The best way to beat the heat in the midst of another Hong Kong summer is to sip on a cocktail with the breeze blowing in your hair and the sun setting in the background… all while lounging on a rooftop of one of Sassy’s top five alfresco bars!
If you’re in Central and ready for a night out, but don’t want to fight the touristy crowds of LKF or stand along Wyndham Street in your 4-inch heels, then Armani Privé is the place to go. With its chill outdoor environment in the unsuspecting rooftop just above the extra-large brightly lit Armani store, this bar is perfect for a relaxing cocktail underneath the stars (or are those 2 blinking lights in the sky airplanes??). The service is impeccable and the drinks are tasty, though expensive—it does carry the Armani brand name after all. Downstairs is a swanky darkly lit club environment, but the rooftop upstairs is the real star. It is huge in comparison to any bar you’ll find anywhere else in Central and is littered with comfy outdoor couches, four-person tables, and swathed in candlelight.
Armani Privé, 2F, Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3583 2828
Red Bar & Restaurant is the quintessential rooftop of Hong Kong. It’s well-known not only for its prime location along the waterfront (perfect for viewing fireworks), but because if you’re not in the mood to pay a small fortune for a Cosmo, you can bring your own! Bring a bottle of wine from home, snag a few beers from 7-Eleven along the way, or pay a tinier fortune to pick up your drink of choice at City Super in ifc. Alcohol in hand, head to the 4th floor and you’ll be impressed with the large open public space. If you choose to bring your own drinks, don’t expect to get any service from the staff or to use their bathroom (find one inside the mall instead), and you have to clean up your own mess (gasp!). But, for the weary worker who just wants an impulse drink without having to go search for it, Red’s staff are more than willing to oblige. With delish food (think Pure Restaurant in Central) and any drink you can imagine, Red Bar is there to help!
Red Bar, 4/F, ifc Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong, 8129 8882
If I could describe Wooloomooloo in one sentence it would be this: the view is perfection! I’ve been to The Peak more times than I can count and was certain the skyline couldn’t get any better… until I came here. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have to stand in a crowded tram station to get there and I was sipping on my signature vodka-Sprite, but — dare I say it — I almost think the view was better from Wooloomooloo Wan Chai than the Peak! The décor was nothing fancy, but the panorama (did I mention the view was fabulous?) was really the kicker. Bonus: drinks are slightly cheaper here than your average after-work hotspot in SoHo and the staff are at your beck and call.
Wooloomooloo, 31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2893 6960
When you think awesome bar, you most likely don’t think to go to Tai Koo, but, my friends, Sugar beats all expectations! Because you’re further down the blue line, you almost get a different perspective on the Hong Kong skyline… and it’s just as beautiful from all the way down here! A DJ infiltrates the night scene with great hits, the staff are attentive, the drinks are fast-coming and the terrace is spacious and full of slouchy sofas. If you’re looking to throw a party (ah, the fond memories of my 28th birthday flood in here), then Sugar has package deals for big groups of people. Finger food is also on-hand for anyone looking for a little nosh with their nightcap. (Sassy tip: the mocktails here practically qualify as desserts… delicious!)
Sugar, 32/F, East Building, 29 Taikoo Sing Road, Tai Koo, Hong Kong, 3968 3738
Get a double high at this alcohol-cum-shisha bar lounge. Sleek furniture, chrome art displays and stellar service help Vibes to live up to The Mira hotel’s upscale standards. Though Vibes has a classy vibe, the staff and bar/hookah selections are definitely unpretentious. Located on the busiest street in Hong Kong, you’d think the honking buses, street hawkers and one million tourists on Nathan Road would be a distraction, but once you’re tucked away on the fifth floor in the open-air secret garden, Hong Kong is merely but a dream. Relax in the cosy environment with ample comfy sofas beckoning, and after a long day of shopping and eating your way through TST, sit back and sip on their signature strawberry lassi!
Vibes, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315 5999