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July 10, 2015

Toast to Summer! Best Bars for Drinking Under the Stars

We’ve had a near miss with a T8 and come out shining with one of the most beautiful Fridays of the summer so far.  How to celebrate?  Hit up one of the city’s best bars for drinking under the stars…

3/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49-51 Hollywood Road, Central • +852  2866 6485
With quirky-cool interiors and a super-sized terrace, this new kid on the block is the perfect spot for a little midsummer refreshment. Add to that a mouthwatering menu of handcrafted cocktails and Topiary’s pretty much guaranteed to tip you over the hedge…

Rummin’ Tings
28 Hollywood Road, Central • +852 2523 7070
Can’t stretch to a week in the Caribbean this summer? Don’t worry (about a thing), the boys behind Fatty Crab have set up shack under the escalators and are delivering island vibes and some seriously beachy cocktails slap bang in the middle of the city. Soak up the eighty varieties of rum with a round or two of rasta snacks – think spicy jamrock jerk chicken and sticky island ribs – the perfect fuel for a night of jammin’.

The Envoy
3/F, The Pottinger Hotel, 74 Queen’s Road Central • +852 2169 3311
Martinis and mojitos are well and good, but if you like a little more innovation as you imbibe, the Envoy should be top of your tipple list. Hidden away in Central’s newest boutique hotel, the Pottinger, find the city’s leading mixologist magicians working the bar conjuring up drinks beyond your wildest dreams. Start with the Birds of a Feather – a whiskey-laced blueberry and pomegranate concoction served up in a bird-shaped glass – totally tweet-tastic. Then, when you need a little life support, move on to the very medicinal True Blood served on ice in a blood bag.

2/F, Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, Central • +852 3583 2828
Start your evening with dreamy cocktails at this sweeping panoramic rooftop terrace with skyscraping views across the heart of Central. *Exclusively for DSTS readers, try one of their signature “Pink Poodle” cocktails, post a pic on FB, and you can sip another one, on the house!

Penthouse by Harlan
30/F, Soundview Plaza 2 – Midtown, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay • +852 2970 0828
Aptly named, this sky-high stunner is the ideal backdrop from which to savour Harlan Goldstein’s indulgent cuisine, while the 5,000 square foot rooftop terrace is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails or party nights under the stars.

3/F & 4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central • +852 2525 9191
With a world-class exhibition program curated by some of Asia’s cultural icons, a lush outdoor terrace for dim sum days and cocktail nights, and 2 Michelin-stars under its belt, this art salon, restaurant and bar is a summer standout.

Honi Honi
3/F, 52 Wellington Street, Central • +852 2353 0885
Say Aloha to a few totally tropical cocktails under the twinkling lights of the soaring skyscrapers of Central – a spot guaranteed to add an exotic edge to your evening.

The Lawn
The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty • +852 3968 1106
Kick back on oversized beanbags with cocktails and snacks in this candle-lit secret garden in the heart of the city.

Cheers to a wonderful weekend!

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