The Bridge Business Class Lounge – Hong Kong
There are a host of wonderful lounges in Hong Kong. My favorite lounge I have ever visited is another Cathay Pacific Lounge, The Pier, at HKG. For my recent mileage run to Hong Kong in AA Economy I decided to visit The Bridge Business Class Lounge in Terminal 1 near Gate 35.
Cathay Business Class Lounges can be access by Cathay Pacific (and partner oneworld airlines) First and Business Class passengers as well oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members (along with one guest) flying on a oneworld airline no matter the class. There are a total of 4 Business Class lounges at HKG (and one arrival lounge); I picked The Bridge Business Class Lounge as it was the closest to our departure gate.
The Bridge Business Class Lounge is located at the crux of the “Y” of Hong Kong’s Terminal 1. The Bridge is located down one floor via an escalator. You are greeted by a number of staff at the white marble check in desk.
The check in section spits the lounge in half. To the right is The Bakery buffet, the Long Bar full service bar and seating. To the left is The Bistro (a smaller food area), the Coffee Loft, and shower rooms.
Most visitors will want to go the right as there is more seating, better food selection, and most importantly, alcohol.
The Bakery is a robust self service buffet. At one end are hot asian dishes. In the middle are more western style foods (pizza, sandwiches and desserts) and at the other end is a salad bar. There is also a self service drink section with canned beer and non-alcoholic drinks as well as a self serve soda fountain. There is plenty of table seating.
I found all the food I tried to be quite tasty, especially the asian dishes.
Along the window is the aptly named Long Bar. Bar tenders can serve signature mixed drinks as well as anything else you can come up with. More snacks are available here as well. I ordered a Moscow Mule; the bartender said “Whisky, right?” and then proceeded to put ginger ale in the glass. So maybe the bartenders could use some more training.
The rest of the right side of The Bridge Business Class Lounge is lounge seating.
The other half of the lounge, the left side, is a similar layout. The Bistro is a smaller eating area with less options and is not staffed in the same way as The Bakery.
The Coffee Loft is the mirror of the Long Bar with an added “IT zone” with computers for use.
There are also shower rooms which I didn’t visit but there are 9 rooms so I am guessing one would have been available had I needed to utilize one.
One odd quirk of The Bridge Business Class Lounge is finding the bathrooms. The doors are built flush into the wall with no handles. It is a very clean look and I have to admit I like it, but it is a bit hard to locate the washrooms.
Overall The Bridge Business Class Lounge is a great lounge to spend an hour or two before a flight. Of course it is not as nice as the First Class lounges. I would compare it to a domestic Centurion Lounge. I will be excited to see The Pier Business Class Lounge when it reopens later this year. I do like the Noodle Bar in other lounges and missed it in The Bridge Business Class Lounge. However, there are a lot of good food options and if you are willing to get a basic drink or order off the cocktail menu, you should enjoy your time at the lounge.