Following a triumphant year of recognitions and awards for Soho cocktail bar The Old Man, founders Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale have unveiled their second venture, THE SEA, a continuation on the theme of iconic writer Ernest Hemingway’s 1952 hit novel.
The rustic interior is inspired by Pilar, Ernest Hemingway’s beloved 38-foot boat, which he rode through three marriages, a Nobel Prize and his ultimate ruin. Hemingway’s time spent on Pilar influenced much of his written works, including Pulitzer Prize-winning The Old Man and The Sea. The mahogany bar exudes the interior of a cosy boat, further accentuating the feeling of an intimate drinking atmosphere.
The Sea’s ten signature cocktails focus on simple, mineral flavours derived from natural elements such as rock, sea, peat and soil. Health-conscious guests will be pleased to know that the lightly alcoholic cocktails contain no sugar, and are transparent in their nutritional value, antioxidant level and caloric density. Each cocktail is priced at HK$90+10%, and is identified by number rather than by name.
As for the classics, The Sea by The Old Man has mastered a list of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite vices – created in The Sea way. The Giblet (HK$110) for example, is made using seaweed gin re-distilled in-house with a rotary evaporator machine. The cocktail’s subtle hints of a salty ocean breeze is exclusive to The Sea. Other classic cocktails featured include the Hemingway Daiquiri, Whiskey Sour, Gin Fizz, the Perfect Highball and more, each priced at HK$110+10%.
For guests wishing to abstain for the night, The Sea has curated three non-alcoholic cocktails, including Summer in Bimini, African Safari, and Cucumber Lemon Shrub. Each non-alcoholic drink is priced at HK$85+10%.