Rooftop bars and alfresco terraces offer the perfect respite for an urban jungle escape. Whether it’s for post-work tipples, celebrating a special occasion or just because, here’s where to go for sundowners with a view…
Whether you’re after dinner with a view, or just want a spot to sit for happy hour and watch the world go by (with a million-dollar harbour view too), having your bar table perched on top of a rooftop is just something else. Whatever your priority (location, ambience, rooftop views or top tier cocktails), there really is something for everyone. Scroll through for our pick of the best rooftop bars and alfresco terraces across Hong Kong. We’ll cheers to that!
Not your average rooftop bar, Top Town‘s lavish chandeliers are just the cherry on top, combined with stunning panoramic views of Central. The art-deco-inspired American Seafood Bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating and is perfect for casual lunches and late-night cocktails. Speaking of drinks, sample its colourful signature cocktails that are each a twist on classics, as well as its selection of premium wines, whisky, cigars and premium shishas (available Thursday to Saturday). Don’t stop there, Top Town’s seafood selections are made to go with your bubbles, from premium oysters to tuna tartare and more.
ABOVE by Komune
Set in Ovolo Hotel, ABOVE by Komune is our go-to rooftop drinks spot in Wong Chuk Hang. Expect creative cocktails, generous sharing plates and – the best bit – panoramic rooftop views of Wong Chuk Hang and beyond.
With an unbeatable view from the 31st floor of V Point Tower in Causeway Bay, this rooftop steakhouse also draws its crowds for the cocktails lovers looking for an unparalleled view. With its sleek interiors and extensive menus, ALTO remains a favourite. Happy hour runs daily from 5pm to 7pm with drinks starting at $68.
Swap the hustle and bustle of Central for sundowners in North Point. Found on the 23rd floor of Hyatt Centric, this hidden gem offers panoramic views and a spacious outdoor terrace – check and check! As for the concoctions, there are plenty of options that’ll suit all taste buds.
Searching for drinks with a view in Kowloon? This marine-themed rooftop restaurant and bar has you covered. Bag a seat on Eyebar’s expansive outdoor rooftop patio and treat yourself to the signature “Suzie Wrong” cocktail. Hong Kong nights don’t get better than this.
The goldies will remember CÉ LA VI days, perched on top of California Tower, Faye is where you need to be especially for pre-game, though the drinks may be on the pricer side, the party scene here will get you pumped up for sure. No matter the time of the day, this rooftop bar’s charm is undivided.
Did you know that modern Peruvian restaurant ICHU has a beautiful outdoor rooftop space? Terraza is ICHU’s urban-jungle inspired rooftop terrace. The al fresco spot hosts weekly DJ performances, along with regular happy hours (including offers on shisha), right in the heart of Central.
Sassy Tip: Looking for that rooftop ambience without those rooftop prices? ICHU’s happy hour can be enjoyed on weekdays from 3pm to 6pm, and includes house beers and wines, along with selected signature cocktails.
Come for the shisha, fusion bites and creative cocktails and stay for the views and tropical vibes! The comically named drinks are all mostly on the lighter side, perfect for a relaxing afternoon watching the sunset. If you ask us, we always go for Life Sucks, Let’s Get Drunk, Damn Pissed Off! and If Not Now, When?.
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Though technically not a rooftop, La Rambla boasts a generous outdoor area overlooking the harbour that feels miles away from ifc mall. Expect imported Spanish furnishings, moreish tapas and a killer drinks menu (hello sangria!). Pro-tip: happy hour runs from 3pm to 8pm, Mondays to Fridays, and includes drinks from just $65.
Taking its cue from the Japanese Alps, Lounge Hakuba bring us all of the après ski vibes. Think high ceilings and cosy seating, designed to evoke the feel of an airy ski chalet, complete with a rooftop terrace decked out in an insta-worthy campsite aesthetic. Though relatively new to Hong Kong’s rooftop bar scene, this pick has quickly become a fan favourite for its Japanese-inspired cocktails and omakase shisha experience.
Drink among the clouds at the highest rooftop bar in the world! Located on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, this rooftop lounge is as much a tourist attraction as it is a sleek (and somewhat pricey) watering hole. OZONE’s open-air rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to survey the sparkling lights of Hong Kong.
This cosy yet trendy rooftop bar with its hues of grey and yellow sure pop on your Insta feed but wait till you’re tickled pink with its refined French cuisine and panoramic views of Central. The golden hour is the time to be here, with happy hour running daily from 5pm to 8pm with buy-one-get-one-free select wines!
Set on the top floor of The Murray, this rooftop restaurant and bar is one of Hong Kong’s finest, serving up a modern European-inspired menu, along with an impressive beverage selection. While Popinjays’ restaurant has stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, a must visit is the 420-square metre rooftop wrap-around terrace, complete with inviting lounge chairs, comfortable couches and unparalleled views of The Peak, Central Hong Kong and its surrounding parks.
