Whether you’re looking to explore the finest in town, or searching for a spot to sit and watch the world go by, these rooftop bars are worth your while. Whatever your priority (location, ambience or top tier cocktails), there really is something for everyone. Now all that’s left to do is settle on a barstool and overlook our million-dollar harbour. We’ll cheers to that!
Red Sugar is located in the Kerry Hotel (part of the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts group) and offers one of the best angles of the city skyline. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or an upscale event, the 270-degree view is a welcome backdrop. It’s home to an impressive collection of craft beers, an extensive wine selection, oak barrel-aged cocktails and innovative bar snacks. Happy hour runs daily from 4pm to 7pm.
Sassy Tip: The barrel-aged cocktails can be packed in bespoke glass bottles with hand-written labels. A perfect personalised present for visiting guests!
Red Sugar, 8 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry/dining/bars-lounges/red-sugar
Popinjays is a rooftop dining destination in The Murray. Set on the top floor of the hotel, the restaurant serves a modern European-inspired menu, along with an impressive beverage selection (check out The Aviary Collection cocktails!). While the restaurant has stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, a must visit is the 420 square metre wrap around terrace, complete with inviting lounge chairs, comfortable couches and unparalleled views of The Peak, Central Hong Kong and its surrounding parks.
Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, www.niccolohotels.com
Another top spot for sunny days can be round at the rooftop of H Queens in Central. Opened by popular restaurant group Le Comptoir, PIQNIQ features a colourful and relaxed space, with killer views and an ever-buzzing atmosphere. The perfect place for a casual catch up with friends, or even a low-key first date.
Sassy Tip: PIQNIQ is also home to Yayoi Kusama’s iconic pumpkin, which takes pride of place in the bar, and is sure to be a hit with savvy Instagrammers.
PIQNIQ, Rooftop, H Queens, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.lecomptoir.hk/piqniq
Did you know that modern Peruvian restaurant ICHU has a beautiful outdoor space? Terraza is ICHU’s “urban-jungle” inspired rooftop terrace and is open daily from 3pm until late. The al fresco spot hosts weekly DJ performances and themed parties, along with regular happy hours, right in the heart of Central.
Sassy Tip: The happy hour can be enjoyed on weekdays from 3pm to 7pm, and includes house beers and wines from $40, and cocktails from $50.
ICHU Terraza, 3F, H Queen, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.ichu.com.hk/terraza
Found right in the heart of Central, ZUMA’s garden terrace is an al fresco city oasis surrounded by skyscrapers. The relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere is perfect for everything from casual drinks to special occasion dinners, with the restaurant and bar offering both high-quality sushi dishes and inventive cocktails. Perfect for sunny weekends, the chic open-air terrace can also be enjoyed during ZUMA’s weekend brunch. Featuring two-hours free-flow “R” de Ruinart NV Champagne and all-you-can-eat sushi, sashimi and skewers for $988, it’s the ultimate indulgence.
ZUMA, Level 5 & 6, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 3657 6388, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zumarestaurant.com
With two locations (in Wan Chai and TST), Wooloomooloo offers up some of the best views in the city. Wooloomooloo Prime in TST features an open-air balcony at the lounge for soaking in the view of Victoria Harbour, and is the perfect spot to enjoy the nightly Symphony of Lights show. On the Island side, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Wan Chai), has its own rooftop terrace, offering a 270-degree view of the Happy Valley Racecourse, Victoria Harbour and the bustling district of Wan Chai.
Sassy Tip: Heading for a drink in TST? Complimentary canapés are served daily from 5pm to 7:30pm.
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Wan Chai): 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2893 6960, www.woo-steakhouse.com
Wooloomooloo Prime (TST): Level 21 The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2870 0087, www.woo-prime.com
Located on the 32nd floor of the EAST Hotel, this spacious outdoor terrace has a view from every angle. Sugar’s drinks menu features an extensive selection of martinis and mojitos, amongst all sorts of summery cocktails and draft beers. Settle under the umbrella-covered sofas on the patio (with an order of Truffle French Fries!) for a perfect lazy evening.
Sassy Tip: Ask for blankets when it gets chilly!
Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge), 32/F, East Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Tai Koo, Hong Kong, www.sugar-hongkong.com
Set in Ovolo Hotel, Komune and ABOVE by Komune are the go-to alfresco drinks spots in Wong Chuk Hang. With drinks and view being the highlight, you can expect creative cocktails and generous sharing plates at this spacious venue. Found on the 23rd floor, the rooftop bar ABOVE offers the same food and drinks as Komune, but with panoramic views of Wong Chuk Hang and beyond.
