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<<12th June, 2019 – Hong Kong>> The Old Man Hong Kong, winner and #1 of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 and #10 on the World’s 50 Best Bars 2019, is popping up at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok from 7th June – 31st August, 2019. Led by co-founder and head bartender Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale, The Old Man takes temporary residence in the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s sleek lobby to showcase award-winning cocktails to discerning guests of the hotel.
The Old Man sweeps Ernest Hemingway fans and cocktail connoisseurs into a world tailored to the beautifully complex mind of the iconic writer. With a name, drinks menu and concept paying tribute to Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize winning fictional work, The Old Man and the Sea, Agung and his team have concocted some truly inventive cocktails with an Asian touch. The cocktail menu delivers fascinating backgrounds on the various drinks, their ingredients, their histories and the characters – real and fictional – associated with them. Once a resident of The Oriental Hotel, Hemingway was known to appreciate awe-inspiring spaces and architecture that fuelled his literary work, much like the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.
The Old Man: Cocktails Inspired by Ernest Hemingway
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. A Moveable Feast #1964 uses a rotary evaporator to extract elements of the sea, taking memorable aromas of the sea and concentrating them into liquid form. 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. 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, Agung has put together an eclectic combination of ingredients, such as clarified banana ghee and celery, salted tequila and spiced banana skin tincture.
“The Mandarin Oriental [hotel group] is no stranger, as I used to shake and stir the drinks at Oriental Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta, MO Bar in Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and The Chinnery at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to once again work with the hotel group that I keep close to my heart. Although I’m running my own bar now, I feel grateful for the valuable experiences I have had with the hotel,” says The Old Man founder, Agung Prabowo.
The Old Man Pop-Up Experience at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Reservations: +66(0)2-659-9000 Ext. Bar Reservations
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, and Sunday from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am
Friday and Saturday from 7:00 pm – 3:00 am
Hotel Details – Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Address– 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Tel – +66 (0) 2659 9000
Facsimile – +66 (0) 2659 0000
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – Mandarinoriental.com/Bangkok
About Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Built in 1876 and ideally located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has been an inspiration to a host of world-renowned writers from Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham to Wilbur Smith and John Le Carre. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok boasts an international reputation for splendid service, style and grace and facilities including eight restaurants. The hotel’s private teakwood shuttle boats provide daily access to the world famous Thai Cooking School, the hotel’s Thai restaurant, the award-winning Oriental Spa and Health Centre located across the River; as well as the nearest skytrain station (SaphanTaksin) and River City Shopping Centre
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 – email@example.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”.