Prepare to be fascinated by Steampunk Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast restaurant and bar scene will be propelled into a new dimension when Australia’s first ever steampunk-themed venue officially cranks open its doors this Friday night.

Steampunk Surfers Paradise, located above bustling Surfers Paradise Boulevard, is set to captivate patrons with its quirky retro-futuristic design.

The 550sqm restaurant and bar is home to loads of weird and wonderful metal gadgets, intricate trinkets with visible moving parts, seemingly endless water and gas pipes, elaborate corsets and vintage goggles and more.


Co-owners Grant Rodgers and Nigel Robert invested around $1 million transforming the venue, which they designed to reflect their fascination with the steampunk subculture.

“This will be something many people will never have seen before and it is landing at a time when the Steampunk movement is really gathering momentum in Australia,” Mr Rodgers told myGC. “Essentially steampunk is a 1920s/early victorian take on what the future would be like, so we have incorporated lots of raw metals, polished timbers, brass fixtures into the design and added some quirky old school stuff as well.”

Steampunk Drinks


Mr Rodgers said the food and drinks will also have a retro-futuristic twist, with science fiction-themed cocktails and a Steampunk take on modern food using local produce.

“The whole aims was to create a space where people can come and hide and still enjoy being in Surfers Paradise. This is the place to come and have a quite drink, enjoy a few share plates and still be in amongst it all,” he said.

Steampunk The Koi Boys

Co-Owner Grant Rodgers with two of the Koi Boys. PHOTO:

Steampunk will officially open this Friday April 7 from 9pm, with The Koi Boys set to make a steamy performance on the dedicated live music stage. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, visit 


Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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