The weather is perfect, the government is closing restaurants and bars early, so there should be no better reason to slope down to your nearest cocktail bar and take advantage of a seemingly enforced happy hour before things shut at 6pm. Hong Kong has some gorgeous roof-top bars and breezy terraces to sip your favorite cocktails from; Little Steps Asia has found some of their favorites for half price Insta-worthy late afternoons.
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Amalfitana has two locations, one in the heart of Central and the other in Repulse Bay. Both restaurants offer southern Italy-inspired drinks such as Hugo Watermelone, a refreshing chilled cocktail made with bergamot, salted watermelon cordial, rinomato, Italian prosecco, and soda, or their rather delicious Parmesan Sour made with rye whiskey, mandorla wine, noyaux, lemon, orange, fluffy egg whites and to top it off, finely grated parmesan. Choose some light snacks or share dishes from their menu like the farmaggi platter of brie, taleggio, provolone, pecorino, and garlic bread and their cold cuts mortadella.
Amalfitana Repulse Bay, The Pulse, Ground Floor, Shop 105, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay,Hong Kong, +852 2388 7787, email@example.com, https://www.amalfitana.hk/
Amalfitana Central, Ground Floor, Shops D & E, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2688 2001, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.amalfitana.hk/
The Cadilac Bar & Grill plays host to an extraordinary epicurean journey that takes you from the shores of Baja California to Los Angeles and back. The cleverly curated menu is divided into the north of the border and south of the border sections. The glorious cocktail list boasts some top-shelf frozen ‘Ritas.' The menu is young with innovative choices such as sea urchin on pork chicharron, beyond beef taco topped with pico de gallo and guacamole served with black beans and cilantro rice, and sizzling fajitas with lashings of guac, pico de gallo and sour cream. The open-air bar has impressive views over Causeway Bay. The good news is that the happy hour starts at 3pm!
Cadillac Bar & Grill, 7/F Hysan Place, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2521 2322, https://www.elgrande.com.hk/restaurants/main/hong-kong/cadillac-bar-grill/en
Zoku Restaurant & Terrace is located on the second floor of The Hari Hong Kong. It’s a glorious urban tropical hub for socializing and dining on ingenious Japanese cuisine. Each afternoon between Sunday and Thursday, Zoku has a generous happy hour from 3pm – 7pm. Zoku is the perfect space to enjoy Japanese-inspired cocktails, a great G&T, good wine, and sake. If you want to dine in the restaurant, you are in for a treat with its asymmetrical origami ceiling, pink and khaki velvet, and leather seating.
Zoku, Second Floor, The Hari Hong Kong, 330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2129 0338, email@example.com, https://www.thehari.com/hong-kong/the-hari-hotel-hong-kong-eat-drink/zoku/
Almost hidden, Cruise has enviable views of Victoria Harbour. The roof-top oasis draws inspiration from the northeast and southeast Asia and serves up modern cuisine and tasty cocktails in a fun and reimagined way. Cocktails are all handcrafted; why not try something refreshingly naughty with oolong tea? They also have large jugs of your favorite sunset cocktails. Selected signature cocktails are priced at HK$78 and jugs at HK$350. Cruise is uncompromising on quality and practices ethical sourcing by using organic and sustainable ingredients in the cocktails and an interesting menu. Happy hour sunset sessions are from 3pm.
Cruise, 23rd Floor West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 3896 9898, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/china/hyatt-centric-victoria-harbour-hong-kong/hkgct/dining/cruise
The Pontiac doesn’t have an outside space, but it is run by a rather cool, mixed bag of people from around the world. They seamlessly infuse their personalities and culture into everything that they do. The fun menu has interesting cocktails like run rabbit run made with fernet hunter, purple carrot gin, cassis, line, and nutmeg, while the pretty pink heir and space is muddled with vodka, Aperol, quinine, lemon, and grapefruit oil. The simple Ponty Food menu offers excellent value spicy salami and mozzarella pizza, their chili con carne, or delicious sly dog to keep you on the straight and narrow. The Pontiac is a small back-street bar with a graffiti-splashed façade, industrial-chic concrete flooring, and black leather seating. The Pontiac has recently been voted one of Asia's Top Bars.
