The Best Al Fresco Restaurants And Rooftop Bars In Hong Kong
The heat and humidity have finally subsided, and we're now entering the best time of year to be in Hong Kong with back-to-back cool, sunny days and breezy evenings. Make the most of it by heading to the city's most stylish al fresco venues to wine and dine as you soak in some seriously stunning views.
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1/15 La Rambla
Spanish restaurant and bar, La Rambla, boasts a sprawling terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour. Ideal for after work drinks, the wine list is a fun read focusing on Spain’s underrated grapes and regions, while the spirits selection features gins from around the world and a dedicated martini menu.
La Rambla, 3071-73 Level 3, ifc Mall, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2661 1161; larambla.hk
2/15 Terrible Baby
One of Kowloon's best rooftop bars, Terrible Baby is located at the Eaton Hotel in Jordan and has become a cult favourite for its expansive terrace, live music programme and irreverent cocktail list.
Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton Hong Kong, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong; +852 2710 1866; terriblebaby.com
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We love Duddell's leafy terrace for its lush tropical plants, mismatched lawn furniture and great cocktails. Not to mention their weekend brunch—which includes all-you-can-eat premium dim sum and free-flow Champagne.
Duddell's, 3/F, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2525 9191; duddells.co
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When it comes to rooftop bars, Wooloomooloo is one of the best in the city. It has sweeping views, a friendly waitstaff and great happy hour deals.
Wooloomooloo, 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2893 6960; wooloo-mooloo.com
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Popinjays is the elegant rooftop bar and restaurant at The Murray, and is divided into a bar area, main dining space ands a 420-square-metre outdoor wraparound terrace that captures a panoramic view of the city, all the way from The Peak to Central.
Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong; +852 3141 8888; niccolohotels.com
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Sevva is still one of Hong Kong's most popular rooftop bars, and its recent renovation at the end of 2019 means it has been given a fresh lease on life. The Taste bar restores glitz and glamour with a bar area that doubles as venue for private functions, serving a collection of fine wines, champagne, classic, and signature cocktails, with the refurbished terrace overlooking the city’s skyline.
Sevva, 25/F, Prince's Building, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2537 1388, sevva.hk
Attached to Italian restaurant, Spiga, Portico is a large outdoor bar that boasts tropical-meets-Mediterranean vibes in the heart of Central's sea of skyscrapers.
Ideal for pre-or post-dinner drinks, this sprawling outdoor space also serves easy-to-share snacks from Spiga including pizzas and a selection of antipasti.
Portico, 3/F LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong; +852 2871 0055; diningconcepts.com
8/15 The Pawn
Housed in a 19th century heritage building that was once a pawn shop, The Pawn boasts a sleek, modern design that’s both sophisticated and comfortable. The same could be said about the menu, which offers familiar British pub fare elevated by high-end ingredients and beautiful presentation.
Spread over two floors, The Pawn boasts two long, colonial-style balconies as well as a rooftop often used for special events.
The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2866 3444; thepawn.com.hk
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Located at the top of H Queen's, Piqniq is a whimsical rooftop bar and restaurant that's all about fun vibes, refreshing libations and casual dining for the free spirited.
The large terrace is great for a leisurely afternoon soaking up the sun before transforming into a vibrant celebration under the stars and city lights by night.
Piqniq, Rooftop, H Queen’s, 80 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong; +852 5200 1683; lecomptoir.hk
Sugar is one of our favourite spots in the city for happy hour drinks and late-night gatherings. Located at the top of East Hotel in Taikoo, it has a different vibe than those in bustling districts like Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.
The spacious terrace is where you can enjoy unique harbour views from the eastern side of Hong Kong.
Sugar, 32/F, East Hong Kong, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo, Hong Kong; +852 3968 3738; sugar-hongkong.com
11/15 Skye Rooftop Bar
This vibrant restaurant and bar on the 27th floor of The Park Lane Hong Kong totals 8,000 sq ft that includes three private rooms a large ourdoor deck with an illuminated bar, where impressive cocktails and a menu of old and new world wines can be enjoyed.
Skye Rooftop Bar, 27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2293 8888; parklane.com.hk
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Julien Royer’s Hong Kong debut at PMQ showcases refined French home cooking and generous hospitality within the stylish interiors.
Previously home to the hugely popular Aberdeen Street Social, Louise opened in the summer of 2019, and features a a chic and casual downstairs bar and an airy first floor dining, designed by architect and interior designer André Fu––along with a spacious and greenery-filled terrace area, that is the perfect spot for enjoying an al fresco drink pre-dinner.
Louise, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2866 0300; louise.hk
13/15 Lounge Hakuba
Opened at the end of 2019 by keen alpinists Adam Wong and Wing Chan, Lounge Hakuba is named after and takes design cues from the airy wooden lodges commonly found in Japan’s popular ski resort village. The terrace, on the other hand, resembles Nagano in the springtime with grassy turf, leafy bushes and camping-inspired furniture.
Enjoy a Japanese-inspired cocktail here, and be sure to order a side of crowdpleasing snacks such as popcorn chicken and fried gyoza.
Lounge Hakuba, Unit 302, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2111 1707; facebook.com/lounge.hakuba
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14/15 Red Sugar
Red Sugar is the Kerry Hotel's answer to al fresco dining and offers a spectacular 270-degree view if the Hong Kong skyline. The restaurant-bar echoes the vibrant life of the city and pays homage to the local culture in its design––envisioned by famed architect, Andre Fu—by incorporating elements that spark Hong Kong nostalgia from metal shutters to custom-made bronze scaffolding.
The expansive outdoor terrace features a good amount of greenery against the urban landscape. As you enjoy the beauty of Hong Kong's skyline, grab a tipple or two from the robust selection of whisky, barrel-aged cocktails, and craft beers.
Red Sugar, 7/F, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2252 5281; shangri-la.com
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15/15 Above by Komune
Found inside the Ovolo Southside hotel, Above is set on the 23rd floor and offers sweeping views of the southside of the island.
Settle in here for a night of rooftop drinks and light bites, or head to Komune, on the hotel's fourth floor, which offers an all-day dining menu along with its own spacious terrace.
Above by Komune, 23/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; +852 3460 8159; ovolohotels.com
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This article was originally published on November 3, 2018 and was updated on October 20, 2020.