Named as one of the Top 25 Bartenders of Hong Kong & Macau 2014 by Drinks World Asia and a Bacardi Legacy Hong Kong Competition 2014 finalist, James Tamang pours his passion for cocktail making while serving extraordinary
cocktails to guests. Trained in Hong Kong, James had worked in a vast variety of organisations that include exclusive members-only nightclubs, fine dining restaurants and hotels.
As a previous Bar Manager at The Mira Hong Kong Luxury Five star hotel, he helmed the hotel’s entire beverage program. This saw him representing the hotel as a spokesperson bar and beverage related topics in the media. He was also involved in the bar concept development, menu development, staff training, team building, and many more.
In June 2016, James left The Mira Hong Kong to pursue his dream of starting his own bar. While the work for owning a bar was in progress, James did work shortly as a pre-opening manager for Marriott Group’s Renaissance hotel in Hong Kong developing beverage program for their newly opening lobby lounge bar and restaurant.
In addition to his passion for bartending and the community, James has travelled to many countries around the world seeking inspiration from various bar communities and the city’s drinking culture.
Now, James is collaborating with two legendary bar personalities - the renowned Agung Prabowo and Roman Ghale - his two partners who he opened The Old Man Hong Kong with in August 2017, where he’s created arguably one of the most inventive & unique cocktail menus inspired by a tribute to Ernest Hemmingway.
The Old Man HK was crowned as the winner of Best Cocktails Bar 2017 by Tatler Magazine.
Other accolades include:
Number #1 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 by William Reed.
Number #10 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 (Highest New Entry) by William Reed.
Number #5 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 (Highest New Entry) by William Reed.
Asia’s Bar of The Year 2018 by DRiNKS Magazine
“The Best New Bar” 2018 by Bar Awards.
Following the success of The Old Man HK in the past one and half years, James expanded The Old Man to the cocktail capital of Asia, Singapore. The Old Man SG opened its doors on 19 February 2019 with its sister-bar in Hong Kong, The Sea by The Old Man.