Photos: Villains Tavern, a Steampunk Bar, Opens in Downtown's Art District
Dana Hollister has done it again. The famed interior designer and bar owner and founder 's latest venture can be found in downtown's Arts District, under the long shadows of the 4th and 6th Street Bridges and tucked into a sleepy nighttime area. Perhaps, however, this will change things.
"I think it's really about the place. Whenever I work on a project, I always really get inspired by the building itself," said Hollister, who has either founded or currently owns the 4100 Bar, Bordello, Cliff's Edge and the Britespot. "So this building talked to me about being on the edge of town, and kind of a litlte bit left of everything else that's here. And so for me it was all about constructing something that was unlike anything that was over here, and the idea of kind of like an outlaw place, or like a villains outlaw place [came to us.]. When we got that name together we realized we really had something."
And so it became steampunk, the anachronistic steampowered 19th Century H.G. Wells and Jules Verne inspired style. "There's a lot of 19th century elements in this," Hollister explained of the mix of old and new elements found throughout the space.