What’s Hiding Behind This Vintage Coke Vending Machine? (Photos)

    An old-fashioned coca-cola machine acts as the entry to a hidden wine bar. (Image: Jiancai)The vending machine is located in a Shanghai sandwich shop called The Press. (Image: Jiancai)Flask is a trendy bar hidden behind a sandwich shop. (Image: Jiancai)The setup is modern and stylish. (Image: Jiancai)With muted lighting, the space is designed to feel private and personal. (Image: Jiancai)

    If you happen to be in the French Concession of Shanghai, and you feel like a sandwich, then check out this venue!

    Unless someone told you, you wouldn’t realize that the old fashioned coca-cola machine against one wall there is actually a front for a modern wine bar.

    The colorful diner-style sandwich shop is called The Press, while the funky lounge concealed behind it is known as Flask.

    Designed by architect Alberto Caiola, the “unconventional duo… upends the traditional speakeasy concept,” according to his website.

    He writes:

    Stepping into the tunnel between The Press and Flask, the visitor experiences an extreme contrast in environment.

    “The fun, lighthearted feel, the bright colours and lighting—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.”

    With its stylish yet classic feel, the establishment has been created to appeal to upmarket clients, like westerners and business people. You won’t catch any Chinese officials here!

    Research by Mona

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