Portico (at Spiga)
This sprawling al-fresco rooftop terrace, attached to Italian restaurant Spiga, is one of our favourite outdoor spots in Hong Kong for casual drinks. The relaxed ambiance and desirable location (right by Central MTR, Exit D) provide Portico with a winning combination. In addition to drinks, this rooftop bar serves tasty bar snacks, including pizza and antipasti.
Sassy Tip: Ask for the cosy hanging chairs on the far left of the rooftop terrace, pair your drink with the truffle pizza, and your night is set for success.
Portico (at Spiga), LHT Tower Podium, 3/F, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.spiga.com.hk
Located within the Kerry Hotel, this rooftop bar offers one of the best angles of the Hong Kong skyline. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or an upscale event, the 270-degree view is a welcome backdrop. Red Sugar is home to an impressive collection of craft beers, an extensive wine selection, oak barrel-aged cocktails and innovative bar snacks, which can be enjoyed in the Andre Fu-designed bar or out on the spacious rooftop terrace.
Looking for sky-high sophistication? This particular rooftop restaurant and bar is well known for a reason. With a 360-degree rooftop 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, award-winning cocktails and elevated gourmet bites.
Sassy Tip: Opt for the afternoon tea if you’re looking to experience Sevva’s rooftop without the crowds.
Found on the 27th floor of The Park Lane Hong Kong hotel, this rooftop restaurant and bar has you covered on all fronts, including food, drinks and views. It’s right opposite Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, and comes with panoramic vistas of Hong Kong’s skyline and waterfront.
Located on the 32nd floor of the EAST Hotel, this spacious rooftop bar and lounge has a different view of Hong Kong from every angle. Sugar’s drinks menu features an extensive selection of martinis and mojitos, amongst all sorts of delicious cocktails and draft beers. Settle under the umbrella-covered sofas on the rooftop patio (with an order of Truffle French Fries!) for a perfect lazy evening.
Sassy Tip: Rooftop Sundowners run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday to Friday, and 3pm to 7:30pm on weekends and public holidays, with cocktails starting from just $78.
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Proving great rooftop bars can be found on the “dark side” too, Eaton HK’s Terrible Baby is one of our favourite Kowloon spots for drinks. Here you’ll find a beautiful garden terrace with urban views overlooking Jordan. In addition to the casual rooftop vibes, don’t sleep on the creative cocktails on offer here, crafted by Bar Manager Axel Gonzalez.
With locations in Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui, Wooloomooloo offers up some of the best rooftop views in Hong Kong. Both locations function as rooftop restaurant and bars, serving up crowd-pleasing comfort eats, with a special focus on premium steak.
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Found right in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central, ZUMA’s rooftop 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 this rooftop restaurant and bar offering both high-quality sushi dishes and inventive cocktails. On warm weather weekends, we love sitting out on the chic open-air terrace and tucking into ZUMA’s legendary free-flow brunch.
More Rooftop Bars And Al-Fresco Terraces In Hong Kong
With a skyline like Hong Kong there really are endless options for a rooftop drink! Here are some more picks around the city.
- aqua – This iconic Hong Kong restaurant has relocated to the brand new H Zentre. Kick off your evening with a cocktail on the alfresco terrace. www.aqua.com.hk
- Cielo Steakhouse & Bar – Perched atop the 47th floor of the Crowne Plaza in Tseung Kwan O, this alfresco rooftop is worth journeying to the New Territories for. www.ihg.com/crowneplaza
- Duddells – With a drink on the Duddells rooftop terrace you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Central. www.duddells.co
- The Envoy – Rooftop terrace restaurant and bar in The Pottinger Hotel, Central. www.theenvoy.hk
- The Garage – Head over to the Cordis Hotel in Mong Kok for this Food Truck and Craft Beer themed rooftop bar. www.cordishotels.com/the-garage-bar
- Harbourside Grill – Head to this TST rooftop bar for a sundowner on the alfresco terrace and be treated to unparalleled views of the Hong Kong Island skyline. www.sandshospitality.com/harbourside-grill
- HYC – Grab a gin-based cocktail and take in the 360° view from this rooftop bar and shisha lounge. www.hychongkong.com
Editor’s Note: “Top 20 Rooftop Bars And Al-Fresco Terraces In Hong Kong” was most recently updated in December 2022 by Fashila Kanakka.
Main image courtesy of Kerry Hotel Hong Kong via Facebook, image 1 courtesy of Ovolo Hotels Hong Kong via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of ALTO via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of @faye.hkg via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of La Rambla, image 5 courtesy of Ozone at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Plume via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of SEVVA via Facebook, image 8 courtesy of Terrible Baby via Facebook.