An advertisement (I coloured) from the Hong Kong Standard newspaper,
Sunday September 16th 1973. I was in Kowloon at the time.
From my personal collection.
The Bottoms Up Club is a girlie bar in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. The bar is
famous for its appearance in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the
Golden Gun. The interior of the club evokes the interior of the club
as seen in the film.
The Club opened at 14 Hankow Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, in March or May 1971. One of its early managers was Pat Sephton, a former Windmill model. A 1994 court ruling requested it to remove its naked-buttocks neon sign, and to have its naked dancers wear bras or negliges. The Tsim Sha Tsui location closed on April 2004. Rising rents were cited as possible reasons for the closure. The Club re-opened at the first floor of David House, 37-39 Lockhart Road in Wan Chai in 2004, this time mainly as a sports bar, with one of the original bars being recreated in a back room.
At the time of the film, the club was located in Tsim Sha Tsui, on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour. This gave rise to a movie blooper when Bond, played by Roger Moore, is picked up outside the club by British agents posing as police, and is told he is being taken to a police station on the Kowloon side (of Hong Kong harbour), when he is in fact already there.According to one source, while the film features footage of the exterior of the Club, the scenes inside the Club were actually filmed in a studio in the United Kingdom, were it had been recreated.The club also appeared in the 1994 Wong Kar Wai movie Chungking Express. Takeshi Kaneshiro and Brigitte Lin have drinks there before going to a hotel room.