This is a bar for grownups.
On the 49th floor of the Upper House hotel, this is one of my favorite places for a drink. There’s a long bar with comfortable stools and the flattering glow of backlit bottles. Opposite that, booths for small groups are tucked into windowed nooks, the building pleated so that every table feels like a corner table. Beyond that is the lounge, where vertical wooden slats extending up the wall remind me of the interior of a grand piano. The view is fine even if you don’t score a seat at the low banquette that hugs the glass. It’s not the most spectacular panorama in Hong Kong, but one that takes advantage of all the city’s angles and curves.
The cocktail menu offers some creative choices, with just enough bling to flatter the big spenders’ egos. There are no silly names, no cringe-inducing double entendres, nothing to make you think you’ve received the dessert menu by mistake. My date had an Old Fashioned that would please Don Draper. The “Lychee” doesn’t cloy thanks to grapefruit and lemon bitters. And the “Pink Link” may be a girlish looker, but it packs the bitter punch of Campari and grapefruit, with a bracing dose of limoncello. It looks, appropriately enough, like an Italian ice.
The Bar at Café Gray Deluxe, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. +852 3968 1106 Most cocktails, around HK$120. Call in advance to reserve a window seat.