Komune, 4/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.komune.com.hk
Looking for sky-high sophistication? This place is well known for a reason. With a 360-degree balcony, Sevva offers a front-and-centre view of surrounding skyscrapers and the Hong Kong harbour. The convenient location (slap bang in the middle of Central) offers a chic lounge area and award-winning cocktails.
Sassy Tip: Opt for the afternoon tea if you’re looking to experience Sevva without the crowds.
Sevva, Princes Building, 25/F, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.sevva.hk
Though this isn’t technically a rooftop bar, it has quickly become one of our favourite outdoor spots in Hong Kong. The relaxed ambiance and desirable location (right by Central MTR, Exit D) provide Portico with a winning combination.
Sassy Tip: Ask for the cosy hanging chairs on the far left, pair your drink with the truffle pizza, and your night is set for success.
Portico at Spiga, LHT Tower Podium, 3/F, Central, Hong Kong, www.spiga.com.hk
This sprawling space is complete with a relaxed outdoor area that feels miles away from ifc mall. Expect imported Spanish furnishings, a tapas menu, Jamón Ibérico and classic paella. We had the chance to check it out for ourselves recently and would definitely recommend the Happy Hour (complete with pitchers of Sangria for $450). With award-winning mixologist John Nugent, you’ll find a thoughtful collection of wines and gins, featuring Spanish gems and global favourites. Plus, there’s an extensive cocktail list that brings a little bit of Barcelona’s vibrant culture to our city.
3071-73 level 3, IFC mall, Central, Hong Kong, www.larambla.hk
Head to the boutique rooftop of this top Middle-Eastern restaurant for al fresco drinks and dining on its fairy-light-lit terrace.
10 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.maisonlibanaise.com.hk
It might not be a bar, but this beloved burger joint is still one of the best places in the city to enjoy a view, just be prepared to swap out your cocktail for a milkshake!
ifc Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, www.ifc.com.hk/en/mall
SHÈ serves up contemporary Chinese cuisine and cocktails, and features a spacious outdoor terrace with stunning harbour views.
Portion A of Shop 3025-3026 & 3031-3066, Level 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.sherestaurant.com.hk
Overlooking Wan Chai’s bustling Johnson Road, head to The Pawn’s cute balcony for a range of cocktails, spirits, wines and beers.
The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.thepawn.com.hk
British colonial-themed restaurant and bar, set in the boutique hotel, The Pottinger.
3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.theenvoy.hk
FoFo by el Willy
Casual Spanish joint delivering a modern take on classic tapas, with an outdoor panoramic view of Central and Mid-Levels.
20/F, M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.fofo.hk
Revamped modern bar with sleek interiors and a wraparound view of the city.
27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel – 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.parklane.com.hk
The one-Michelin star restaurant features a spacious outdoor terrace, along with 30% off drinks between 6pm and 9pm daily.
Club Lusitano, 2/F, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.hk.beefbar.com
Located in harbour city, this stunning, minimalist terrace has an 180 degree view of the harbour and a dedicated terrace menu if you fancy a nibble between sips.
Shop OTE401, Level 4, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.harboursidegrill.com.hk
Qi – Nine Dragons
Offers unrivalled views of Hong Kong island from the 20th floor restaurant, and the al fresco rooftop bar.
20/F & Rooftop, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.qi-ninedragons.hk
Marine-themed, with an expansive outdoor patio offering 30th floor views.
30F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.elite-concepts.com
Located on the fourth floor of Eaton HK, Terrible Baby has a beautiful garden terrace with views overlooking Jordan. Don’t miss its amazing two-hour free flow deal for $180 (Sunday to Wednesday) or $250 (Thursday to Saturday), available from 3pm to 9pm daily.
Terrible Baby, 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.terriblebaby.com
The Garage Bar
Food trucks and craft beer make up for the lack of view at this outdoor bar.
Level L, Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.cordishotels.com
Open-air cocktail and shisha lounge, featuring private cabanas and live DJ music.
5/F, The Mira, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.themirahotel.com/dining/vibes
Fine French food, foliage and flowers meet to overlook Victoria Harbour.
Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.epure.hk
Breathtaking floor-to-ceiling views make this buzzing spot a go-to location for visiting guests (no outdoor option).
29/F and 30/F, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, www.aqua.com.hk
Located on the 118th floor of the Ritz Carlton, this is officially the highest sky bar in Hong Kong. Opt for a seat on the terrace to soak in the sights.
118/F, The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, 1 Austin Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/hong-kong/dining/ozone
Harlan’s Bar and Restaurant
Indoor and outdoor Italian restaurant, featuring VIP rooms, a sprawling balcony and it’s very own “Secret Truffle Dressing”.
19/F, The One, 100 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, www.jcgroup.hk/restaurants/harlans
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 31 May 2016 and was last updated September, 2020.