Step inside the Incredible Speakeasy Hidden behind an Umbrella Boutique

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27th Jan, 2016

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I was feeling as if the speakeasy concept had been somewhat overplayed in recent years and become slightly predictable. But a new lounge-bar in Hong Kong has successfully proved me wrong, raising the bar and bringing back the mystery and romance of it all…

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FoxGlove opened in November of 2015 and pays homage to the fantasy of the British spy. Designed by the Hong Kong-based architectural firm NC Design & Architecture Ltd., patrons enter via a secret door of an elegant umbrella boutique professing to sell classic silver-handle English brollies. But there’s only one brolly in particular, whose meticulously carved silver handle will open the door to a secret world of “Kingsman-secret-service-style” luxury.

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Once inside, wandering through the covert inner sanctum of Foxglove is like shadowing the journey of a globe-trotting gentleman spy.

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The dining room looks like the inside of a retro-futuristic first class jet while walking through the hallways feels as if you’ve boarded a 20th century luxury ship.

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Next you’ll be catching a high-speed train as you settle into into the VIP room railway car accented with umbrellas and vintage automobile headlights…

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But the secrets don’t stop there.

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The VVIP has another hidden entrance which can only be accessed by guests who know to place their hand on a floral painting at the end of a corridor until it glows. This signals the undercover bartender to open the door where a classic library awaits, a hidden sanctuary of leather club chairs, marble counters and books all around.

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And just in case you need the floor plan, you know, to scope it out before like spies surely do…

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Now if that doesn’t revive our enthusiasm for the speakeasy, I don’t know what will.

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It does rather remind me of an episode from the 1960s Batman series I found while discovering the bizarre world of Bat Labels!

Foxglove is located at 6 Duddell Street, Printing House, 2nd Floor, Hong Kong.

Awesome photography by Dennis Lo

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