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A toast to the town
At ground level, Hong Kong is a city of frenetic energy with a constant buzz almost day and night. But high above the city, the world slows down, providing locals and tourists alike the perfect opportunity to take it all in. Often with a well-made drink in hand. The many rooftop bars and elevated terraces across the city offer the perfect vantage point to see pristine views of the cityscape and surrounding harbor, day or night. While too numerous to mention them all, we’ve got three that are sure to be high on your list (pun intended).
Here’s to the view from 120 stories up.
Located at the top of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Kowloon, Ozone is very certainly on the unofficial registry of bars with the highest elevation in the world. Taking an elevator up 120 floors, the doors open to a world of sleek sophistication. This is the Hong Kong where movers and shakers go to be seen. Here, the expert mixologists make drinks that are as visually stunning as they are satisfying. Along the translucent bar, colorful cocktails add pops of blue, green and orange against a backlit array of beautifully set bottles. But the sights at the bar are second stage to the main attraction: floor-to-ceiling windows that offer unobstructed views of Hong Kong in almost every direction. Glancing out, the world below appears in miniature and any stress feels a little smaller. A wonderful way to unwind and an evening when great memories will be made.
A good beat and a little Japanese flair.
Because Hong Kong can often have high humidity, outdoor dining isn’t always a guaranteed success. But when the weather is right, there’s no better place to be outdoors than on the patio at CE’ LA VI. Located in California Tower in Lan Kwai Fong, this is where locals go to chill out to the grooves of live DJ sets from up-and-coming Hong Kong artists. Want to get really comfortable on a cooler night? There’s a large, inviting hot tub ready to make your acquaintance. A quick scan across the patio reveals small clusters of friends slowly merging as the crowds get bigger and the night lingers on. If you plan to come with a large group, it’s recommended you make a reservation, as the bar can get quite full; however, the friendly staff makes everyone feel at ease, doing a yeoman’s work to keep the drinks flowing and customers satisfied. CE’ LA VI’s two-for-one drink special during Happy Hour is one of Hong Kong’s best deals, and the Japanese-inspired appetizers are as delicious to eat as they are to look at. And for a place whose name translates to “this is the life,” CE’ LA VI doesn’t disappoint.
Old School is always in style.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, like, say, a steak paired with a fine glass of wine, there’s no better place than Wooloomooloo Steakhouse. Located at 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, the rich, dark interiors of the steakhouse make for an intimate and cozy space to chat with an old friend or meet business colleagues. Here, the wine list is as lengthy as it is spectacular, and the wide selection of ales is not to be missed. Of course, the steaks are what make this place what it is, and if that’s your passion, come ready with an appetite. They’re enormous and always exquisitely made. Although quiet in the early part of the evening, bit by bit, people begin to appear and the crowd at Wooloomooloo ramps up fast. If you have time, consider arriving before your reservation to enjoy a cocktail at the rooftop bar. The sunset from up here is epically beautiful and a great way to start your evening right. With the right group of friends, it’s a must-stop destination to view the city and fill your belly with wonderful delights.
Try these and others.
The nightlife in Hong Kong is always changing, so if you find yourself with a few extra days in the city, here’s a list of other venues worth checking out:
Sugar – East Hotel
Location: Quarry Bay
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui
Hooray Bar & Restaurant
Location: Causeway Bay
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