208 Duecento Otto
G/F, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Tel: 2549 0208. This is a former meat storage warehouse transformed into a slice of New York cool. Recommended: the extensive wine and cocktail list.
Alfie's by Kee
M18-19, M/F Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central. Tel: 2530 4422. With its dark wood, dimmed lights and leather lounges to sink into, Alfie's more than matches the Dunhill boys' club aesthetic. Recommended: Pimm's by Kee and the lemon grass martini.
18 Wo On Lane, Central. Tel: 2167 7244. Its tucked-away location makes this the perfect spot for a quiet drink before hitting SoHo or Lan Kwai Fong. Recommended: the Around the World cocktail, a lethal combination of gin, Scotch, brandy, rum and vodka masked under the fresh fruity flavours of orange, lemon and pineapple.
Bahce Turkish Restaurant
Shop 19, Mui Wo Centre, Mui Wo, Lantau Island. Tel: 2984 0221. A relaxed bar as much as a restaurant, this is as good a place to take the children in the day as it is to go for a relaxed drinking session later. And they serve kebabs. Recommended: the aniseed-based Turkish raki (HK$45 a glass).
Biergarten German Bar and Restaurant
G/F, 5 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2721 2302. This convivial, raucous institution has an inviting if kitschy atmosphere. Stick to the German beers and the usual cocktails. The sausages are pretty good. Recommended: the Thai sunrise (HK$68), a twist on the tequila sunrise.
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd, Central. Tel: 2825 4006. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, with comfy brown leather chairs and plenty of room around the bar. Recommended: the signature Royal Blush (HK$168) is a smooth combination of vodka, lime, mint and cherry puree, topped with champagne.
27 Yik Yam Street, Happy Valley. Tel: 2834 6565. Whether for a pre-race warm-up or post-win celebration, The Chapel's broad range of beers will satisfy anyone in Happy Valley. Recommended: its curries are well known in Hong Kong.
The Chinnery Bar
1/F Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central. Tel: 2825 4009. First opened in the 1960s, everything about the bar spells sophistication, from the dark-wood decor to the silver-haired staff in perfectly tailored white dinner jackets. Recommended: the more than 100 different single-malts whiskys from around the globe.
28/F Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay. Tel: 3980 3300. This rooftop bar is sleek, stylish and far from understated. Inside it's bright and glitzy, but outside is the venue's real gem: its wood-decked terrace. Recommended: the J-Cube cocktail, made with vodka and crushed strawberries.
18 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Tel: 2544 1978. This bar is hip, ambient and relaxed; the classic cocktails are good, as is the music. Recommended: Strawberry Fields (champagne, Cointreau, fresh strawberries, HK$90).
G/F, 48 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2522 8318. A breezy, inviting space in neutral and beige tones that feels intimate. The bar has a wine-heavy, cocktail-dominated list balanced by a few heavy-duty drinks. Recommended: Lambloch Estate's South Australian Shiraz (HK$52).
Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central. Tel: 2543 1941. The Globe is a smart English pub, with one of the best selections of beers in Hong Kong. Recommended: Typhoon T8, which is brewed on Lantau Island.
Hard Rock Cafe
LG/F LKF Tower, 55 D'Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong. Tel: 2111 3777. The Hard Rock Cafe's return to Hong Kong is music to the ears of local rock fans. Recommended: the Hurricane, with Bacardi Superior rum, Captain Morgan dark rum and Disaronno Amaretto plus grenadine, orange, mango and pineapple juice.
Inn Side Out
Sunning Plaza, 10 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2895 2900. The peanut husk-strewn floor and throngs of regulars make for a relaxed atmosphere in a crowded beer hall with an extensive outdoor seating area. Recommended: Trappist Westmalle Tripel Belgian beer (HK$42).
G/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Tel: 2851 2281. This Italian restaurant and bar brings the taste of the Piedmont region to Lyndhurst Terrace. Recommended: the Mint Breath (HK$82) is a refreshing mixture of kiwi, green apple schnapps, vodka, pineapple juice and apple juice with a mint garnish.
1/F, 10 Wing Wah Lane, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Tel: 2877 1100. At Le Jardin you can gather friends round a table and enjoy the atmosphere rather than just stand and be bombarded by pop music, as is the norm elsewhere in LKF. Recommended: Hoegaarden.
6/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central. Tel: 2810 6166. Modelled after the salons and supper clubs that flourished at the turn of the 20th century. Recommended: the Elderflower Paloma, combining tequila, lime, grapefruit and soda water infused with elderflower.
G/F The L Place, 139 Queen's Road Central. Tel: 2857 1333. This dark bar is sure to be the cause of many an entertainingly lost night. The cocktails are all HK$58, and while there were some experiments that didn't work for us, others were more successful. Recommended: the bourbon, lemon and mint combo named Whiskey Smash.
Basement, 49 Staunton Street, Central. Tel: 2858 3129. Bring your own party to possibly Hong Kong's smallest bar with its decor theme of severed heads. Standard and signature cocktails are all well-made. Recommended: the soup bowl-sized lemon daiquiri (HK$78).
118/F Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon. Tel: 2263 2263. The highest bar in the world doesn't disappoint with its bird's-eye view of the city. Recommended: wines are the main attraction, with a choice of several by the glass (HK$90-HK$170) and scores of reds and whites by the bottle.
Basement, Imperial Hotel, 32 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2782 3383. A friendly crowd and helpful, pleasant staff create a calm escape hatch in hectic TST. Recommended: the Casa La Joya Merlot 2009 (HK$81).
M88, 7/F, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central. Tel: 2868 3762. An East Village-style pool bar, this members' club is a top spot to shoot some stick. Recommended: when in a Manhattan-style bar, order the Manhattan.
18/F Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2369 1111. A welcome relief from the bustle below, the bar has a glamorous 1950s feel and is an elegant eyrie to recharge. Recommended: the kiwi martini (HK$95), a show-stopping blend of vodka, kiwi liqueur and kiwifruit syrup.
32/F East Hotel, 29 Taikoo Shing Road. Tel: 3968 3968. One of the few bars in the area with an outdoor terrace, the chic Sugar at the boutique East Hotel makes for a sweet alternative to the Central-Causeway Bay hip zone. Recommended: the cool music.
1/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2801 5009. Arguably the city's sleekest pool hall, this lounge bar is straight out of Hoxton. Recommended: the 'F*** Me Up', a cocktail with a serious alcohol kick, including amaretto, Malibu and vodka.
Tott's and Roof Terrace
34/F The Excelsior hotel, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2837 6786. A glamorous hotel rooftop bar as suitable for business entertaining as for romantic soirees. The happy hour is good value. Recommended: Moonlight Lychee Blossom, a mix of vodka, elderflower, lemon and champagne (HK$98).
5/F Mira Hotel, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2368 1111. The secluded alfresco bar is relaxed. A few twists on classic cocktails enliven a list that is heavy on whisky but includes premium vodkas and rums. Recommended: the S&M (scotch and mint, HK$90).