Last week we hosted a night of ‘razzle dazzle’ in Hong Kong when our Gough Street gallery was turned into a speakeasy jazz club for the evening. Around 100 guests, from VIP customers to socialites, interior designers and media, joined us for live jazz music and cocktails, ready to let their hair down.
There’s something incredibly evocative and atmospheric about jazz, as American jazz drummer Art Blakey put it, “Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life”. The Golden Age of Jazz was in the Roaring Twenties of course, an era of optimism and decadence, when Prohibition laws were flouted in favour of glamorous parties where everyone could let loose, have a drink, and enjoy the music. Sounds like our kind of night.
Situated in the bustling labyrinth around historic Gough Street, Timothy Oulton’s two-storey character-filled gallery could have easily been a late-night smoky jazz bar in another life. Guests were welcomed inside by inviting leather sofas, the sparkle of vintage-inspired lighting, and black walls richly adorned with curios. The perfect backdrop for a great night in.
It was a lively yet laid-back atmosphere, with the distinctively soulful sound of the saxophone encompassing the room, and a vocalist and pianist completing the immensely talented three-piece ensemble who recently performed at The Peninsula hotel. Our ‘front row’ audience stood congregated around the Iceberg dining table, while other guests sat back and chatted on the slouchy Shabby sofa or wandered the gallery exploring the story-filled furniture.
Creativity weaved itself through the gallery, from the surrounds to the music to the exceptional cocktails served by local mixologists Quinary, voted amongst The World’s 50 Best Bars. Just like Timothy Oulton, Quinary’s ethos lies in creating multi-sensory and thought-provoking experiences. Guests sipped on Smoky Halos, Chai and Chocolate Negronis, and Quinary’s pièce de résistance, their signature Earl Grey Caviar Martini, topped with a flamboyant tower of earl grey ‘air’ filled with bursting ‘caviars’ of the tea. Colourful bottles of liquor and wooden platters of treats including Exotic Millefeuille covered the rustic Causeway dining table, extended to seat 12 and handcrafted from century old reclaimed timber.
The speakeasy vibe was echoed in Timothy Oulton’s home bar collection, with the display at Gough Street showcasing the sardonically named Bio Hazard round cabinet, a glowing glass capsule of temptation, and the sleek Monaco bar cabinet in Rango leather. Far from the hushed voices and secret tipples of Prohibition, some of our guests took to social media to share their evening, with the dramatic Inception infinity mirror offering the perfect selfie opportunity with its endless tunnel of mysterious lights.
When the music finally stopped, guests were enjoying the night so much they didn’t want to leave – the sign of a good night had by all.
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Timothy Oulton hosts regular events throughout the year. If you’re interested in joining the guest list, please contact your nearest gallery.