THE OLD MAN, HONG KONG

Wine & Dine - - TRAVELLER -

Good lit­er­a­ture and good drinks al­ways go hand in hand, and The Old Man on Aberdeen Street is tes­ta­ment to this. Re­cently opened, the be­spoke bar pays trib­ute to Amer­i­can au­thor Ernest Hem­ing­way, who was him­self a con­nois­seur of good drinks. Named af­ter his clas­sic The Old Man and The Sea, this 20-seater hid­den bar serves Hem­ing­way in­spired cock­tails, and is head­lined by Agung Prabowo, one of Hong Kong’s most for­mi­da­ble bar­tenders who also cre­ates the cock­tails here. His two other part­ners are for­mer ho­tel bar­tenders James Ta­mang, for­merly from The Mira, and Ro­man Ghale of The Up­per House.

From a list of seven “Best of the Old Man” cock­tails (from HK$90), sip on The Sun Also Rises, named af­ter Hem­ing­way’s 1926 novel, com­pris­ing fat-washed ap­ple­jack, curry leaf-in­fused gin, sweet ver­mouth sous vide pan­dan leaves and kaf­fir lime; or the Green Hills of Africa—named af­ter his 1935 novel— with rose­mary-in­fused pisco, turmeric and tamarind cor­dial and cit­rus. And for some­thing sweet and sour, try The Snows of Kil­i­man­jaro (book pub­lished in 1936) with marsh­mal­low gin, lacto-fer­mented rasp­berry, cit­rus and gruyere.

Lower G/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, SoHo, Cen­tral. Tel: +852 2703 1899

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