For an off-the-radar yet very special rooftop bar in Hong Kong, take a trip to Sugar. Perched on the 32nd floor of the lifestyle hotel, East, this laid-back bar is a big hit with Hong Kong hipsters and in-the-know expats, who use it as a jumping off point (not literally of course) for a night on the tiles. One of the mellowest rooftop terraces in Hong Kong, it’s all about sinking into one of the squishy sofas with some good friends and a couple of cocktails – house favourites include the Latini with vodka, lemon, lychee and apple and the Sugar Cosmo with citrus vodka, Grand Marnier, lime and raspberry. Taking sundowners on the deck or lapping up the sounds from the French DJ under pulsating pink and purple lights, life just couldn’t be sweeter.
Address: 32/F, East Hotel, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo
If you’re looking to step out in Hong Kong then you’re going to want to look your best for a trip to SEVVA, the swankiest rooftop bar in the city. Owned by Chanel’s former Asia Pacific communications director and Hong Kong style icon, Bonnie Gokson, this penthouse bar on the top of the prestigious Prince’s Building boasts a spectacular wraparound terrace with sensational views of Sir Norman Foster’s HSBC building, I.M. Pei’s China Bank and the sparkling city and harbour. Elbow your way past the bankers and beautiful people, bag a spot on the gorgeous terrace, order up a fruity Kama Sutra cocktail (made with fresh passionfruit, mango, lime, rum and a decadent dark rum shooter on the side) and savour your moment at one of the world’s most glamorous bars.
Address: Prince’s Building 25th Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central
Ozone at the Ritz Carlton
For the ultimate al fresco experience, take the leather-clad elevator to Ozone at the top of the world’s highest hotel, the Ritz-Carlton. The bar and terrace encompasses the entire 118th floor and it’s a stunner in every sense; a superlative sci-fi space, a kind of Blade Runner meets the Jetsons mix-up of bars, booths and cubist lines. The view is of course the other power player, presenting a positively vertiginous vista of the city below – there are binoculars to tempt your inner voyeur – so try and bag a corner table for the best wraparound view. Be warned though, the cocktails may be killer (Mmm Dragontini), but so are the prices, so your head won’t be the only thing that’s lighter when you leave.
Address: 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road, Kowloon
La Terrazza at Lupa
La Terrazza may be new to the Hong Kong rooftop bar scene (and on one of the lowest levels with only a third-floor footing) but with its red-hot location near Lan Kwai Fong along with its secret garden-like outdoor terrace, it’s already a firm favourite. Encased in both gorgeous greenery and looming office blocks, with a huge open bar at its centre, a smoking wood-fire oven in the corner and a fashionable but fun crowd, there’s a lot of things to like about La Terrazza. Luminous glasses of Aperol are the order of the day (and night) and the bars connection to Mario Batali’s latest restaurant Lupa means the New York/Italian-style snacks are simply delectable too.
Address: 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Rd, Central
Come six o’clock, Hong Kong’s suits spill out of Central’s skyscrapers for a stylish post-work drink on the tres chic terrace at Armani/Prive. One of only four Armani/Prive bars in the world (the others being in Milan, Dubai andTokyo), this split-level bar-cum-nightclub is buzzing by sundown and the five deep at the bar by the time the stars come out. When the weekend rolls round, things really heat up, so try and bag a table on the terrace (watch out there’s a hefty minimum spend) and dip downstairs for a dance when the mood takes you. The signature cocktails are noteworthy – try the Amore, a luscious combination of Ice Fox Vodka, Chambard, Limoncello and fresh rasperries – but champagne is the default drink for Armani’s well-coiffed customers.
Address: Armani/Prive, 2/F Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, Central