Hong Kong's ultimate go-to guide, Sassy, rounds up its selection of the best outdoor and rooftop bars and restaurants, as well as few favourites from us!
One of the things Hong Kong is famed for is a great view. Whatever location, ambience or tipple you’re after, there really is something for everyone – from fine dining to casual al fresco afternoons.
CÉ LA VI
With a buzzing Club Lounge, a relaxed restaurant and a 360-degree view Sky Deck, this bar is a sought-after destination for stylish cocktails. Time your visit with the Sundowners Happy Hour (from 3pm to 9pm daily) to make the most of the 2-for-1 offer. If you’re looking for a little weeknight pick-me-up, check out the Cuban Nights (every Tuesday), with Latin beats and an abundance of rum.
Top tip: Keen to catch the view during the day? The Sky High Yoga community has taken off with Hong Kong’s highest yoga at the Sky Deck offering panoramic views of Hong Kong’s stunning skyline. (Wednesday at lunchtime, bi-weekly).
CÉ LA VI, 25/F California Tower, 36, 30 D’Aguilar St, Central
Affording exceptional views of Hong Kong harbour and skyline, aqua is the place to be seen for dinner, drinks and date nights. Ultra-stylish, it boats a seriously impressive cocktail list and fusion dishes that earn it a place on many of Hong Kong’s best restaurant lists year after year.
Aqua, 29 & 30/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui
Wooloomooloo Wan Chai
The Wan Chai outlet of this steakhouse restaurant groups offers an exceptional sky-high dining experience. Up on the 31st floor, the cool and contemporary dining room is fitted with full-length windows that frame the magnificent cityscape. But the biggest draw here is the spacious open-air rooftop terrace, a vertiginous haven for drinks with wrap-around views of bustling Wan Chai and beyond.
Wooloomooloo Wan Chai, 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai
Cabana is a luxury beach club in Repulse Bay. With private cabins, indulgent lounge beds, and exclusive onsens (Japanese-style baths), this chilled spot offers an indulgent day of outdoor drinking. Expect champagne flowing and the party rolling throughout the weekend.
Top tip: The more, the merrier – Cabana offers group drink packages that are perfect for partying with friends.
Cabana, The Pulse, 403-404, 4/F, 28, Beach Road, Repulse Bay
Located on the 32nd floor of the EAST Hotel, this spacious outdoor terrace has a view from every angle. The drink menu features an extensive selection of martinis and mojitos, amongst all sorts of summery cocktails and draft beer. Grab your crew and settle under the umbrella-covered patio sofas for a lazy evening. If you’re not opting for the Bento Surf & Turf box (one of our favourites), the pizza and chips are an easy win.
The accommodating staff here even offer up blankets when it gets chilly! You’ll find me huddled under one with a glass of red when January rolls around.
Sugar, 32/F, East Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Tai Koo
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.
The 25th floor perspective is a great spot for visiting guests to check out but this place is pretty much always packed. Opt for the afternoon tea if you’re looking for something quieter.
Sevva, Princes Building, 25/F, 10 Chater Road, Central
Armani / Privé
Follow the dimly lit staircase up and you’ll be welcomed by a chic and spacious (5,000 square feet, to be exact!) terrace. Make yourself at home on the comfy outdoor couches and take your pick from the globally inspired menu – featuring both, Italian and Asian delicacies.
The “after brunch parties” run from 3pm to 7pm every Sunday and offer free flow Peroni, Prosecco and selected cocktails for $250.
Armani / Privé, 2F Landmark Chater (Chater House), 8 Connaught Road Central, Central
Read more: Sassy’s Guide to Hong Kong’s Hidden Bars >