Behind one of Hong Kong’s most iconic bars, The Old Man, is mixologist and co-owner Agung Prabowo. The bar is the winner of Asia’s 50 Best Bars and ranked #10 on the World’s Best Bars 2019.

His take on cocktails is inspired by Ernest Hemingway, the man who set the cocktail ball rolling. The bar is named after Hemingway’s book The Old Man and the Sea, and each cocktail draws inspiration in some way from the legendary author.

Drinks here are focused on flavour, and so simply presented that you forget the complex process that has gone into their creation. A process that brings into play heavyweights like a centrifuge, an on site distillation contraption, a sous vide machine and a rotovap. This is a world of beautifully tailored and complex cocktails that reflect the complex simplicity of Hemingway’s iconic works. These truly inventive cocktails are a journey of discovery.

Standouts are:

  • A Moveable Feast #1964 uses a rotary evaporator to extract elements of the sea, concentrating them into liquid form, paying homage to the Hemingway book set in the idyllic south of France in 1927.
  • The Sun Also Rises #1926 has copra fat-washed applejack, rotovap curry leaf tanqueray gin, sweet vermouth sous-vide pandan leaves, keffir lime.
  • The intriguing The Snows Of Kilimanjaro #1936 has marshmallows gin, lacto-fermented raspberry, citrus and gruyere.

Plan on going back a few times to try all the nine experimental drinks, each one needs to be discovered.