Dress code rooftop bars in Hong Kong

From smart casual to sports attire.

September 4, 2023

Hong Kong is what they call flat out like a lizard drinking. Being one of the largest cities in the world, the economic capital of China and an economical titan, Hong Kong has its many rooftop bars to sit back and completely shut down from your everyday duties while in town.

Dress code rooftop bars in Hong Kong
Smart casual dress code at Wooloomooloo

Hong Kong is a place to get completely lost. With hundreds of small streets and corner shops, up to the brightest shopping district in town, the Chinese capital has a lot to offer, and rooftop bars are a great starter.

But before we give you a great list of awesome places with an amazing view to visit, let’s talk a bit about the proper dress code for any of the rooftop bars in HK. If you dont want to think about how to dress you can visit some of the rooftop pools Hong Kong have in this guide.

1. Smart Casual Attire

It is the most common dress code for pretty much everywhere around the world. Excluding certain countries where the dress code is slightly different and adapted to the local culture, a smart casual attire with comfortable shoes will serve you great for the majority of restaurants or rooftop bars in Hong Kong. Places that you can visit wearing a regular shirt and a pair of jeans are CE LA VI, Vibes and ABOVE.

2. Swimwear

A simple swimsuit might do wonders, if you plan a visit of a rooftop pool in Hong Kong. Most pools have an adjacent rooftop bars, so be sure to bring your flip-flops. The wonderful pools located atop of Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island and the Four Seasons are absolutely marvelous. Check ahead if a reservation is required.

3. Formal Attire

There are casual rooftop bars, and there are fancy and glamorous places where you simply need to dress up. Great finds of the Hong Kong’s nightlife are VEA, The Ritz-Carlton and Felix. Book your table few days prior, cause you might not get the greatest view on spot.

4. Sports/Tourist Attire

If you are an avid traveler and explorer, and you found yourself wondering around the streets of the Chinese economic capital, you might be wearing what’s most comfortable for a similar experience. Sporty or touristy attire is what’s the most convenient if you have a busy schedule of running the streets of Hong Kong in search for the perfect street food, small gallery or a great restaurant to grab a bite of traditional Chinese cuisine.

Although it is common (even for the locals) to wear sporty attire, some restaurants require at least a smart/casual look for you to get in. If you are not packed with shirts and shoes, you might consider either buying one or simply skip the rooftop visit, as there are many other great places to have some awesome time while you’re out and about!

Hans Ebenman
Hans Ebenman

Hans has visited over 500 rooftop bars, 200 rooftop pools and 300 rooftop restaurants since 2015. This vast experience has made Hans a true rooftop expert, and one of the most knowledgeable in the field. Today, numerous of travel magazines, bloggers and media websites contact Hans to get his expertise on rooftops.