208 Duecento Otto
G/F, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Tel: 2549 0208. One of the most talked-about 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.
29-30/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 3427 2288. If there's one thing you need to come to Kowloon for it's an unmatched view of Hong Kong. Aqua does this better than all other bars. Recommended: the signature 'Aquatini' is the icing on the cake while enjoying the famous view.
4 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. Recommended: The Around the World cocktail.
Berliner German Bar and Restaurant
Shop G01B, D Deck, Discovery Bay. Tel 2987 8203. This relaxed spot with a seaview and spacious outdoor seating has a welcoming atmosphere. The large selection of German beers are joined by several cocktails and schnapps. Recommended: Guinness-like Fishers Hell (half a litre, HK$60).
5/F Mody House, 30 Mody Road, TST.
Tel: 2724 3828. A Tokyo-style drinking den favoured by Japanese customers whose bartenders make cocktails that match your mood. The focus is on the bar staff and their reverentially served liquors that include a huge whisky list. Recommended: the 10-year original cask-aged Laphroaig (HK$80).
1/F, 16 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2957 8041. Generous pours of powerful margaritas, daiquiris and mojitos, and one of the best pina coladas in town are the draw at this Latin-vibe bar. Recommended: the ginger mojito, packed with freshly crushed mint and ice (HK$65).
Man Hing Lane (off Hollywood Road), Central. Tel: 2858 7071. A mellow haunt with an impromptu alfresco area. A good range of beers and cocktails but leave the wines alone; this is the perfect place for casual drinks. Recommended: Amaretto sour.
77 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2520 5818. This slightly dark but definitely cosy nook moves from escape to midnight dance floor. Take advantage of excellent happy hour offers on champagne and cocktails. Recommended: Grimbergen draught (HK$65), an orangey, toffee-flavoured Belgian beer.
27 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central. Tel: 2810 0005. The extensive drinks list that includes many champagnes, wines and cocktails is a strong lure but the wines are generally a safer bet than the cocktails. although the Flute is a deceptively potent champagne and fruit drink. Recommended: the Domaine Magellan Merlot 2007 (HK$70).
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 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.
G/F, 40 Staunton Street, Central. Tel: 2522 8329. Unstylish yet somehow inviting and cosy, the bar offers a fairly standard mix of cocktails, beers and wines. Beer drinkers will enjoy the Kronenbourg Blanc. Recommended: the Brazilian caipirinha, made with real cachaca (HK$58).
B/F, 65 Wyndham St, Central Tel: 2530 3870. This atmospheric basement bar modelled on 19th-century Parisian salons is dark and lovely, with one of the best cocktail menus in town. Recommended: the Unconventional martini (HK$95), blending gin, lemon juice, mint and kaffir lime syrup.
G/F The L Place, 139 Queen's Road Central. Tel: 2857 1333. This dark bar has booths like time machines that are sure to be the cause of many an entertainingly lost night. The cocktails are all HK$58 and while some experiments didn't work, others were more successful. Recommended: the bourbob, lemon and mint combo Whiskey Smash.
4 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.
27-28/F Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Rd, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2890 3182. Occupying roughly 5,000 sq ft in Cubus, Mamoz offers a panoramic view of the area and glimpses of Victoria Harbour. Recommended: the Southside Fizz (HK$88), a combination of Tanqueray No Ten, fresh lime, mint and soda.
2 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Tel: 2730 6622. Phonograph isn't a music venue but is one frequented by musicians. Staff don't mind plugging your iPod into the sound system while you sip a Yakult cocktail. Recommended: any of the Yakult cocktails.
Basement, Imperial Hotel, 32 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2782 3383. A friendly crowd and helpful, pleasant staff create calmness in hectic Tsim Sha Tsui. Good for a laid-back evening. 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 remains the coolest place in town to shoot a few balls. Recommended: when in a Manhattan-style bar, one must order the Manhattan.
4/F Two IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central. Tel: 8129 8882. With an open rooftop, Red has a consistently good DJ and an atmosphere which suits afternoon coffees or evening cocktails. Recommended: despite priceless views and rooftop cool, the area is also a public space, so crack open a 7-Eleven can of Tsing Tao.
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.
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 to have an outdoor terrace, this is a rare escape from the Central-Causeway Bay hip-zone. Recommended: the music, with resident DJs spinning lounge, soul, electro and chill-out.
Tott's and Roof Terrace
34/F The Excelsior Hotel, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2837 6786. A glamorous hotel rooftop bar that's as suitable for business entertaining as for romantic soirees. The happy hour is good value. Recommended: Moonlight Lychee Blossom (vodka, elderflower, lemon and champagne).
5/F Mira Hotel, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2368 1111. A relaxed and secluded alfresco bar. A few twists on classic cocktails enliven a list that is heavy on whiskies but also includes premium vodkas and rums. Shisha and cigar menus are available. Recommended: the S&M (Scotch and mint) (HK$90).
G/F, 52 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 6768 5252. Our favourite bar on Wyndham Street as long as you stick to spirits and cocktails. Recommended: the W Spice, a buttery concoction of butterscotch schnapps, vanilla vodka, pineapple juice and freshly ground black pepper (HK$98).