One of the hottest new cocktail bars in Shanghai is a well-hidden secret. The Flask Speakeasy Shanghai by Alberto Caiola is hidden behind a nondescript vintage Coca-Cola machine in a sandwich shop. Just twist the coin return on this old-timey vendor, and you’ll enter an exclusive speakeasy with an unreal design.
A visually striking cocktail club that is as sexy as it is secretive.
The Flask Speakeasy Shanghai is paired with The Press, a street-facing sandwich shop. The Press is quite a design itself — it features unpainted concrete walls with a pink drop-ceiling section, an orange counter and wood seating for natural tone accents. To the left of the counter, a simple vintage Coke machine adds more than just a bit of character. It’s an entry way into a completely different world.
At night, guests can enter Flask Speakeasy through the slim door of the Coca-Cola machine. Guests are greeted with an exquisite design, one that balances the era-appropriate speakeasy furnishings with futuristic design elements. The tufted leather seating, vintage wooden bar stools and copper-topped tables might feel right at home in a 1920’s American speakeasy. At Flask, these traditional furnishings are met with sculptural ceiling elements that hang down in wild geometric patterns. These hide lighting fixtures and help silence ambient noise for a private, dimly lit environment. In concert, this old-meets-new design is fascinating, a visually striking cocktail club that is as sexy as it is secretive.
Flask is open now in Shanghai for those in-the-know. Guests can swing by during the day and visit The Press for a sandwich and a soda. If you tip the server well, you just might get invited to walk through that Coke machine door later that night…View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery