Top 10 Bars in Hong Kong

Jan 18, 2012 4:01 pm

Where to drink in the bustling Asian center

Wooloomooloo Bar
Wooloomooloo bar deck atop the Hennessy Building.
 
The Lawn
Server at The Lawn, part of the Upper House hotel.
 

Drinking in Hong Kong is serious business. Indoors or out, on the rooftop or underground, whether it’s Tuesday or Saturday, Hong Kong likes to have a good time. The party starts promptly at 5 o’clock daily, so don’t be late.

Related: Photo Gallery: Top 10 Bars in Hong Kong

1. Ozone
The highest bar–and the highest outdoor patio—in the world. On the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton in Kowloon, with mind-blowing views of Hong Kong island across the harbor. Ultra-swank but not the slightest bit pretentious, as evidenced by an extensive list of shooters and kamakazis. 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon+852-2263-2263

2. Tazmanian Ballroom
Not really a ballroom but actually quite petite. Pool tables (or, on Tuesdays, ping pong). The party often spills into the street. LKF Tower, Street Level, +852.2801.5009

3. Sevva
Rooftop lounge atop the 25-story Prince’s Building. Highlights of the 20-page drink list: The Vampire (crushed kaffir lime leaf, tequila, dry vermouth, fresh chile) and the Charred Mandarin Mojito (mint, lime, rum, burnt orange oil, dark rum and soda). Prince’s Building, 10 Charter Road, +852-2537-1388

4. 001
A hard-to-find speakeasy hidden behind an unmarked black door in the middle of a wet market. Artisanal mixology. Nattily dressed crowd. Good luck finding it. Near the junction of Graham St and Queen’s Road, Central, +852-2810-6969 (no website; Call for directions if you get lost.)

5. The Lawn
A rare patch of real live grass tucked atop a parking garage adjoining the Upper House hotel. Bloody Marys and Pimms Cups by the pitcher. Bean bag chairs and parasols. Upper House, 6th Floor, 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, +852-2918-1838

6. Sugar
Outdoor lounge and bar on the 32 floor overlooking Quarry Bay. Awesome DJs. Media and creative types. East Hotel, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Island East+852-3968-3968

7. Salon de Ning
Underground speakeasy with African-safari-meets-naughty-French-boudoir vibe. Intimate dance floor. Feels like a private party. Peninsula Hotel, 1 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, +852-2513-3355

8. MO Bar
Champagne. Visiting celebrity mixologists. Thursday night DJ joined by saxophone player for off-the-hook hybrid jams. Extremely generous pours. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, +852-2132-0077

9. Wooloomooloo Wan Chai
Rooftop redwood deck high atop the Hennessy Building. Sectional sofas, cushy rattan arm chairs. Nosebleed views of Happy Valley and the harbor. Classic martinis and beefy red wines. 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, +852-2893-6960

10. Lily & Bloom
Sexy bar and grill. Lily is the bar. Bloom, the dining room. Oysters. Wine. Scotch. Secret cigar room. LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central

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