Best rooftop bars and restaurants

The weather’s sure to be sunny this month, so why not hunker down al fresco and take in some spectacular city and harbour views? If you want to kick back and relax outdoors, Hong Kong’s rooftop restaurants and bars are the place to do it.

We’ve pulled together our list of the eight best rooftop dining and drinking spots in town. (Purists among you will say that some of these al fresco spaces are loftily placed terraces rather than bona fide rooftops but trust us, in all these venues you’ll feel on top of the world.) From fancy hotels to out-of the-way diners, here’s where we’ll be hanging out when the sun goes down.

FoFo by el Willy: SoHo

The rooftop of this Wellington Street tapas restaurant focuses primarily on drinks. But they’re generally happy to bring up dessert if you ask nicely, or arrange a tapas menu for private events. Call 2900 2009.

Pier 7 Café & Bar: Central

Did you know that there is a bar situated atop the Star Ferry Pier? Welcoming and down-to-earth, Pier 7 offers a cool breeze and harbour views, along with a snack menu perfect for sharing over after-work drinks. Call 2167 8377.

Red Bar + Restaurant: Central

The IFC Rooftop Garden is a public space with tables and grassy areas open to all. You can bring your own, or order drinks and snacks (think quesadillas and chicken wings) from ultra-hip Red Bar. Call 2537 5037.

Sevva: Central

We always bring our visitors to Sevva for delicious drinks, and the view of the city skyline from the Prince’s Building. This upscale venue can be a bit on the pricey side, but it has a swankier feel than most rooftops, making it a great spot for date night. Call 2537 1388.
Penthouse by Harlan Goldstein: Causeway Bay

Offering a 5,000-square-foot rooftop with stunning views across Victoria Harbour, Penthouse by Harlan Goldstein is a stylish urban-rustic option. It features an extensive menu of contemporary Western cuisine, plus a solid wine and cocktail menu. Call 2970 0828.

Talk of the Town (ToTT’s): Causeway Bay

Book a rooftop table to enjoy skyline views with your modern European dinner or Sunday buffet-brunch spread. Located atop The Excelsior hotel, a live band plays at the bar Tuesday to Saturday evenings. Call 2894 8888.

Sugar: Quarry Bay

For creative cocktails and tasty sharing platters (oysters, surf and turf, pizzas and more) with open rooftop views, head to the top of EAST. Wednesdays are Cuban nights, featuring specialty mojitos and Cuban cigars. The hotel’s DJ spins relaxed house music at this sexy bar/ lounge most nights. Call 3968 3738.

Café Deco Bar & Grill: The Peak

Being on the Peak, Café Deco draws a touristy crowd (and you do pay a bit for the view) – but go in knowing this and you’ll do just fine. Desserts are delicious if you don’t have time for a full Asian or Western meal, and a well-stocked kids’ corner will keep the little ones entertained. Call 2849 5111.

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