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Hong Kong's best new bars for Spring 2016

This year's most exciting boozy openings to ring in the year of the Red Fire Monkey

A slew of new openings are set to ring in this Chinese New Year. We've done the hard work and visited them all, compiling this definitive list as we went. Let yourself relax for the week and indulge in some of the greatest bar cuisine and drinks Hong Kong has to offer. 

Whether you are a wine novice or connoisseur, the happy hour seems to be the common denominator for all those who desires a good time over a glass of excellent wine and delicious nibbles anywhere in the world. And in Hong Kong, Woobar is the place to be on a Wednesday. From 8 to 10.30pm, 'Wine-Derlust' serves over 30 varieties of international wines, with hearty terrine, pâtés, fine cold cuts and cheese. Experts are on hand to suggest ideal pairings for gourmet enthusiasts. www.woobarhongkong.com

Arena Bar by Zerve

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This new haunt on Knutsford Terrace takes your love of sports to a new level. Follow up on the latest scores over an ice-cold beer or show off your own sports prowess at the pool table or dart boards. A great place to let your hair down after work or get together with friends, Arena Bar's draughts on tap and signature cocktails will have you coming back for more. www.facebook.com/ArenaBar

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California Vintage

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Successful partnership with 22 family-owned wineries throughout California lets this unique wine bar do what it does best: serve excellent vintages by the half-glass, full-glass or bottle. Ninety carefully-selected wines rotate on the wine menu, which means you won't miss out on anything from the sunny state. And what better complements your drink than Californian dishes? Go for an Angus burger or grilled salmon. www.cvwinebar.com

Ebb & Flow

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Open all day, Ebb & Flow combines a quaint art gallery, magazine lounge, café and wine bar under one chic roof in the heart of Causeway Bay. Whether you stop by for freshly brewed coffee, afternoon tea set with wonderful pastries or let your hair down with a glass of wine at the end of a long day, this is a great place to just go with the flow – chilled pun coolly intended. www.parklane.com.hk/ebb-and-flow

Crafty Cow

For impartial diners who love their drinks as much as their food, Crafty Cow gastro pub is just the place to be after a day of hard work or serious shopping. This unpretentious and casual neighbourhood bar has proven to be a new star in the PoHo district, bridging cultures by infusing many national flavours into their menu. While cuts of beef are not to be missed, it's the international craft beers that are attracting a real crowd. www.craftycow.hk

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Gordon Ramsay's new venture London House that just opened in the waterfront neighbourhood is a great way to kickstart your evening in Kowloon. Go for the bartender's own list of his favourite cocktails, while Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash and Shepherd’s Pie are just the thing when you are a little peckish. In addition to all-day dining, an extensive list of drinks makes this a wonderful watering hole. www.diningconcepts.com/LondonHouse

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This Hawaiian-inspired bar makes the perfect winter getaway when you are stuck in town. Have a seat by the exotically-decorated bar, on the covered terrace or in the lounge, or take your drink outside when it's not too cold. Refreshing libations such as Kaizoku – an innovative mix of rum, wasabi and yuzu – or the Holo Holo Volcano with rhubarb bitters and Absinthe beautifully complement the healthy poké dishes on offer. www.mahalotikibar.com

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Forget the beaten path of classic cocktails, because Mod Bar's Chinese-inspired libations served in antique mugs are just the start to a memorable evening at Tycoon Tann, the lifestyle restaurant where the bar is located. After a long day, indulge in a glass of Kavalan Taiwanese whisky – decreed the world's best single malt – as this is the only venue in Hong Kong to ever offer a complete collection, with an evocative East-meets-West décor to boot. www.tycoontann.com

Spotlighting an underrated yet versatile cocktail ingredient, vermouth, Pirata's own Vermuteria is the city's first. Its light, elegant, herbal aroma that takes an ordinary cocktail to a whole new level is a true journey of discovery offered by Pirata's expert mixologists. Divided into three groups – Bianco, Amaro, Quinquina – its comprehensive selections are a great introduction to the world of vermouths. www.pirata.hk

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The city's first bar dedicated to Bohemia is aptly named 'Pivo' (beer in Czech). Your Central European experience begins at the bar, where a pint of Pilsner Urquell draught beer kicks right in. Well-known for its age-old brewing and distilling techniques, traditional Czech beers such as Kozel Dark, Staropramen and Primator Lezak boast a unique flavour and colour. Pair your drink with hearty dishes such as roasted bone marrow with braised oxtail and bread dumplings. Winding down has never been so good. www.cafedecogroup.com

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Asia's only bar to stock over 700 of the world's top malt whiskies and premium champagnes, SAFE is also part of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. All this means that you can enjoy the most precious and coveted libations. On arrival, your sense of anticipation is heightened even further by the bar's safe-inspired décor. You can also take part in whisky workshops that reveal new horizons of this classic drink. www.smws.com.hk

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1 Woobar
2 Arena Bar by Zerve
3 California Vintage
4 Ebb & Flow
5 Crafty Cow
6 London House
7 Mahalo Tiki Lounge
8 Mod Bar
9 Pirata
10 Pivo Czech bar
11 SAFE Bubbles & Malt