Night owls seeking a quality tipple in Hong Kong have plenty of options. But for drinkers who demand a venue’s interior design be as finessed as its mixology, here are the area’s nine most beautiful bars.
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With interiors designed by well-known Australian bar designer Ashley Sutton, Ophelia’s peacock-feather motifs, giant birdcages, beaded curtains, swing seats and moody neon-lit walls conjure images of glamorous, 19th-century opium dens of the East. Escape into the exotic as you sip on one of Ophelia’s signature cocktails, such as the Pursuit of Happiness made with lavender-infused Tanqueray, maraschino cherry liqueur, grapefruit juice, syrup and egg white.
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Enjoy the views from the luxurious SEVVA restaurant and bar, at the top of the Prince’s Building | Courtesy of SEVVA
The luxurious SEVVA restaurant and bar, located at the top of the Prince’s Building, has a 1,208-square-metre (13,000-square-foot) roof terrace where you can enjoy mesmerising views of the city skyline, the Bank of China Tower and the shimmering Victoria Harbour. A good spot for watching A Symphony of Lights show, which takes place every night at 8pm, SEVVA is the perfect place to have a night out with sangrias, pretty cakes and Asian-inspired tapas.
The Old Man takes inspiration from the life and works of Ernest Hemingway | Courtesy of The Forks and Spoons
Inspired by the legendary American author Ernest Hemingway and named after his classic novel The Old Man and the Sea (1952), The Old Man is a bar that takes its design cues from Hemingway’s life, work and love of travel. Furnished with elegant wood and muted greens and pinks, this charming bar is a cosy place to savour signature cocktails such as The Moveable Feast and The Sun Also Rises, named after Hemingway’s famous novels from 1964 and 1926, respectively.
Mott 32 has a delicious range of exotic cocktails | Courtesy of Maximal Concepts
Sip on exotic cocktails such as Forbidden Rose – a concoction of vanilla-infused Macchu Pisco, passion fruit, lychee, chilli, lemon and egg white – in a former basement bank vault in the Central District. Designed by award-winning Hong Kong interior designer Joyce Wang, the bar at modern Chinese restaurant Mott 32 marries Chinese imperial details with contemporary New York industrial aesthetics with panache.
Enjoy the spacious outdoor terrace at PORTICO | Courtesy of Dining Concepts
Occupying the outdoor terrace next to Spiga Italian restaurant on Queen’s Road Central, PORTICO is an al fresco bar surrounded by views of the tall office buildings of Hong Kong’s central business district. Decked out in ’60s-style basketwork hanging chairs and low banquettes, PORTICO is the go-to spot for the city’s smartly attired professionals, and where you’ll find a good selection of quality grappas and amaros.
The Ritz-Carlton’s OZONE rooftop bar is located on the 118th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building – the International Commerce Centre – and is one of the best places to take in stunning views of the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island from Kowloon. Designed by Japanese interior design firm Wonderwall, the bar’s diamond-like banquettes and stools, honeycomb-pattern floor and feature ceiling create a glamorous, futuristic setting where you can relax and enjoy a cocktail. Try the heady HK Skyline – a cocktail of 23-year-old Zacapa, absinthe, oolong tea syrup, pink grapefruit and lime juice, Dom Perignon foam, lavender smoke and chocolate stones.
Head to Iron Fairies for live music, comfort food and innovative cocktails | Courtesy of Dining Concepts
Another bar designed by Ashley Sutton, the enchanting Iron Fairies offers live music, comfort food and innovative cocktails such as Smoke in a Bottle made with house-infused blueberry vodka, elderflower liqueur, sage cordial, lemon juice and crème de cassis with smoked cocoa nibs. Inspired by Sutton’s experience with the iron ore mines of Western Australia, this bar is fitted out with hand-hewn timber, raw iron, brick and leather to resemble a blacksmith’s workshop. Look out for the 10,000 preserved butterflies suspended on slender copper rods from the ceiling.
HONI HONI provides guests with an authentic taste of the South Pacific | Courtesy of Dining Concepts
Resembling a fantastical, tropical island in the South Pacific, HONI HONI is a Polynesia-themed tiki lounge bar that stocks more than 200 varieties of rums. Kick back indoors or on its pleasant outdoor terrace, and enjoy island-inspired cocktail classics such as the Zombie and Dark ’n’ Stormy. Alternatively, try new creations such as the Maori Spring Punch made with Svedka vodka, lemon and watermelon juice, honey and watermelon syrup, lemongrass and Thai red chilli.
Check out the spectacular views over the city from the comfort of Café Gray Bar’s sofas | Courtesy of Café Gray Bar
Escape to a relaxing oasis in bustling Admiralty at Café Gray Bar, a quietly beautiful bar on the 49th floor of The Upper House hotel in Pacific Place. Order a Hong Kong Highball – Belvedere vodka, blackcurrant, ginger, lemon, pomegranate and bubbles – from the 14-metre-long (46-foot-long) stone bar, and then settle into a velvet-and-leather banquette in a cosy nook and look out the windows at spectacular views of Hong Kong and Kowloon.