A new bar is set to bring the weird and wonderful world of steampunk to the night owls of Bristol…
If the word steampunk doesn’t mean much to you, it soon will if you live in Bristol, as a steampunk bar is set open in the city in summer 2015 if a crowdfunding campaign is successful.
So what is the mysterious-sounding steampunk movement all about? Well, it’s quite hard to sum up in a nutshell, but it began life as a literary subgenre – authors such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells were writing steampunk novels before the term was even invented – and developed to span art, music, fashion and even video games.
Its name is a play on cyberpunk, referencing the fact that steampunk literature is often set in an alternate future incorporating the technology (i.e. steam) of the British Victorian period or American Wild West. Its aesthetic features the mechanical trappings of the steam-powered era repurposed into strange new gadgets and outlandish outfits that are at once old-fashioned and futuristic.
If that rather rambling explanation hasn’t cleared things up for you, then don’t worry, as you’ll shortly be able to experience the world of steampunk first hand at a themed bar in Bristol if Kit Churchward has his way. Kit, a bartender with 12 years’ experience in the industry, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to launch steampunk bar The Clockwork Rose in the centre of the city, which will be the only bar of its kind in the UK.
Kit says: ‘The Clockwork Rose will marry the modern-day Bristol with the 18th Century version, using locally based talents wherever possible. We plan to use artists, brewers and distillers and restoration experts to create a wonderful vision of a Neo-Victorian, industrial world.’
The Clockwork Rose will apparently ‘look like it has jumped straight from the pages of a Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel’, ‘blur the line between fiction and reality’ and transport visitors to ‘an unbelievable steampunk fantasy’.
If that sounds like the kind of place you’d like to enjoy a signature cocktail or pint of local beer – we’re certainly intrigued – you can pledge on Kit’s Crowdfunder page.