The Pontiac, 13 Old Bailey Street, SoHo, Hong Kong, +852 2521 3855, email@example.com https://www.thepontiac.com
Meet me under the mango tree. The Armoury Terrace is located on the ground floor of the Armoury Building on Armoury Terrace. The relaxed venue is set within the historic parade ground. It serves up delicious modern Thai bar snacks, lunch or dinner tasting menus, family-style dishes including crispy perch with tamarind and holy basil, coconut and turmeric curry of snow crab, and beef curry with long-leaf coriander, dill, and lemon basil. Try their cold drip Negroni, or signature east 8 hold up made with Ketel One vodka, Aperol, passionfruit, and lime, a perfect thirst quencher for a late balmy afternoon.
The Armoury Terrace, Ground Floor, Armoury Building, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2703 90111, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.aaharn.hk/Armouryterrace
Right next door to the Tsim Sha Tsui Station lies the iSquare building. Head to the top to find the Chinese maritime theme-inspired Eye Bar with a spacious lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive outdoor terrace. The terrace has some of the very best views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Island skyline as day turns to night. For some fun close-up views, there is even a telescope. Their resident mixologists serve delicious cocktails, including the house signature ‘Suzie Wrong’ or the lime on fire made with citron vodka with St-Germain, kaffir lime leaves, fresh lime juice, chili, and syrup. Keep topped up with Asia-inspired bar bites.
Eye Bar, 30th Floor, iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2487 3988, email@example.com, https://www.elite-concepts.com/restaurants/eyebar/hong-kong/en/
Terrible Baby is a literal translation from the French phrase ‘L’Enfant Terrible.' The bar is inspired by the revolutionary early twentieth-century Dadaist art movement questioning traditional artistic values. The cool-vibed bar is located on the 4th floor of Eaton HK, a sanctuary for Hong Kong’s creative and forward-thinking communities. The terrace is a lush space with enviable views over some of Jordan’s most iconic buildings and where visitors have access to a music room, gallery, and co-working spaces within the hotel. Sip on delicious cocktails including freak show, a smooth blend of tequila or bourbon, passion fruit, Thai red chili syrup, and lager or the rusty plum made with blended malt Scotch whisky, Islay whisky, umeshu, and lemon oil. Snack on their House pickles organic carrot, cucumber, radish, and yuzu-kosho or double truffle fries, truffle salt, and truffle mayonnaise sauce.
Terrible Baby, 4th Floor, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2710 1866, www.terriblebaby.com
Half-day happy hours. Now that’s what it's all about - lazy afternoons sipping yummy cocktails appreciating the impressive view of Victoria Harbour and iconic Central cityscapes. Plume sits prettily on top of H Queen’s, a sleek and shimmering building that’s home to several art galleries that put Hong Kong well and truly on the map for its exciting art scene. Plume is taking the city’s roof-top bar scene to lofty new heights. Relax on the expansive terrace with comfy grey and yellow seating and appreciate the relaxed yet buzzy vibe. The Plume wine list is expansive, with over 500-listings. Dine on beautifully paired contemporary French bar bites like the Oteiza charcuterie platter or the Bernard Antony cheese platter by Écriture’s, Plume’s Michelin-starred sister restaurant.
Plume, Rooftop (R/F), H Queen’s 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 5200 1683, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.plumehk.com
Duddell’s is a social destination for cultured people who appreciate art. Its stylish interiors provide a colorful backdrop that forms a base for exciting conversations. Art connoisseurs and novices happily rub shoulders while embracing creativity. The salon leads onto the expansive lush timber decked garden terrace where you can enjoy all-day dim sum, delicious cocktails like the pre-prohibition Duddell’s sour, or sample some of their comprehensive absinthe collection. The carefully curated cocktail menu has a distinct nod to olde-worlde flavors, including the oolong blazer, a twist on the original recipe of the tea-based cocktail from the 1862 Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide.
Duddell’s, Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191, https://www.duddells.co/
A go-to happy hour for after-work sips and mid-day delights, Zuma is a favorite! When the weather is right, you can not beat their unique Japanese-inspired cocktails including the Geishi smash and sake-infused Rubabu on their outdoor terrace. You can get nibbles from their menu while you sip away with friends.
Zuma, Landmark Level 5 & 6, 15 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong, https://zumarestaurant.com/
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