Polly Bar Celebrates Iconic Birthday with Special Drinks Range

Ernest Hemingway deemed himself ‘The Man’ when he quoted he can “drink hells any amount of whiskey without getting drunk.” (Letter to Ernest Walsh, Paris, September 1925)

So it seems fitting then, that this Friday, July 24, Fitzroy’s Polly Bar will pay homage to Hemingway in style, with a special public event to celebrate his birthday. Polly Bar Mixologist, Dave Whitehead, has crafted a special range of drinks in his honour and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to honour such a literary genius.

In addition to Polly’s already extensive cocktails list, Whitehead has developed three one-off signature drinks for the evening’s celebration:

The Old Man in the Sea – A twist on Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon cocktail featuring La Clandestine Absinthe

The Hemingway Daiquiri – Incorporating the well-known habit of Hemingway buying daiquiri’s in brown paper bags and drinking them as he strolled down the beach with his signature daiquiri

Courage Under Fire – A new take on the Blood and Sand cocktail, based on the 1922 movie about bull fighting, which Hemingway adored. (Little known fact: Hemingway’s book Death in the Afternoon is actually about bullfighting)

And for those who may not have Hemingway’s constitution, Polly will also serving a Hemingway Burger – The Wild West Burger. A burger Hemingway was pedantic about perfecting, right down to the number of pickles.

Polly will take on a distinctly Cuban feel with a VJ playing Cuban music. Polly is renowned for having one of Melbourne’s most extensive drinks list, and the Hemingway Cocktails are for this one night only. Don’t miss the chance to truly honour The Man that said “I drink to make other people more interesting.” Seriously. The Man.

Doors open from 4pm, event kicks off around 8pm.

Polly Bar

401 Brunswick St
Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9417 0880


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