The newest bar on Queensland’s glitter strip is a tribute to Victorian-era science fiction.
‘Steampunk’ is a sci-fi subculture focusing on retro-futuristic inventions inspired by the steam-powered industrial period of the 19th century.
The most obvious steampunk signifiers include weird and wonderful metal gadgets, intricate trinkets with visible moving parts, seemingly endless water and gas pipes, elaborate corsets and vintage goggles.
So, what does all of that have to do with a new bar?
Co-owner Grant Rodgers says Steampunk Surfers Paradise will boast a Victorian-era fit-out, science fiction-themed cocktails, live music, and even a steampunk twist on modern dining.
“This will be something many people will never have seen before, and it is landing at a time when the steampunk movement is really gathering momentum in Australia,” he says.
“People who know about steampunk really love it and want to share it.”
About $1 million has been spent refurbishing the new venue’s Cavill Lane premises, which overlooks Surfers Paradise Boulevard.
Rodgers says patrons can expect to see plenty of brass and copper piping, heavy Victorian furniture and fascinating works of art.
He sold his Victorian-style bar, Hotel Soho, in Hobart last year in order to move to the Gold Coast and open a venue in what he sees as a flourishing Surfers Paradise hub.
“This is the right time to contribute to the growth that’s occurring in Surfers Paradise, and which we see as only getting stronger in the lead-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” he says.
Rodgers says the venue will cater to locals with an open-aired, laidback atmosphere, and will host local artists on a dedicated live music stage.
“We want there to be somewhere in Surfers Paradise that provides a great experience for residents, and is not solely targeted at the tourists,” he says.
The venue is expected to hold up to 400 patrons, and incorporates a dining deck opening out to the street.
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