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By Adele Wong | August 23rd, 2017
  • Bar
  • Central, HK Island
  • Address: LG/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, Central
  • Website:
  • Open Hours: Monday-Saturday, Dinner, Late Night
  • Open Since : August, 2017
  • Phone: 2703-1899
  • Rating: 3.5
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Fusion, Western
  • Ambience: Fancy, Intimate, Trendy

Cheers to Hemingway: Central watering hole The Old Man gets its name from Ernest Hemingway’s classic, “The Old Man and the Sea.”

Look & Feel: This Aberdeen Street digs is all forest-green touches, small and stylish roundtables, and comfy couches and bar seats in a sleek, narrow space.

On the Menu: Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails — all at $90 a pop. And Hemingway-inspired, of course. The drinks are named after Hemingway’s different novels, like the Farewell to Arms, made from butter fat-washed gin and vermouth and topped with onion and nori dust. There’s the Death in the Afternoon, a lethal mix of absinthe, sparkling wine and coconut-pandan yogurt. And then there’s the Old Man himself, based on Hemingway’s favorite daiquiri drink, the Papa Doble (from Havana).

A Farewell to Arms at The Old Man
A Farewell to Arms at The Old Man

Meet the Bartender: The Old Man is the brainchild of three industry veterans: Agung Prabowo, James Tamang, and Roman Ghale. Prabowo is head of the bar and had previously held positions at the Mandarin Oriental as well as the Shangri-La.

Great For: A sophisticated evening. An intimate catch-up.

FYI: Apparently, Hemingway hated sugary drinks and therefore, the mojito. You won’t be seeing that on the menu at The Old Man!

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This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.