and serves up a fresh new menu which includes delicious French-style tartins, healthy salads, scrumptious hearty roasts and refreshing juices and smoothies (see our full review here). And the best thing is the outdoor terrace! The cute terrace is the ideal, quiet yet convenient spot for lunch, especially on a nice summer’s day. Pop by in the evening too to take advantage of the good value happy hour… a glass of vino on a chilled out terrace? Why not!
5. Fu Lu Shou
Although Fu Lu Shou has been open for about a year (check out our full review for it here), we still like to think of it as a super hidden hideout. You’ve really got to be ‘in the know’ to know about this funky rooftop resto, which is hidden up an unassuming building on Hollywood Road. The rickety lift to get there gives no indication of the fabulously fun interior and the tongue-in-cheek ‘Western Chinese’ cuisine to come, not to mention the delectable cocktails to boot! We love the cool street art on the wall outside and can’t wait to escape to this secret spot above the busy streets below for another evening of comfort food and cocktails with the girls.
Fu Lu Shou, 7/F, 31 Hollywood Road, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2336 8812, www.facebook.com/FuLuShouHK