• Drinks & Nightlife

The Old Man – World’s Top Bar That Serves Hemingway-Themed Cocktails

August 10, 2021

Name(English): The Old Man
Name(English): The Old Man
Category: Drinks & Nightlife
Phone Number: +852 2703 1899
LG/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central
Address(Chinese): 中環蘇豪鴨巴甸街37號低座地下
Address Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/BJWUCbv4QKF8wuPu7
Address longitude and latitude: 22.2828522,114.1494335
Nearest MTR Station:  Sheung Wan MTR station Exit A2
Nearest MTR Station Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/ARrU54jWPSLV2GvDA
Nearest MTR Station longitude and latitude: 22.286565,114.1496827
How far from the nearest MTR Station: 11-minute walk from MTR Sheung Wan station Exit A2
Opening hours:
MON 17:00-02:00
TUE 17:00-02:00
WED 17:00-02:00
THU 17:00-02:00
FRI 17:00-02:00
SAT 17:00-02:00
SUN Closed
Budget (per person): HKD100-200
Recommended Time to Visit:
After 21:00
Recommended Food/Drinks: The Dangerous Summer, A Day’s Wait
Accessibility Note: Not wheelchair-friendly – Have to take several steep steps down the before you see the entrance

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Determined, strong, staunched, and humble – Like the fisherman in Hemingway’s novel “The Old Man and The Sea”, The Old Man on Aberdeen Street also proves that good wine needs no bush. 

As you walk into the bar, you will be welcomed by this vibrant splash of green. The jungle-themed wall paper and chair slipover all conveys an immense sense of exoticism, reminding one of those long-missed great adventure awaiting us ahead. 

Despite its secluded presence at its exterior, the glory of The Old Man cannot be dimmed. In fact, The Old Man was actually one of the top 10 of The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2018, and has remained in top spots among Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2019. 

As the name of the bar suggests, The Old Man pays tribute to the renowned writer Ernest Hemingway. From the geometrical portraits hung at the middle of the bar lounge, to the names of the cocktails that go after the novels written by the great novelist, all subtleties in the bar salute to the great novelist, who was also famous for his prodigious drinking. 

Wishing to feel completely energised for the summer amidst the Hemingway-ish booze? I would definitely recommend the following alcoholic drinks:

  1. The Dangerous Summer

 The thick taste of mango curd reminds one of mango lassi. Following the fruity wave of mango curd is a subtle hint of fermented koji rice. Overall speaking, the kiwi bourbon and the mango curd give the drink a refreshing note. 

2. A Days Wait 

This drink definitely captures your heart if you have a sweet tooth. The sweet refreshing plum-watermelon koji goes well with the roasted marshmallow gin. Even if you are not a heavy drinker, you will still enjoy its fruity base!

Hit the booze, and be inspired by the witty flavour in your spirits. Maybe after a gallon, you will become the next Hemingway! 

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Mimi Ming

Currently an arts and law undergraduate student at HKU. Enjoys exploring the ambiguity between rationality and sensuality as a city flâneur.


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