SAFE HOUSE: SPY BAR & THEME RESTAURANT IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. JAMES BOND FOOD, SECRET AGENT DISGUISE.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But these details are classified. Spies will have to don a disguise, and sneak in to see for themselves.
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.
What’s the coolest theme restaurant or bar you’ve ever visited?