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Red Sugar - a sugary (re)treat bar in Kerry Hotel

Red Sugar

Managed by Shangri-La and opened in April of this year, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong is the first new hotel to open on Kowloon waterfront in over two decades. The 16-storey hotel is the work of renowned interior designer Andre Fu and award-winning architectural firm Rocco Design. Fu worked tirelessly to create the city’s first “urban resort,” to emphasise light, space and atmosphere.

Located on the seventh floor of the newly-opened hotel, Red Sugar is fast becoming a favourite drinking spot to savour the views of Victoria Harbour. It’s not just the cocktail list and 270-degree views that have people talking. The interior design of the bar itself, and its expansive terrace, work to create an atmosphere of relaxation and enjoyment of the Hong Kong skyline not seen or experienced elsewhere in the city.

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The hotel itself includes five restaurants and bars, all with indoor and outdoor spaces overlooking Victoria Harbour. Red Sugar is connected to the hotel’s signature restaurant, Hung Tong.


Red Sugar


Red Sugar


Red Sugar


Red Sugar

Positioned in Hung Hom Bay, the building takes advantage of its harbour-front location across the entirety of the hotel, and Red Sugar is no different. Like the rest of the hotel, Red Sugar is home to several commissioned pieces of art. The corridor leading to the bar features a neon installation by Hong Kong artist, Adrian Wong. Reminiscent of Hong Kong’s neon sign culture, it’s the first nod to the city’s unique aesthetic you experience upon entering Red Sugar. There are subtle nods to the area’s history and aesthetic throughout.

Behind the bar itself is a black steel framework that mirrors the look of Hong Kong’s bamboo scaffolding. An exposed ceiling and stripped back brickwork is a nod to the industrial and shipping elements of the area’s past.


Red Sugar


Red Sugar

Outside on the wrap-around terrace, the views are the first thing to be taken in (of course). It’s a full 270-degree outlook and unlike other harbour-view bars in the city, there’s more than enough elbow room that you don’t feel overcrowded. Privacy screens have been created through the clever use of layering plants and greenery to separate lounge spacing. Not only does this continue the urban retreat vibe created across the hotel but also creates a high degree of privacy for bar-goers.

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Fu himself played a part in handpicking plants for the space. While landscape consultant, ALN, designed a “flexible garden landscape of timber, granite pavers, steel planters, hedge forms, and plantings of grasses to provide intimacy and privacy within the space without obstructing the waterfront views,” says a spokesperson from the hotel.


Red Sugar


Red Sugar


Red Sugar

Another installation by Adrian Wong can be admired in the middle of the terrace. Wong has used the typical barber shop spiral iconography in a water feature installation. It’s hard not to look away, almost like an optical illusion.

During the day, the mood of Red Sugar is relaxed and fits in well with the ‘urban retreat’ concept of the hotel and its entire theme. At night time, the space is transformed with live music and a harbour-lit backdrop.


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