Destination: China: Hong Kong
Café Gray Deluxe Bar
Located on the 49th floor of the Upper House, the bar of fine dining restaurant Café Gray Deluxe has incredible views, innovative cocktails and great people-watching. Call ahead to reserve a table framed by windows. When sipping your cocktails or wine, you seem to hover above the gleaming city.
Lily & Bloom
Amazing décor courtesy of New York City design company AvroKO put this restaurant and lounge at the top of coolhunter lists when it opened in 2010. Expats and glam locals all come for the stiff, innovative cocktails (skip the food).
Sevva, a glamorous concept hang-out that is part-restaurant, bar, lounge, pastry shop and designated hot spot is the brainchild of Hong Kong style maven Bonnie Gokson. Located on top of the Prince’s Building in Central Hong Kong, the 13,000 square-foot Sevva has inspired, theatrical interiors and lofty views of Victoria Harbour. When Sevva opened, Vogue Living raved: “A glamorous new dining experience is lighting up Hong Kong.” And while the food has received mixed reviews in the foodie blogsphere, style mavens and night owls have embraced Sevva as an exciting new venue for cocktails (for sweet tooths, there also in-house pastry shop Ms B’s Sweets, whose counter sits beneath a huge 1950s chandelier designed originally for the British embassy in Rome). Closed Sunday.
English pubs are not as easy to find as you might think, even though the Brits were here for some 150 years; even the better ones have added a sports-bar element. One authentic gem is the Globe, with a comfortably worn-in feel and dark wood decor. The pub has hearty English ales on tap and, of course, a dartboard.
Insiders will tell you to skip the uninspired gastropub fare and instead come for a drink. The Pawn is housed in a 19th-century heritage building (not a lot of those left in Hong Kong) and has a balcony on the second floor and a rooftop lounge on the third. The scene is a fun mix of expats and locals.
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