THE OLD MAN

T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Best Cocktails -

In an era where me­diocre drinks can sell for HK$180 and up­wards, it’s ut­terly re­fresh­ing—in both senses of the word—to find a bar like The Old Man, where the drinks not only go for half the price, but ex­ceed your ex­pec­ta­tions. Set up by a trio of bar veter­ans (Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Ro­man Ghale), this tiny Soho drink­ing den is a trib­ute to Ernest Hem­ing­way— the po­tent drinks are all named af­ter the writer’s famed nov­els and his like­ness at the back of the bar is fash­ioned from a patch­work of ma­te­ri­als up­cy­cled from the ren­o­va­tion of the space. At once sub­tle and sur­pris­ing, The Old Man’s cock­tails make fine use of un­usual house-made

in­gre­di­ents—such as curry leaf-in­fused gin, sweet ver­mouth sous-vide pan­dan leaves, and co­pra fat-washed Ap­ple­jack—to in­trigu­ing ef­fect. Cur­rently, there are nine sig­na­ture cock­tails on the tightly cu­rated list and each brings its own per­son­al­ity to the palate. Work your way through them, slowly, and savour the

story that un­furls.

The Old Man, Lower G/F, 37 Aberdeen Street,

Cen­tral, Hong Kong

RUN­NER-UP

Happy Par­adise keeps things fun with its cre­ative take on cock­tails, bring­ing clas­sic Hong Kong flavours (soy sauce, pre­served lemon, rice wine) to the fore­front of its drinks list.

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