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<<4th October, 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. After opening its doors in August 2017, the Ernest Hemingway-inspired speakeasy made waves on the Asia regional stage by ranking #5 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 as the Highest New Entry, as well as being crowned the winner of T. Dining Awards’ Best Cocktails category. Today, The Old Man debuts on the world stage,ranking #10 on the prestigious World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list.
Cocktails Inspired by Ernest Hemingway at The Old Man
Located in a discreet corner of the trendy SoHo district, The Old Man sweeps Hemingway fans and cocktail connoisseurs into a world tailored to the beautifully complex mind of the iconic writer. With a name, drinks menu and overall concept paying tribute to Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize winning fictional work, The Old Man and the Sea, Agung Prabowo and his team have concocted some truly inventive cocktails with a culinary and scientific approach. The new cocktail menu by Prabowo delivers fascinating backgrounds on the various drinks, their ingredients, their histories and the characters – real and fictional – associated with them.
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 involves 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, 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.
“Our dreams first became a reality when, after many sleepless nights perfecting the vision of our bar, we were able to see and feel it in the flesh. Then we served our first cocktail to our first customer. And now, only 1 year later, we are flying higher than we’d ever thought possible at the time with the honour of being ranked on The World’s 50 Best Bars. We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past year, and can’t wait to welcome you back to The Old Man.” – owners Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale.
Bar Details – The Old Man
Address – Lower G/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong
Tel – 852 – 2703 – 1899
Monday – Thursday – 5pm – 1am
Friday – Saturday – 5pm – 2am
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.