I don’t think I’ve ever been drunk at 1,608 feet above sea level before. Not that I’m drunk now, but I could be. It certainly wouldn’t be hard considering the cocktail menu in front of me, but I’m not sure how my body would cope.
Let me explain: I’m standing on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, with the wind whipping my dress like an overenthusiastic Christian Grey. Around me, businessmen loosen their ties (we are in the International Commerce Centre, after all) and waiters smile with practised ease. Perched on the 118th floor of the ICC, Ozone holds the honour of being the world’s highest bar. But unlike other rooftop bars, Ozone is so much more than just a pretty view.
First and foremost, the drinks are actually worth the price tag. Bartender Teresa Moon graduated from the legendary culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu Paris – and it shows. She won’t allow any cocktails on the menu unless it has been created in-house and has a story to tell. For a refreshing taste of South East Asia, we recommend the ‘Aria 118’ with its mix of orange vodka, sake, coconut rum, passion fruit and lychee.
Ultimately though, you’re here for that view. The upside of being on Kowloon (as opposed to Hong Kong Island) means that you’re perfectly placed for that famous nightscape. Reds and blues and yellows and purples, all vie for your attention in the form of neon signage. Spot the Bank of China building, so routinely destroyed in every summer’s blockbuster. And there’s the Aqua Luna junk boat taking a tour of Victoria Harbour. Over there is the Wan Chai Ferry Pier, and right there is the rival International Finance Centre with its auspicious 88-storeys.
So grab a drink, find a corner table, or head outside onto the terrace. Either way, you’re in for a treat.