While pseudo-Victorian steampunks can easily kit-out computers with brass and wood, build gas-belching metal tree houses, and even craft steam-powered vibrators, no manner of antediluvian tomfoolery can alter that thorn in New York bars’ side: nabbing a liquor license. According to the Brooklyn Paper, Prospect Heights’ Way Station — a live-music venue and the self-anointed “world’s first steampunk bar” — has been lodged in administrative limbo for more than six months. “It’s Kafka meets Catch 22,” owner Andy Heidel told the Paper. “Fortunately, I haven’t woken up as a giant cockroach … yet.” The full liquor license is not expected till March, and Heidel’s funds are running as dry as his venue. To keep the Way Station afloat, Heidel has procured temporary liquor licenses for boozy special events, such as a burlesque-themed Halloween bash and an upcoming New Year’s Eve bash. The throwback entertainment? Disco-flavored band Discovery.
It’s ‘Station’ to station at liquorless music hall [Brooklyn Paper]