Steampunk brings something different to Surfers Paradise: a retro industrial world that exists only in the imagination.
Opened in April 2017, the venue brings us the age of machines, of retro-futuristic inventions, robotics and air travel, recreating a world of science fiction inspired by the steam-powered industrial period of Victorian England.
Modelled on the Romanian bar Enigma, co-owner Grant Rodgers tells us that the family and tourist-friendly bar is a first for Australia.
Historical fantasy in genre, this is a carefully themed venue mixing old and new in its Victorian-era fit-out of fascinating metal gadgets and sculptures, including a metal penny farthing and even film projections of old New York City.
“I have a strong Victorian era background coming from Hobart,” he says, referring to convict-built sandstone buildings.
Although seating 400, the venue is inviting, emanating warmth and cosiness in its hidden corners due to the mix of booth seating, bespoke Crank seating and leather Chesterfield couches.
With Beau Irvine (ex-Chill on Tedder) and Jamie Henderson (ex-Club Burleigh), the food is on point for an upmarket venue.
There’s a touch of class to the menu, with something for all diners. You may be eating bar-style snacks, but there’s more than a twist of difference in their execution. Moreover, they’re served on Luzerne plates, to be eaten with Amefa gold cutlery. Stylish!
“We are keen to attract locals who have been waiting for a more chilled-out bar where they can experience live music and relax with friends in Surfers Paradise,” Grant says. “We want to build a top-class venue that people will walk into and say ‘Wow!’
“We’ve opened up the venue to the street to give off an open, airy and contemporary vibe,” Grant tells us. “The venue is more streamlined, with lots of smaller function areas suitable for groups of 8 to 10 people,” he adds.
And just so you can have a good time and be responsible, Grant adds: “With the light rail just outside the front door, this is a great spot for locals.”
“This is the right time to contribute to the growth that’s occurring in Surfers Paradise in the lead-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” he tells us.
“We hear that you have a lot of foodies here. I see Surfers Paradise as a new challenge, and I am eager to make the lifestyle change to the Gold Coast. This is our baby now.”
Open: Mon – Sun 11.30am – late
NOTE: This review has also been published in Blank GC.