West Sixth Street has a brassy new addition and it's causing quite a stir. Among the sports bars and brew havens of the downtown thoroughfare you'll find Steampunk Saloon, a prohibition-era, industrial-themed establishment specializing in craft cocktails and 1920s style.
Originally slated to open in summer 2015, Steampunk Saloon opened its doors in late November. The tavern features craft cocktails, several beers on tap, multiple televisions, and arcade games, plus Thai-Kun and Dock and Roll food trucks on the patio. Future phases for the mega-bar include decking out an upstairs lounge and adding more attractions to the backyard.
But that's not what folks are talking about. After a relatively quiet opening, the bar garnered buzz overnight with a recruiting call on Facebook that has Austinites commenting on its unique aesthetic.
"I know it's a little early to say, but I think that the Steampunk Saloon is really going to redefine the term 'beer goggles,'" said user Chris Prorock.
"Is there a valet for my dirigible or will I have to spend hours circling the block like a dang-blasted fool looking for a proper mooring location?" quipped Ricky Miranda.
As is expected of Victorian culture, Steampunk Saloon politely replied, "Unfortunately, we do not have dirigible valet — street parking is most likely the best alternative." Alas, a sense of humor.
Steampunk Saloon is backed by local entrepreneur Bob Woody (Shakespeare's Pub, The Blind Pig Pub) and his son Clay (The Ranch, West End Salon, and Micheladas Cafe y Cantina). The Victorian-esque bar took over the Opal Divine's located on the same block as The Ranch, Brew Exchange, and J. Black's.
For ladies and gentlemen interested in getting behind the bar, Steampunk Saloon's recruiting event is scheduled for Thursday, January 21.