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 lighting and leather lounges to sink into, Alfie's more than matches the Dunhill boys' club aesthetic. Try to visit before the word gets out. Recommended: Pimm's by Kee and the lemon grass martini. 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: its 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 decor make this the perfect spot for a quiet drink before hitting SoHo or Lan Kwai Fong. Recommended: the Around the World cocktail, a lethal combination of gin, Scotch, brandy, rum and vodka masked under fresh 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. 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. The Chapel 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. 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 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. At Le Jardin you can gather friends round a table and enjoy the atmosphere rather than just stand and be bombarded by pop music, as is the norm elsewhere in LKF. Recommended: Hoegaarden. Le Jardin remains perhaps the best place to enjoy a pint of 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 it is 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 - drinking on an empty stomach has never felt so healthy. Red Bar 4/F Two IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central. Tel: 8129 8882. Happy hour: 6pm-9pm. Red has an open rooftop, a consistently good DJ and an atmosphere that suits afternoon coffees or evening cocktails. Recommended: despite priceless views and rooftop cool, the area is also public space, so crack open a 7-Eleven can of beer. 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: at Sevva it's the desserts which will steal your heart. Sugar 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 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. Tazmania Ballroom 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. 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. 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.