Bars

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 June, 2011, 12:00am
 

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 named the best young designers of 2004 by Wallpaper. Recommended: the extensive wine and cocktail list.

Aqua Spirit

29-30/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 3427 2288. Too many turn their noses up at Kowloon, but there's one thing you need to come here for: an unmatched view of Hong Kong. Aqua does this better than all other bars, hands down. Recommended: the signature 'Aquatini' is the icing on the cake while enjoying the famous view.

Baby Buddha

18 Wo On Lane, Central. Tel: 2167 7244.

Its tucked-away alley location and cool, minimalist d?cor make this the perfect spot for a quiet drink before hitting SoHo or Lan Kwai Fong. Recommended: Around the World cocktail, a lethal combination of gin, Scotch, brandy, rum and vodka masked under fresh fruity flavours of orange, lemon and pineapple.

The Blck Brd

6/F and roof garden, No 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Tel: 2545 8555. With no DJs, no cocktails and no televisions, this bar has a unique focus: top-quality booze. And it's all served up in an elegant, almost industrial, environment. Recommended: the 14-year-old Oban whisky (HK$138 a shot), along with the Ardbeg, Talisker and Glenmorangie (all HK$88 a shot).

The Chinnery Bar

1/F Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central. Tel: 2825 4009. First opened in the 1960s, the Chinnery has the air of a traditional gentlemen's club. 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 from around the globe.

Cinecitta

G/F, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai. Tel: 2529 0199. Tucked away at the somewhat quiet end of Star Street, Cinecitta has long been a bar for those in the know, and for those looking for a refined drink away from the crowds. Recommended: the Negroni (HK$78) - an easy drink to get wrong, but Cinecitta's version hits the spot.

Club @28

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, with a circular bar and glass windows on either side, one of which leads to the venue's real gem - a wood-decked terrace. Recommended: the J-Cube cocktail, made with vodka and crushed strawberries.

Cocky Bar

18/F The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2724 6388. This 18th-floor alfresco terrace bar with panoramic views of the Hong Kong skyline and Kowloon is bringing a bit of class to Tsim Sha Tsui's nightlife. Recommended: the martini list, particularly the sour apple martini (HK$90) with a crisp bite of fresh green apple.

Dada Bar and Lounge

2/F The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberly Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 3763 8778. Bold leather couches and dim lighting make for a swanky and impressive destination in Tsim Sha Tsui. Recommended: the eponymous Dada cocktail includes pomegranate, light rum and lime, with a touch of spearmint.

Dragon-I

UG/F The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 3110 1222. Dragon-i has the strongest reputation for late-night clubbing and as a place to see and be seen. Book ahead and sample the high life. Recommended: any of Dragon-i's cocktails or enjoy a bottle of 10-year-old Chinese rice wine.

Eyebar

30/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2487 3988. This impressively expansive space so rare with Kowloon bars takes advantage of the 30th-floor locale, turning the stunning harbour view into the bar's backdrop. The East-meets-West theme looks stylish instead of cheesy. Recommended: the more than 100 international wines or Chinese spirits such as Wuliangye.

Felix

28/F, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2315 3188. This Philippe Starck-designed feast for the eyes is one of Hong Kong's best-known bars, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing impressive views over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Recommended: Felix arguably offers the best gin and tonic (HK$95) in town.

The Fifties

5/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Tel: 2523 0238. The d?cor and music don't really evoke the decade, and the food didn't appeal, but the drinks were excellent. The wine list is sizeable. Recommended: the signature cocktails, especially the fresh fruit daiquiris and martinis and the Scarlet Geisha.

Fringe Club

2 Lower Albert Road, Central. Tel: 2521 7251. The ground-floor bar is a hip hangout for the city's arty crowd, regularly offering great live music, while the roof bar is a bit rough around the edges but offers a casual alternative for those wanting to enjoy the nighttime sky. Recommended: the evening tapas menu offering chorizo, Thai fish cakes and braised wings.

The Globe

Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central. Tel: 2543 1941. The Globe is a smart English pub, with one of the widest and best selections of beers in Hong Kong, as well as excellent pub fare. Recommended: Typhoon T8, which is brewed on Lantau Island.

Hard Rock Cafe

LG/F LKF Tower, 55 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong. Tel: 2111 3777. The Hard Rock Cafe's return to Hong Kong is music to the ears of local rock fans. And, of course, the joint is lined with star-studded memorabilia, including a Gibson Les Paul guitar used by Slash of Guns N' Roses. Recommended: the Hurricane, with Bacardi Superior rum, Captain Morgan dark rum and Disaronno Amaretto plus grenadine, orange, mango and pineapple juice.

Kila

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.

Lily

6/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, 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.

Ozone

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. Prices here are as steep as the venue, but then you're paying for that view. 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.

Racks MDB

M88, 7/F, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central. Tel: 2868 3762. 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.

Salon de Ning

B/F, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2315 3355. Hidden away in the basement of the Peninsula is this glamorous slice of 1930s Shanghai, inspiring a feeling of intrigue and mystery. Recommended: the Manhattan (HK$115), using Jim Beam rather than rye whiskey.

Zuma

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 well-placed 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.

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