With its huge wall of glass providing water-level panoramas of Victoria Harbour, this hotel lounge is a great place day or night, whether for lunch (it has great organic burgers and all-natural sodas), its very popular afternoon tea, the nightly "Symphony of Lights" laser show, or live music from 6pm that ranges from jazz to easy-listening pop. It offers a full drink menu, but it's most known for its "V Sips" cocktails named after Hong Kong legends and based on vintage recipes but with a local twist. The Avenue of Stars, for example, made with Beefeater gin, fresh lemon juice, bitter orange marmalade, and Campari pays tribute to the promenade just outside the hotel, while the Nine Dragons features nine ingredients and refers to the legendary nine dragons of Kowloon that pass through the lobby every day to bathe in the harbor. A very civilized place for a drink, with cocktails averaging HK$130.
- Beth Reiber