Illuminated City At Waterfront Against Cloudy Sky

The five best Hong Kong skyline bars

Get up high and pair an excellent cocktail with a view of the Hong Kong city lights

The foodie one: Seafood Room

Parked on Causeway Bay’s neon-washed waterfront, the split-level rooftop lounge at this new bar and restaurant is drop-dead gorgeous. Walk through the dreamy ocean-themed restaurant (or stay for the sensational seafood) then take the stairs up to the top floor, where you’ll find low-slung sofas and four-poster loungers.

Join the pretty young things smoking cherry shisha while gazing at the Star Ferry crossing Victoria Harbour. 26/F and Rooftop, 535 Tower, Jaffe Rd.

The glamorous one: Sevva

Take a 360o-spin around this glitzy rooftop bar in the heart of Central’s financial district and you’ll see the full works: the striking Norman Foster-designed HSBC headquarters; IM Pei’s iconic Bank of China skyscraper; the domed roof of the Old Supreme Court; and the vibrant Victoria Harbour.

Clientele is made up of financiers and fashion types (the owner, Bonnie Gokson, is the former Asia-Pacific director of Chanel), so you’ll want to look your best. 25/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd.

The world-record one: Ozone

Your ears will pop at least three times as the elevator zooms up 118 floors to Asia’s highest bar.

Crowning the Ritz-Carlton hotel, 490m above sea level, Ozone has an unbelievable vista that makes Hong Kong look like Toy Town: super-containers apparently the size of rubber ducks; Lego-like skyscrapers; Victoria Peak a beanbag of green. And sure, it gets its fair share of tourists stopping by, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an unforgettable experience. Level 118, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Rd West.

The affordable one: Sugar

Slouched across the top of East Hotel in Quarry Bay, Sugar — all sharp lines, pert parasols and purple lighting — offers an alternative perspective of Hong Kong. From its 32-storey position, it overlooks the city’s old Kai Tak airport, the harbour, and the rolling hills of Kowloon.

Go at sunset, both for the twinkly twilight views and Happy Hour, when a glass of wine costs £5 and cocktails £6 (Mon-Fri, 5pm-7pm). 32/F East Hotel, 29 Taikoo Shing Rd.

The trendy one: Cé La Vi

On the 25th floor of the California Tower, Ce La Vi isn’t one of the highest bars in Hong Kong, but its position is dramatic. On a greenery-lined terrace, with the towers of Lan Kwai Fong looming above, you’ll feel as if you’re in the centre of a skyscraper arena.

Expect Veuve-fuelled alfresco dancing, but leave your trainers in your hotel room. A velvet rope stands between you and the dancefloor, so smarten up or book a table in advance. 25/F California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar St.

Hong Kong neon sunset iconic harbour skyscrapers
Following Hemingway’s footsteps through Hong Kong
Hemingway only visited Hong Kong once, but he certainly left his mark – and while much has changed here since then, some things still remain the same
Hong Kong skyline with Chinese boat.
Hong Kong: How to discover the ancient side of the city
Hong Kong isn’t all futuristic high-rises and modern finance – it’s a strange, ancient city, too
Close-Up Of Person Preparing Food
Hong Kong’s best street food and where to find it
Hong Kong is home to some of the world’s most exciting street food. Expert Maria Chong guides you to the best
Temple of heaven in Beijing
21 of the best things to do in China
From meeting pandas in Chengdu to strolling on Shanghai's spectacular Bund, these are the very best things to do in Southeast Asia