By Chris Thompson - Guest Blogger
With the winter blues coming to a close, it's time once again for Hong Kong's venue hunters to venture outside, and whether you're escaping the hustle and bustle in Central or seeking an oasis further afield we've got something that suits your needs.
A party a stone's throw from the office is perfect for some, and the patrons at Shore, where the land of work dissolves into the seas of serenity, can't help but indulge in its prime dry-aged steaks, plethora of cocktails and views from the spacious 1800ft² outdoor terrace. With the range of event and party packages on offer, it’s an ideal venue for a variety of event types.
Reaching for the stars? Why not give CÉ LA VI's Sky Deck located 26 storeys up at the penthouse of California Tower a go? And while you're there, be sure to check out their club lounge on the 25th floor and restaurant & terrace one level below that in this 8000ft² venue. Corporate clients and friends alike will be blown away as they traverse the iconic brand's Hong Kong franchise.
KOKO, Wyndham Street's contemporary Japanese Izakaya, boasts views of historic Central Police Station and city lights to be enjoyed from its veranda while sipping one of its many rare sakes and other Japanese-inspired drinks and devouring from its bountiful menu. This is a can't miss for Central-based hosts who dare to be different.
Too close to work but still want that convenience for your corporate drinks? Pier 7 Café & Bar delights guests with 360 degree views of Hong Kong's iconic skyline and harbour as they rekindle their love for the city while enjoying one of numerous well priced open bar deals and nibbling platters, pizzas, potato skins and more.
Leaving Central, Wan Chai's Wooloomooloo Steakhouse offers diners inside and out immaculate views day and night. Overlooking Happy Valley and Victoria Harbour, meat and drink connoisseurs can cast their gaze upon every landscape Hong Kong has to offer from the 31st floor of The Hennessy. So whether your event calls for sport and steak or landscapes and libations, you'll be off to the races.
And if steak and heights aren't your thing, but you still want a Wan Chai harbour view, look no further than urbane pan-Asian Tamarind Restaurant & Bar to enjoy Thai, Indian and Vietnamese cuisine from its Sugar Room, Spice Room or outdoor area. The expansive restaurant can be converted to fit your needs, be they for a birthday party, cocktail party or something more intimate.
One of our lesser-known venues, Causeway Bay's somehow secret Seafood Room plants guests 26 storeys up in its 8000ft² in-and-out dining room which sits beneath its 2000ft² al fresco rooftop lounge for panoramic views and a selection of over 50 seafood dishes to enjoy in this list's most spacious setting. Your party guests will be thrilled with this hidden gem be it their eyes or stomachs seeking a feast.
Two-tier bar ABOVE, found a five-minute walk away from the MTR's latest line, showcases stunning south-facing views of Hong Kong's industrial history framed by mountain ranges and ocean. And the aesthetics don't stop there, as this warehouse conversion's walls were once the canvas for local and international artists alike. We know you thirst for great deals and staying ahead of the curve, so why not satisfy both?
Kowloon's art-lovers should check out the pop-up gallery at Vibes: TST's open-air lounge bar that also caters for wine tastings and music lovers who want to dance as the DJ spins under the stars. And if that doesn't tick your boxes, maybe its open fires, running waterways, private cabanas, shisha, mojitos or belly dancers will.
Feel more like unwinding? Panoramic rooftop bar Horizonte Lounge in Jordan gives patrons the perfect vantage point to watch the sun set on another week – gazing at Victoria Harbour 29 floors up the Hotel Madera Hong Kong. Or cascade its staircase if you enjoy the views but not the elements. Either way, this venue is sure to thrill at your next event and prove to party-goers that Hong Kong always has more to offer if you know where to look.