Photo credit: Alberto Caiola
When you first step into this room, nothing really looks out of place, except maybe the Coca-Cola vending machine in the corner. At the pull of a handle, a modern and chic bar in Shanghai is revealed, called the “Flask”. This machine is located in The Press, a small sandwich shop that operates as a secret front for the trendy bar hidden behind. It was designed by architect Alberto Caiola, and he says “the fun, lighthearted feel, the bright colors and lighting [in The Press] – within a few steps, these elements segue into a mysterious space with warm, muted lighting and the murmurs of bar patrons to invite further curiosity.” You’ll find speakeasy-era, like vintage sofas, muted copper-colored lighting, and a wall covered in 25-litre whiskey bottles, scattered throughout. Continue reading for more pictures.