Inside Realm of the 52 Remedies, after leaving the boisterous din of Common Theory Public House—the popular neighborhood pub where this hidden bar is housed—guests are propelled into a futuristic apothecary, a bright-white room lined with shelves of glass jars, exotic herbs, roots, and remedies.
Behind another glass door bearing ancient Chinese text representing “Recipes for 52 Ailments,” renowned San Diego-based designer Michael Soriano, known for his down-the-rabbit hole entrances, warps guests through a maze of hanging faux blossoms and fractured temple walls into an awe-inspiring inner sanctuary that speaks of Shanghai circa 1920.
The wealth of eye candy is staggering: metal clouds hover above, along with giant strands of beads that drape from the ceiling. A massive slab of backlit jade onyx anchors the bar, lanterns flicker and swaths of diaphanous fabric swirl overhead as metaphor for China’s ancient Silk Road trade route. Gorgeous gilded naturally-edged wooden tables nod to Japanese aestheticism and the concept of Wabi Sabi—perfection found in imperfection. The breadth of detail: The shadowy mountainscape relief, luxurious wallpaper dotted with antique porcelain “Chinois” plates, and a Blade Runner-esque, black-and-neon blue bathroom pumping K-Pop all make this a truly immersive experience.