Steampunk on Sixth

New mega-bar Steampunk Saloon to open on West Sixth Street

Mega-bar Steampunk Saloon to open on West Sixth Street

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The new Steampunk Saloon on West Sixth Street will feature three different bar concepts. The Ranch/Facebook

By the end of June, the former Opal Divine’s site at 700 W. Sixth St. will be transformed into a prohibition-era, industrial-themed establishment called Steampunk Saloon, reports Community Impact.

Opal Divine’s closed its West Sixth location in May 2013 to search for a larger space. It seems that Steampunk Saloon was already in the works, according to state records. Steampunk LLC filed as a domestic Limited Liability Company in early 2013. The owner of the 700 W. Sixth St. property, bar and restaurant entrepreneur Bob Woody, is listed as the member and the registered agent of the Steampunk LLC.

Woody is invested in many other Sixth Street bars, including Shakespeare’s Pub and The Blind Pig Pub. He has described the difference between bars on Dirty Sixth and West Sixth Street in terms of how one's date gets treated.

"You bring your girl in to a bar on East Sixth; you get a few beers for $4. Then, you leave her to go to the bathroom and there’s four college boys hitting on her," he explained to Community Impact in 2012. "You buy two beers for $9 on West Sixth Street, you leave her there to go to the bathroom and she’s sitting there on the leather bar stool when you get back, and everything’s all right."

Steampunk Saloon will have three distinct bar concepts, Woody's son, Clay, told Community Impact. A co-owner of the bar, he is also involved in such ventures as The Ranch, West End Salon and Micheladas Café Y Cantina.

The downstairs bar will be the first to open and will feature high-quality cocktails. The upstairs bar and backyard patio will open at later dates and offer distinct experiences. Upstairs will feature a more upscale lounge with craft cocktails and wine, while the backyard patio will include games like shuffleboard and a beer garden.

Food wise, it’s reported that there will be three food trucks in the Saloon’s back alley, including a second location of the East Side King Thai-Kun trailer (the first location is at Whisler’s on East Sixth Street) and Dock & Roll Diner.