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G/F, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Tel: 2549 0208. This addition to the Hollywood Road nightlife scene is a former meat storage warehouse transformed into a slice of New York cool. Recommended: the extensive wine and cocktail list.
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 is no surprise but they are joined by several cocktails and schnapps, all good matches with the hearty German fare. Recommended: the Guinness-like Fischer's 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, the bar is intimate and staffed by bartenders who can make cocktails to match your mood. Recommended: the 10-year original cask-aged Laphroaig whisky (HK$80).
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd, Central. Tel: 2825 4006. Despite its location next to the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental, the Captain's Bar has 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.
2/F The Workstation, 43 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Tel: 9813 1579. A great terrace with an outdoor grill in a Tibetan-themed bar makes up for a lacklustre drinks list. Recommended: the 12-year-old Glenfiddich (HK$75).
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).
27 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central. Tel: 2810 0005. What could beat an unpretentious atmosphere in a prominent SoHo spot? The extensive drinks list includes many champagnes, wines and cocktails but the wines are generally a safer bet than the cocktails. 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.
G/F, 2 Gleanealy, Central. Tel: 2537 2281. This chill-out bar away from the hubbub of nearby Lan Kwai Fong and Wyndham Street offers a casual place to unwind. Recommended: the impressive molecular cocktails such as Mr Grey (HK$110), a refreshing martini made of crushed cucumber, apple juice, Earl Grey tea, gin and elderflower syrup.
Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2522 8118. Hong Kong is not short of Irish bars, but the owners of Kila have taken a different approach: they've done their best to actually feel Irish. Recommended: the Guinness, of course.
G/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Tel: 2851 2281. This Italian restaurant and bar brings the taste of the Piedmont region to Lyndhurst Terrace. There's an extensive wine list (mostly by the bottle, with select varietals by the glass starting at HK$65). 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.
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.
Basement, 49 Staunton Street, Central. Tel: 2858 3129. Bring your own party to possibly Hong Kong's smallest bar with its decor of severed heads. Standard and signature cocktails are all well-made and the wine list is brief but interesting. Recommended: the soup bowl-sized lemon daiquiri (HK$78).
G/F The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Road Central. Tel: 2132 0077. This fashionable hangout over two levels offers some impressive signature cocktails. Recommended: the Asian Mind MOtini, with premium gin, muddled ginger, pink grapefruit and fresh lime juice.
G/F, 65 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2537 5702. Bars don't get much more French than this temple to anise-based drinks. As well as pastis, there is an interesting selection of French spirits. Recommended: the Pastis Henri Bardouin (HK$70).
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. The bar offers excellent spirits, some good wines and an interesting list of beers. 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, 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 vistas and rooftop cool, the area is also a public space, so bring your own and drink in the view.
3-4/F L Place, 139 Queen's Road Central. Tel: 2915 1638. Spread over two floors, this high-concept space features fine dining upstairs (Onshore), and a warm and relaxed bar with an 1,800 sq ft terrace downstairs (Offshore). Recommended: the Surprise Me! (HK$90) cocktail.
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.
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).
LG/F, 62 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan. Tel: 2857 7683. This nightclub has a loyal following for its eclectic music. Stiff cocktails are a strong feature, although the chrysanthemum martini tasted a little too much like medicine. Recommended: Strawberry Mini Boom champagne cocktail (HK$120).
G/F, 52 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 6768 5252. Our favourite bar on Wyndham is as chic and sophisticated as ever, as long as you stick to spirits and cocktails. Recommended: W Spice, a buttery concoction of butterscotch schnapps, vanilla vodka, pineapple juice and freshly ground black pepper (HK$98).