Hong Kong's The Old Man opens in Singapore on Keong Saik Road
A Hemingway tribute
How many snazzy drinking holes can the ebullient Keong Saik Road house? We haven't quite come to that conclusion yet; but we're definitely not complaining. Especially since its latest entrant is somewhat famous — considering its accolades of ranking No.5 on Asia's 50 Best Bars and No.10 on World's 50 Best bars respectively. Yes, The Old Man in Hong Kong has sprung a surprise branch on our sunny shores, with it being its first overseas venture. The Singapore outpost is also fortunately, twice the size as the original outfit. A rare case of our city winning the upper hand when it comes to spatial issues — yay.
Taking after its flagship in Soho Central, Hong Kong, The Old Man Singapore takes most of its inspiration from Ernest Hemingway's famed fictional work, The Old Man and the Sea. Hence the befitting Hemingway references in the bar — like a mosaic portait of the author himself as well as vintage crystal bottles and his novels shelved neatly in a prominent position.
The bar is shaped like a T; as it's designed to spur mingling amongst the imbibers as well as the bartenders on shift. You'll also find a beautiful brass column across the center of the bar counter, which serves a very important purpose. It is designed to maintain the temperature of -35°C, while ensuring that every cocktail is concocted with optimal density and dilution.
Libations served here are unsurprisingly, inspired by the cocktails that Hemingway sipped on back when he was writing his iconic literature works. They're affectionately named after his classic novels and each spark a distinct Asian touch. One of which, titled The Sun Also Rises, reinterprets the classic Negroni — featuring a tropical concoction of coconut oil fat-washed applejack, curry leaf infused gin and sous vide pandan leaves in sweet vermouth. Something tells us there's something about the unpredictability of this joint that the late Hemingway would definitely approve.
#01-04, 55 Keong Saik Road, Tel: 6909 5505
Opening hours: (Mon-Sat) 5pm-12am