Chic rooftop bar elevates nightlife on the south coast of Hong Kong
December 30th, 2014
While there is no shortage of rooftop bars in downtown Hong Kong and Tsim Sha Tsui, the mid 2014 opening of ABOVE bar, atop the Ovolo Southside boutique hotel in the Aberdeen district of Hong Kong Island, debuted the first truly elevated rooftop bar on the southern coastline of Hong Kong. From its 23 floors high setting, Above reveals spectacular panoramic views extending across verdant green hillsides, intermingled with urban development, extending to the nearby Repulse Bay coast line and South China Sea. With is bold contemporary industrial-chic design aesthetic, laid-back vibe, and progressive cocktail program, Above is set to become a popular evening destination to relax and take in the south coast views, lounge in open air comfort, and sip delightful cocktails.
Occupying a repurposed industrial building in what was previously a gritty manufacturing and warehouse precinct, the design of the hip Ovolo Southside is notable for its deft combination of bold modern art and design installations, overlaid onto a minimalist industrial-chic template of raw concrete surfaces, unpolished timber flooring and exposed ductwork. On the rooftop, Above incorporates an intimate indoor bar and lounge space with the expansive outdoor terrace. A muted palette of grey and light brown exudes an understated contemporary chic, while bold “revolutionary” themed street-art murals create a dramatic backdrop to the outdoor terrace.
Taking a somewhat irreverent approach to their drinks, the bar team at Above have compiled a cocktail list distinguished by a progressive mixology approach, with updated classics complemented by imaginative signature creations. Chinese culinary influences are evident in signature cocktails like Qing Dynasty – with Grey Goose, hibiscus liqueur, orange juice, lemon juice; while other tantalising cocktails feature whimsical titles such as Dirty Uncle; Revolution; Vintage Madam and Jiggy Jiggy.
Above opens daily from 5:00 pm – with a 2 for 1 Happy Hour promotion between 5pm and 8pm an added inducement to take in the evening views from the open air rooftop terrace. Upcoming events and special parties are featured on the Above Facebook Page.
Above – rooftop bar
Above – cocktail highlights