SAFE HOUSE: SPY BAR & THEME RESTAURANT IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. JAMES BOND FOOD, SECRET AGENT DISGUISE.


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Shhh… the latest installment of my Huffington Post / AOL travel TV show is out. I snuck into Safe House, a hidden Milwaukee restaurant/bar for spies.

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My disguise consisted of…
Sunglasses: Wanderling Red Queen, gifted from Lumete.
Dress: h.NAOTO, from Closet Child (my favorite Tokyo secondhand store)
Pirate scarf: an old thing
Cut-out boots: Leche by Yosuke, from Marui One Shinjuku’s “shoe heaven” floor
Black floppy sunhat: from Hong Kong

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I can’t divulge all the secrets of Milwaukee’s Safe House. Intelligence would have me terminated. Or, at least, the owners would be miffed.

I can tell you it’s a refuge for secret agents, disguised as a restaurant and bar. (Or is it the other way around?) I knew the address (779 North Front Street, Milwaukee Wis.), but struggled to find the hidden alleyway door.

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Once I located the entrance, I had to face Miss Moneypenny, who demanded a secret password. No clue. “You’ll have to do what I tell you for entry,” she said. Which, as you can see in the video, was rather embarrassing.

A bookcase slid open, and a passage led to a dining area sectioned internationally (Hong Kong, Eastern Europe etc.) Spy memorabilia covered the walls. Relics included a USSR jail door, a chunk of the Berlin wall and an Austin Powers guitar.

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Co-owner Shauna Baldwin, who goes by the title “chief disinformation officer,” tipped me off to gags hidden throughout the restaurant. “Want to know if your boyfriend is playing the field?” she asked. The ladies’ room has a peephole offering a vantage point from which to watch his behavior at the bar.

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Even the food has undercover names, such as Ze French Dip and Bond’s Bomb, a chocolate ball with a lit fuse (candle) that I couldn’t blow out. The video shows how my martini was thoroughly shaken, thanks to a retro-futuristic device.

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Safe House takes the spy theme to the extreme. Baldwin custom-built a hidden revolving booth exit, and dreamed up a “Her Majesty’s Secret Service” act with a rising torture chair.

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But these details are classified. Spies will have to don a disguise, and sneak in to see for themselves.

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Thanks to Chief Disinformation Officer Shauna for the tour, to the film crew for their hard work, and to Huffington Post / AOL for the chance to do this travel show.

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What’s the coolest theme restaurant or bar you’ve ever visited?

  • Db

    that looks fun

  • Megami

    The outfit looks great! I’d like to visit all the places you showed! Keep up the excellent work! Love ya! (⌒▽⌒)

  • Anna

    cute! :D

  • Tessa

    love the travel videos ! ♥

  • Glitch

     Looks like such interesting place.(berlin wall piece XD )Glad your espionage skills got you in.

  • Francesca

     ‎007 babe!!

  • Jessica

    ahahaha what an awesome place! Your outfit is so fitting, you look like you jumped right out of a noir spy film~

  • Anonymous

    It seems like a cool little place. I want to go there!! Your outfit was just right for it too lol

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      I had so much fun there!

  • Kat

    I ve never entered a strange theme cafe…. 
    Oh… Jungle Cafe

  • Sara

    why your hair are never stressed out ? ;_; nice tint…

  • Ninjah

     I love the shoes!!

  • Tessa

     ♥ loved the video ! looks like a very cool place to visit

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      super fun!

  • Marco

    great^^!