18/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2369 1111
The vibe: sitting atop the Sheraton Hotel on the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront, the Sky Lounge provides a welcome escape from the bustle of Nathan and Salisbury roads 18 floors below. It is bright, airy and intentionally reminiscent of a super-plush airport bar circa 1950. The spare and sophisticated furnishings recall air travel's golden age, and there are even complimentary packets of honey-roasted peanuts to chomp on. The bank of windows offer unobstructed views of Victoria Harbour and the city skyline. As such, the Sky Lounge is an elegant eyrie to recharge batteries, enjoy romantic sunset drinks, or take in the city's nightly laser light show, the Symphony of Lights, at 8pm.
The drinks: as a fun option, which also cuts 10 per cent off your service bill per tipple, you can serve yourself from the lounge's Enomatic Wine Dispenser. There are 24 red, white and rose wines from around Italy on offer, one highlight being the cherry-red Feudi della Medusa (HK$106 per glass). But since it's the sort of place that calls for ultra-urbane drinks, we went on to order one of the four house martinis. The barman shakes these cocktails tableside, adding a sense of occasion to your visit. The brilliant-green kiwi martini (HK$95) - a delicate blend of vodka, kiwi liqueur and kiwifruit syrup - is a real showstopper. Bypassing the gimmicky, zodiac-themed house cocktails, we rounded off the evening with Chivas Regal 18 (HK$120 per shot).
The verdict: with its excellent location a stone's throw from theatres and museums, the Sky Lounge is a classic place to entertain overseas guests, and to fall in love with Hong Kong all over again.