A Thrilling Venture by the “Three Old Men”, Renowned Mixologist Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale
“I drink to make other people more interesting.”
― Ernest Hemingway
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<<17th August, 2017 – Hong Kong>> Known for enjoying a tipple or two, Ernest Hemingway exuded an understated poise in all aspects of life, especially in his sophisticated taste for local drinks. An iconic American novelist quoted by many, Hemingway is now the inspiration behind The Old Man, the highly anticipated joint venture between three of Hong Kong’s cocktail and bar forerunners, Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale. After years of envisaging what it would be like to launch a bar together, Agung, James and Roman have finally made their dreams come true with the grand opening of The Old Man, an establishment that will prove to be nothing short of legendary. Nestled on Aberdeen Street, The Old Man is a new speakeasy bar concept that pays homage to Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize winning fictional work, The Old Man and the Sea.
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 in Paris and Pamplona. You may be surprised to learn that Hemingway enjoyed some decidedly un-macho drinks like the White Lady (gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice) and a host of champagne cocktails, which he simply adored. On the other hand, Hemingway hated sweet drinks (“No sugar. No fancying,” being his famous daiquiri directives). That explains why, despite what some would have you believe, Hemingway wasn’t a mojito fan. In fact, he may have never even tasted a mojito.
The Old Man presents 9 experimental cocktails as a testament to Hemingway, connecting drinkers to the novels, history and folklore using distinctive culinary gears and unique ingredients. An elusive hideaway on Aberdeen Street, The Old Man reveals the cocktails that Hemingway sipped whilst writing his iconic novels.
Cocktails Inspired by Ernest Hemingway at The Old Man
With a bar menu inspired by Hemingway’s libations of choice, each cocktail crafted by the inventive Agung Prabowo and his team exudes a distinctly Asian touch.
Prior to founding The Old Man, the legendary 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. The latest in his string of accolades, Prabowo was named one of 10 Top Bartenders in Hong Kong 2017 by Drink Magazine Asia.
Priced at HK$90 + 10% each, the cocktails served at The Old Man display the founding “old men’s” passion and appreciation for fine literature. From the list of seven “Best of the Old Man” mixes, guests are welcomed to savor drinks that were affectionately titled after Hemingway’s classics. The Sun Also Rises, a novel written in 1926, inspired the tropical concoction of coconut oil fat-washed applejack, curry leaf infused Gin, sweet vermouth sous-vide pandan leaves and lime kaffir. For a combination of rosemary infused Pisco, turmeric & tamarind cordial and citrus, the Green Hills of Africa, written by Hemingway in 1935 is a refreshing treat. A cocktail that unites sweet and tangy flavors, The Snows of Kilimanjaro (published in 1936) boasts marshmallows Gin, lacto-fermented raspberry, citrus and gruyere.
A moniker dear to Hemingway, The Little Wax Puppy shows a softer side of the famed novelist. A mixture of beeswax infused Michter’s Small Batch Bourbon with eucalyptus honey and bitters, this cocktail portrays a side of Hemingway known by few. Through his unfettered infatuation of the drink, Hemingway became the muse behind the Papa Doble, a cocktail with pineapple sous vide Rum, clarified pink grapefruit & lime and maraschino sous-vide jalapeno.
“We are delighted that our dream has now come true with the opening of our first ever bar in Hong Kong, a product of hard work with my 2 partners and “Old Men”, James and Roman. We have always talked about our own bar – something that is fun and reflective of our age. Hence, The Old Man was born,” says Agung Prabowo.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Newly opening 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.