Nov 14, 2013|
With the biggest rooftop terrace in Hong Kong, Hooray has a gorgeous and unobscured view of the harbor. Good for dates, and for post-CWB unwinding.
Podium 5, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay, 2895-0885.
The Mira’s hidden courtyard bar is large, loungey, open air—and decorated with eerie glowing cubes. Sounds perfect. Show up late, order a Vibes Piscine (champagne poured over crushed ice with strawberries and mint) and a shisha pipe, before dancing the night away under what counts for stars.
5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-5999.
Candles and the glow of the skyline illuminate this outdoor garden bar at The Upper House hotel. Lounge around on bean bags, roll in the (artificial) grass and stare at the orange-gray sky.
6/F, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968-1106.
Perfect for a low-key, chilled-out, extremely drunk evening. It’s got a supreme selection of whisky and bourbon, but what you really want to do is nurse a negroni or six on the terrace over a heart-to-heart that spills well into the morning.
6/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2545-8555.
Carina Lau’s new joint on the 18th floor of The One has a stunning 270-degree wraparound balcony which stretches along the skyline and then down Nathan Road. Grab friends, sangria and an eyeful.
18/F, The One, 100 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2147-0111.
Baby B is unpretentious, charming and open very late: spill outdoors into the street with a huge tub of Hoegaarden and watch the increasingly disheveled partygoers of LKF weave past.
18 Wo On Lane, Central, 2167-7244.
A huge palm-filled outdoor terrace, Cuban beats and one whole load of rum. Keep with the theme by ordering a mojito or a boozy mai tai, and then talk way too much about the Caribbean, your hopes and your dreams.
4/F, The Plaza, 21 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2851-4880.
Bored of that standard skyline view? Yeah, we’re so over vistas of majestic grandeur too. A lesser-known panorama greets you on the 32nd floor of the East Hotel: the streets of North Point, Quarry Bay and Tai Tam—and across the harbor, Kwun Tong, the Kai Tak cruise terminal and Kowloon Bay. Well worth a trip if you’re getting HK-ennui.
32/F, East Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Rd., Tai Koo, 3968-3738, www.sugar-hongkong.com.
Get to Pier 7 early in the evening, sit on top of the Star Ferry pier, and watch as the sun sets into Kennedy Town. The boats twinkle past, the lights come on and the city comes alive.
Pier 7, Star Ferry, Central, 2167-8377.
More glam than a bus-full of Bowie impersonators, and classier than the entire LV autumn/winter collection. Well, just about. Skip the interior and burst straight onto the terrace. HSBC to the right; the Mandarin to the left; Statue Square and Legco stretching out before you; and hot bodies all around. Lean in, strike a pose and get lost in selfies.
25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., 2537-1388.
With 1,800 square feet of outdoor space, you can stand and stare up as the Center kaleidoscopes through the evening. If nothing else, you’ll work out what colors you look good in. Order the Surprise Me—name a fruit, and the bartender will craft a custom martini just for you.
3/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd. Central, Sheung Wan, 2915-1638.
This rooftop bar above its steakhouse sister has plunging, extraordinary views of the harbor, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. Go on a breezy day, and you’ll want to ask for one of the blankets they handily keep behind the bar. Go on a Wednesday evening for a whole new angle on the Happy Valley races.
Roof, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2893-6960.
One glowing red ball, one huge terrace, and lots and lots of beautiful people. Go dressed up, and hope that you’re about 6,000 times better-looking than you actually are.
2/F, Chater House, 8 Connaught Rd. Central, 3583-2828.
Three stories of renovated tong lau, with three excellent terraces. Relax into the balcony benches, grab a Cigar Old Fashioned (made with tobacco-infused spiced rum) and listen to the trams trundling past your head.
62 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 2866-3444.
Sip an Aperol Spritz and regale your friends with stories of how the huge open-air portion of Lupa is just like the rolling slopes of Tuscany. Then look up and see the buildings stretch into the vanishing points. Maybe it’s time for another Aperol Spritz.
LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2796-6500.