Presenting the “Best of the Old Man” Cocktail Menu by Head Bartender Agung Prabowo

    “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”― Ernest Hemingway

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    <<17th July, 2018 – Hong Kong>> Led by three of Hong Kong’s cocktail and bar forerunners and “old men” Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale, The Old Man has taken the cocktail scene by storm with innovative drinks and a unique approach to mixology. While The Old Man only opened its doors in August 2017, the past few months have seen immense success for the Soho speakeasy – from debuting at #5 on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list being and being crowned the winner of T.Dining Awards’ Best Cocktails category. A tribute to Ernest Hemingway’s classic “The Old Man and the Sea”, the connection to the legendary writer’s literary works is apparent from the name to each imaginative cocktail by Head Bartender Agung Prabowo.

    Following its recent successes on the international stage, The Old Man continues to blaze the trail for cocktail innovation in Asia by revealing a brand new cocktail list featuring all-new libations by Agung Prabowo.

    Cocktails Inspired by Ernest Hemingway at The Old Man

    Prior to founding The Old Man, Agung Prabowo held the impressive role of managing the Bar & Beverage program at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, before which he had also led Island Shangri-La’s award-winning bar at Lobster Bar & Grill to international acclaim. Prabowo was also named one of 10 Top Bartenders in Hong Kong 2017 by DRiNK Magazine Asia.

    Priced at HK$120 + 10% each, the “Best of the Old Man” offers a unique take on Hemingway’s oeuvre that showcases the tastes, smells and colors of the cocktails he enjoyed and placed so prominently in his stories. For the new cocktails, Hemingway’s novels are used as inspiration to conceptualise a stunning cocktail experience for guests.

    A Moveable Feast #1964 uses a rotary evaporator to extract elements of the sea (such as whole clams, seaweed, salts and seawater re-distilled with vodka), taking memorable aromas of the sea and concentrating them into liquid form. The clear cocktail of spiced cherry tomato, coconut, basil-tomato seeds and oyster leaf is then infused in a cheesewax bottle for 24 hours.

    Paying homage to a Hemingway book set in the idyllic south of France in 1927, Garden of Eden #1985 infuses rotovap honeydew rye whiskey with goat’s milk bourbon, caramelised sauterne, cordial and orange-phosphate bitter. The use of honeydew, milk and sauterne represents some of the local cultivation at the time.

    In Our Time #1924 is a collection of short stories and vignettes chronicling the years before and after World War I that rocketed Hemingway to fame. For this, Prabowo has put together an eclectic combination of ingredients, such as clarified banana ghee and celery, salted tequila and spiced banana skin tincture. Under “Not Hemingway’s Favourites”, Prabowo has created two new non-alcoholic cocktails that wouldn’t exactly be the famous writer’s first choice.

    Summer in Bimini (HK$95) features a carbonated cocktail of clarified pink grapefruit and salted Seedlip Garden and African Safari (HK$95) is an exotic mix of rosemary, Seedlip Spice, turmeric-tamarind cordial and citrus.

    The new cocktail menu delivers fascinating backgrounds on the various drinks, their ingredients, their histories and the characters – real and fictional – associated with them.

    Ernest Hemingway Day on 23rd July

    On 23 July, The Old Man will be throwing a special cocktail party for Hemingway Day to celebrate the literary icon. Guests in attendance will range from friends to media and industry professionals.

    An elusive hideaway on Aberdeen Street, The Old Man reveals the cocktails that Hemingway sipped whilst writing his iconic novels. With a charming vibe and a diverse range of Hemingway-themed cocktails, The Old Man is the perfect new venue for the true cocktail enthusiast in search of a unique experience.


    Bar Details – The Old Man
    Address – Lower G/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong
    Tel – 852 – 2703 – 1899
    Opening Hours – Monday – Saturday, 5pm – 2am
    Email – info@theoldmanhk.com
    Website – www.theoldmanhk.com

    About The Old Man

    Inspired by the 1952 Ernest Hemingway novel about a Cuban fisherman and the biggest catch of his life, The Old Man is the first Hemingway-themed bar in Hong Kong with a distinctly Asian touch. Tucked away on Aberdeen Street with an award-winning bar team, fans and drinking connoisseurs alike can gather and sip on inventive libations in memory of the brilliant writer and cocktail enthusiast.

    About Ernest Hemingway

    It’s no secret that booze was Hemingway’s life-blood, for himself as much for his fictional cohorts.  He was also a sophisticated drinker, a local connoisseur who sought out the best bars from Paris to Pamplona. The Old Man presents 12 new experimental cocktails as a homage to Hemingway, connecting drinkers to the novels, history and folklore using distinctive culinary gears and unique ingredients. The signature cocktail menu is divided into two categories that speak to Hemingway’s particularities, including “Best of the Old Man” and “Not Hemingway’s Favourites”.