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. Eyebar 30/F iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel: 2487 3688. 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. Hyde 2-3/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Tel: 2522 2608. Spread over two floors, this New York loft-style venue incorporates a lounge, club and terraces in a 12,000-sq ft space. Classy but unpretentious. Recommended: the selection of premium whiskys including vintage Macallan. 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 make their place actually feel Irish. Recommended: the Guinness, of course, and the ice-cold Asahi on tap. 4 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 cannot be missed. 4 Lily 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 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. 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. 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, low leather couches and a beautifully calm atmosphere. Recommended: Leffe Brune, a beer not often available elsewhere. Red Bar 4/F Two IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central. Tel: 8129 8882. Happy hour: 6pm-9pm. 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 public space, so crack open a 7-Eleven can of Tsing Tao. 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. 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 city's 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 Globe Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central. Tel: 2543 1941. Happy hour: until 8pm. 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. 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 pretty good when you're already on top of the world. 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.