208 Duecento Otto
G/F, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Tel: 2549 0208. One of the most talked-about new additions to the Hollywood Road nightlife scene is a former meat storage warehouse transformed into a slice of New York cool by a team who were named the best young designers of 2004 by Wallpaper. 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, dim lights and leather lounges to sink into, Alfie's more than matches the Dunhill boys' club aesthetic. Still a hidden treasure, but try to visit before the word gets out. Recommended: Pimm's by Kee, and the lemon grass martini.
18 Wo On Lane, Central. Tel: 2167 7244. Its tucked-away alley location and cool, minimalist decor make this the perfect spot for a quiet drink before hitting SoHo or Lan Kwai Fong. Recommended: Around the World, a lethal combination of gin, scotch, brandy, rum and vodka masked under fresh flavours of orange, lemon and pineapple.
27 Yik Yam Street, Happy Valley. Tel: 2834 6565. Happy hour: 4.30pm-8.30pm. 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: the Chapel's curries are well-known in Hong Kong, and are also a great way to soak up the booze after the races.
Dada Bar and Lounge
2/F The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberly Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 3763 8778. Happy hour: Tue-Sun, 2.30pm-9pm. Bold leather couches and dim lighting make for a swanky and impressive destination in Tsim Sha Tsui. Recommended: the eponymous Dada cocktail combining pomegranate, light rum and lime, with a touch of spearmint.
2-3/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Tel: 2522 2608. Spread over three floors, this New York loft-style venue incorporates a lounge, club and terraces spread over 12,000 sq ft. Classy but unpretentious. Recommended: the selection of premium whiskies.
Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2522 8118. Hong Kong is not short of Irish bars, thanks to two large chains and a host of independent Irish-themed pubs, but the owners of Kila have taken a different approach: they've done their best to actually feel Irish. Recommended: the Guinness, of course, and the ice-cold Asahi on tap.
G/F 20-22 D'Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Tel: 2525 6628. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 5pm-8pm. Yes, it's in the middle of Lan Kwai Fong but still manages to feel like a hidden gem, with its low lighting and down-tempo jazz. Recommended: the espresso martini.
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 century, this slice of old-school cool comes courtesy of the people who brought us Volar and Halo. Recommended: the Elderflower Paloma, combining tequila, lime, grapefruit and soda water infused with elderflower.
G/F The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Road Central. Tel: 2132 0077. This fashionable hangout spread over two levels offers some impressive signature cocktails. Recommended: the Asian Mind MOtini, with premium gin, muddled ginger, pink grapefruit and fresh lime juice.
62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 2866 3444. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm. Relax at the beautifully restored historic building with natural light, low leather couches and a beautifully calm atmosphere. Recommended: Leffe Brune, a beer not often available elsewhere - and a good one at that.
M88, 7/F, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central. Tel: 2868 3762. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 6pm-8pm. An East Village-style pool bar, this members club remains the coolest place in town to shoot a few balls. Recommended: when in a Manhattan-style bar, one must order the Manhattan. A timeless cocktail for this stylish bar.
25/F Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central. Tel: 2537 1388. Indoor and (spacious) outdoor seating gives Sevva a nice edge. Particularly given the incredible skyscraper views. Recommended: the desserts will steal your heart.
32/F East Hotel, 29 Taikoo Shing Road. Tel: 3968 3968. One of the few bars in the area to have an outdoor terrace, the chic Sugar at the boutique East Hotel is a rare escape from the city's Central-Causeway Bay hip-zone. Banquettes and daybeds allow you to relax in its lap of laziness, while its view takes in most of the city's skyline. Recommended: the music, with resident DJs Eric Byron and P. Grant spinning lounge, soul, electro and chill-out.
1/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2801 5009. Sun-Thu, 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am. The coolest, sleekest pool hall in Hong Kong, 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.
Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central. Tel: 2543 1941. Happy hour: until 8pm. The Globe is a smart English pub with one of the widest and best selections of beers in Hong Kong, as well as excellent fare. Recommended: Typhoon T8, which is brewed on Lantau Island.
The Living Room
6/F W Hotel, Kowloon Station. Tel: 3717 2222. It's easy to kick back and feel right at home in this sprawling, beautifully designed bar complete with board games and bookcases - just help yourself. Recommended: the awesome lychee martinis and the HK$198 deal for all the New World wine you can possibly drink.
Level 5-6, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central. Tel: 3657 6388. The local counterpart to the trendy London restaurant, Zuma is as popular for its innovative cocktails as it is for its divine Japanese cuisine. The terrace offers a smog-free, chic view of busy Queen's Road Central. Recommended: summer cocktails blending classic Western liquors with Japanese drinks such as sake and shochu.