We waited maybe two minutes and then we were guided through a heavy velvet curtain into a small, underground, dungeon-like space. Our eyes immediately widened.
We were greeted by thousands upon thousands of perfectly preserved butterflies, dangling from the ceiling.
They were just within reach, too tempting not to touch, and we were mesmerized.
Once we finally came out of our butterfly-induced stupor, it became clear that while the colourful insects may be the most visually stunning feature of The Iron Fairies, the rest of the decor was responsible for making us feel like we had stumbled into a fantasy world.
We walked around medieval-looking low-hanging candle chandeliers and fire-pit style tables filled with hundreds of small metal fairies rather than fire to get to the bar. Above the bartenders, hanging from the ceiling again, were dozens of clusters of tiny potion-bottles. Each was filled with different coloured sparkles (fairy dust).
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I ordered a sweet rum-based cocktail garnished with a roasted marshmallow and we stood near the bar in awe.
It’s one of those places where all you do is talk about your surroundings because there is just so much to look at.
And we definitely weren’t the only ones. The small space was crowded, and we were struggling not to spill out of our martini glasses. Fortunately our struggle didn’t last long. One of the guys in our group had managed to snag us a seating area, which, at this point, we were hardly surprised to discover was inside a cave.
The Iron Fairies is outfitted to be like an iron foundry, and inside our candle-lit cavern, that was quite apparent.
We shone our phone flashlights around and discovered several HEAVY, rusty metal tools tucked into the dark corners. They did seem like a serious liability for the bar’s owners, but for us, there was excitement in uncovering the hidden relics. And they were certainly conversation starters.
This was our last stop of the night so we only stayed for an hour or so, but it’s an experience I won’t soon forget. The Iron Fairies is a place you truly have to see for yourself because words and crappy photos taken on an iPhone certainly don’t do it justice.
Go early if you don’t want to wait in line.
The drinks are nothing to get excited about. If you’re going, it’s for the ambiance and decor.
The designer of this bar is also behind Hong Kong’s Ophelia (another bar with awe-inspiring decor to check out).
There are two other Iron Fairies. One is in Bangkok and another in Tokyo (but from looking online I would say this most recent Hong Kong location is the most impressive, with Tokyo’s coming a close second.)