The Old Man: Ernest Hemingway-themed bar
For the next after-work drinks with colleagues, try The Old Man, a new bar concept sweeping Ernest Hemingway fans and drink connoisseurs into a world inspired by the American novelist. The overall concept pays tribute to the cocktail lover’s Pulitzer Prize fictional work, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), and the cocktails on the menu, inventive with an Asian touch, are named after his other novels. The bar is the brainchild of Agung Prabowo, former bar manager of the Mandarin Oriental; James Tamang, former bar manager of Vibes, the Mira’s hotel bar; and Roman Ghale, former senior bar and restaurant operations manager at The Upper House.
Address: Lower G/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Style on the move
Frequent business travellers will appreciate the importance of ultra-durable luggage. TUMI’s 19 Degree aluminum collection boasts strength as well as a modern and stylish sculpted aluminum shell that makes it easy to spot at baggage claim. Inside are thoughtful internal dividers and organizational pockets. These bags also feature four dual-spinning recessed wheels, a TSA-compliant locking system, a three-stage telescoping push-button handle, and a hanger bracket. Available in silver, matte black and blue, and in four sizes.
Broadway’s glitziest show comes to Hong Kong
The Olivier and Tony Award-winning musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert debuts in Hong Kong this month at the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Based on the Oscar-winning movie, the wildly funny musical tells the feel-good story of three friends who go on a road trip using a battered old bus named Priscilla to perform as drag artists at a casino. Viewers will likely find themselves in awe of the more than 500 dazzling costumes, and out of their seats dancing along to hit songs such as Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Don’t Leave Me This Way, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife, Go West, Hot Stuff and Shake Your Groove Thing.
Dates: 29 September to 22 October
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
With Mid-Autumn Festival just around the corner (4 October), here is our quick selection of mooncakes to give to business partners or clients.
Yan Toh Heen’s Homemade Moon Cake Collection, InterContinental Hong Kong
The 2-Michelin star Yan Toh Heen has a selection of homemade mooncakes, packaged in elegant gift boxes created by the former chief homeware designer of Shanghai Tang. It includes Custard Cream and Gold Dust Moon Cakes (6 pieces, HK$388), and Make-A-Wish Hong Kong Yuzu-Custard Moon Cake (1 piece, HK$88). This special mooncake is inspired by children from Make-A-Wish Hong Kong, who participated in the selection of the flavour, design and packaging. Net proceeds of these mooncakes go to the wish-granting charity.
Golden Leaf, Conrad Hong Kong
Green tea lovers will be pleased to hear that Golden Leaf have released green tea and egg yolk mini mooncakes (8 pieces, HK$368) this year. More traditional options (6 pieces, HK$368) include white lotus seed paste with egg yolk and mixed nuts with salted pork. Low sugar mooncakes are also available.
Moonlight in the Enchanted Garden, Marco Polo Hotels
If you appreciate contemporary style, or know someone who does, Marco Polo hotels offer chic mooncake gift boxes, with each individual mooncake box printed with a whimsical floral pattern that can be pieced together to create a charming scene – like a puzzle. The treats available include Assorted Mooncakes (8 pieces, HK$458), White Lotus Seed Paste with Double-Yolk Mooncakes (HK$428 for 4 pieces, HK$228 for 2 pieces) and the Piccolo Kids’ Club Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes (6 pieces, HK$328). ◆