Alfie's by Kee M18-19, M/F Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central. Tel: 2530 4422. With its dark wood, dim lighting and leather lounges, Alfie's more than matches the Dunhill boys' club aesthetic. Recommended: Pimm's by Kee and the lemongrass martini. Aqua Spirit 29-30/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 3427 2288. There's one thing you need to come here for: an unmatched view of Hong Kong. Recommended: Aqua Spirit's signature Aquatini, 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 fruity flavours of orange, lemon and pineapple. 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. Leather couches and dim lighting make for a swanky destination in Tsim Sha Tsui. Recommended: the Dada cocktail includes pomegranate, light rum and lime, with a touch of spearmint. Fringe Club 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central. Tel: 2521 7251. The ground-floor bar is a hip hangout for the arty crowd, regularly offering great live music, while the roof bar is a casual alternative for those wanting to enjoy the nighttime sky. Recommended: the evening tapas menu. 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. Lei Dou 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 it still manages to feel like a hidden gem, with its low lighting and down-tempo jazz. Recommended: the espresso martini. Le Jardin 1/F 10 Wing Wah Lane, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Tel: 2877 1100. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 4.30pm-8pm, Sat, 5pm-8pm. Gather round a table and enjoy the atmosphere rather than just stand and be bombarded by pop music, as is the norm elsewhere. Recommended: Hoegaarden, the luscious Belgian brew. MO Bar 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. Phonograph 2 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Tel: 2730 6622. Happy hour: Mon-Sun, 3pm-9pm. Phonograph isn't a music venue but is frequented by musicians. Recommended: any of the Yakult cocktails - drinking never felt so healthy. The Pawn 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 2866 3444. Happy hour: Mon, Fri, 11am-4pm. Relax at the beautifully restored historic building with natural light and low leather couches. Recommended: Leffe Brune, a beer not often available elsewhere. Racks MDB 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. Sevva 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. Sugar 32/F, East Hotel, 29 Taikoo Shing Road. Tel: 3968 3968. Banquettes and daybeds allow you to relax in the lap of laziness, while the view from the terrace 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. The Globe Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central. Tel: 2543 1941. Happy hour: until 8pm. This smart English pub has 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. The Living Room 6/F W Hotel, Kowloon Station. Tel: 3717 2222. Kick back in this beautifully designed bar complete with board games and bookcases - just help yourself. Recommended: the lychee martinis and the HK$198 deal for all the New World wine you can possibly drink. Woolloomooloo 31/F The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 2893 6960. With amazing views over the city through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and from the breathtaking rooftop bar, Woolloomooloo is bringing a new kind of cool to Wan Chai. Recommended: everything tastes good when you're on top of the world. Zuma Level 5-6, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central. Tel: 3657 6388. Zuma is as popular for its innovative cocktails as it is for its divine Japanese cuisine. Recommended: summer cocktails blending classic Western liquors with Japanese drinks such as sake and shochu.