Published 22 November 2016 Category: Compass Tips

Top 5 rooftop bars in Hong Kong perfect for business meetings AND fun

Provided that there is no inclement weather, the next few months are an amazing time to spend outside in Hong Kong. There’s no better way to get a feel for the city than perched comfortably at a rooftop bar overlooking the city’s expansive skylines. Here are our picks for rooftop bars that not only provide an unpretentious and natural atmosphere for business meetings but will make everyone comfortable. Just don’t fall asleep!

For those who want to get away from it all

Above 23/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 3460 
The best time to check out the sleepy area of Aberdeen is before the MTR finishes, when it’s still quiet and relatively undiscovered. A gem in the area is Ovolo’s Above bar, which as the name suggests, sits high up on the hotel’s repurposed industrial building. This is an aesthetically and architecturally satisfying venue for the eyes, with modern art scattered throughout the building’s industrial chic look. The expansive outdoor terrace with comfortable cushions might make it hard for anyone to get up after drinking a creative cocktail from the bar’s list.

Central & convenient

Red Bar 4/f, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central
When we say Red Bar, we actually just mean all of the 4/f in ifc mall. RED Bar is surrounded by generous views of Victoria Harbour and Central. The best part? You don’t need to actually buy a drink to sit at the bar. This is an ideal venue for those who want to bring their own drinks or eat their own food, while getting an impressive view of the city. It’s also the perfect after work happy hour drinks venue, given its prime location in the heart of Central.

Seeking shisha and secret gardens

VIBES
Vibes is one of those places that you won’t know about unless you have the fortune to stumble upon it. Tucked in The Mira Hotel, in the center of TST’s chaos, Vibes is a fifth-floor alfresco lounge that is both intimate and open. You can sit in a cabana, shielded away in a corner for privacy, or tuck into one of the seats in the center and enjoy a cocktail. It’s great for shisha fanatics, as the lounge offers over 20 flavors for those who fancy a smoke alongside their tipple.  Fun fact: Edward Snowden stayed at The Mira Hotel – where much of the movie adaptation of his plight was filmed – before seeking asylum in Russia.

Expansive and unexpectedly breathtaking

Sugar 32/F 29 Tai Koo Shing Road Quarry Bay
Perched on the 32nd floor of the EAST Hotel, this outdoor deck area provides the perfect harbor views. It’s truly breathtaking, as the glass barriers offer some of Hong Kong’s best panoramic views. It’s a choice that satisfies everyone for causal work drinks, with seating composed of large sofas and also smaller high tables. The drinks menu ranges from bubbles to cocktails, with finger food to boot.  Celebrate Friday here or the closing of a work project!

Classy and elegant

Wooloomooloo Shop G7/8 Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, TST East
While this is not the only location of Wooloomooloo in Hong Kong, it is the one that offers the best harbor view in its al-fresco  floor-to-ceiling windows bar and dining area. As the restaurant is an Australian steakhouse, there’s a large selection of wines from Australia and New Zealand alongside champagnes and cocktails and mixed drinks.There’s also live music occasionally – what else could you want?