“Study the past, if you would divine the future.” – Confucius
“Study the past, if you would divine the future.” – Confucius
It’s hard to believe that today marks the third annual International Dieselpunk Day. In recognition of today, we’re starting a new tradition of reposting the message made on first IDD back in 2012.
The day is finally here! From the spark of a small discussion on Facebook arose a worldwide movement that turned into a wildfire. The idea was to set aside a day, a special day, for dieselpunks around the world to join together to celebrate this young and growing phenomenon we call Dieselpunk.
In Dieselpunk, we capture the sophistication and elegance of the fashion of the 1920s, 30s and 40s and then incorporate it with modern tastes.
Dieselpunks pays tribute to the Greatest Generation that sacrificed so much to save the world from Evil incarnate and we relish the liberty they gave us with the knowledge that freedom isn’t free.
In Dieselpunk, we revel in the technological, architectural and scientific achievements of that golden era that still shape our world today.
Dieselpunk remembers the pain and suffering of our ancestors who struggled against poverty, pestilence and famine from events such as the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl and we thereby draw strength from them to help us make it through the hard times that we experience.
In Dieselpunk, we find inspiration from leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to help guide us in decisions that we must make that affect our personal and social lives.
Dieselpunks are realists and acknowledge the dark side of humanity by refusing to shy away from the despotism found in the Diesel Era such the resurgence of the Klan, the rise of totalitarian despots, and the growth of organized crime for we know the truth of the axiom that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.
In Dieselpunk, we find an appreciation of the beauty and artistic wonder of the Fine Arts through remembering the Diesel Era renaissance with its Golden Age of Motion Pictures, the Jazz Age, and Art Deco.
Therefore, this is our day for us to celebrate. Today is the day for us all to stand proud and declare to the world that we are dieselpunks!
This month we spotlight the Noir Lounge in San Francisco, USA.
According the clubs Twitter page: “Noir Lounge will take you back to the 1940’s, where cool jazz and romantic vibes took center stage. Great wine, great bites and better times.”
SFGate web site writes, “A San Francisco bar going for a Dashiell Hammett feel, complete with piano bar, could end up just being a caricature of itself. Yet, Noir Lounge fits into the Hayes Valley landscape just fine. With gold-painted domed ceilings and leather armchairs, it has a calming atmosphere that makes you want to curl up with a glass of wine and maybe even slow down long enough to listen to that piano music.”
581 Hayes St. (near Laguna), S.F. (415) 431-6647.
3-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until midnight Friday-Saturday, until 9 p.m. Sunday.
Our spotlight this month is on the bar “Prohibition”, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
According to their web site:
Prohibition is a swanky Buckhead club with the feel of a 1920s underground speakeasy. While it’s not a members-only club, guests can only enter by securing the evening’s password and dialing it into the antique phone booth entry way. While Prohibition is anything but dry, our mixologists craft cocktails from a recipes book passed down for generations.
56 E Andrews Dr. NW
Atlanta, Georgia USA
Mon – Fri: 4:00 pm – 2:30 am
Sat: 5:00 pm – 2:30 am
Sun: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Our spotlight this month is The Backroom Bar located in New York City, USA.
According to their web site:
The Back Room is one of only two speakeasies in New York City that operated during Prohibition and is still in existence today. It is a timeless example of the underbelly of New York past. The original 1920’s speakeasy, known simply as “The Back of Ratner’s,” played host to many theater and movie actors of the “Roaring Twenties,” as well as famous gangsters of the era. These gangsters included Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. They were known to use the space for “business meetings.”
The Back Room and it’s history has been featured in many productions, including, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire, New York Speakeasy Tour” and NYC-TV‘s “Secrets of New York.” It is this rich and authentic history that sets The Back Room apart from other “speakeasies” of today.
Visit The Back Room and use the same hidden entrance that was used 85 years ago. Enjoy a cocktail from a teacup—the way people used to secretly drink during prohibition! The vintage 1920’s décor, period pieces and secret room behind the bookcase, provide the perfect setting for a date, birthday party, film shoot, event, or a casual night with friends. Although the characters may have changed, the energy and ambiance remain constant. You won’t see any gangsters, but you might be a guest at an event for Pearl Jam, Martha Stewart, Paul McCartney, New York Magazine or Robert Plant. (All memorable events recently hosted at The Back Room!) Experience it for yourself. Even though Prohibition is over, the tradition lives on at The Back Room!
Located at 102 Norfolk Street New York NY 10002
The Candlelight Club in London is about as dieselpunk as a club can get.
They describe themselves at their web site as, “a clandestine pop-up cocktail bar in a secret London venue, a stunning, tucked-away den with a 1920s speakeasy flavour, completely lit by candles. Each party offers a one-off cocktail menu, with special themes, plus dancing to live 1920s jazz bands and vintage DJing.”
The Candlelight Club has a Diesel Era dress code. According to their web site, “flappers, gangsters and molls, degenerate aristos, decadent aesthetes, corrupt politicians and the Smart Set In the Know. Evening wear or jackets and ties for gents. No T-shirts, jeans or trainers. Hen parties very welcome but, please, no L-plates or phallic objects.” To show their seriousness about this, the site has a page of shops that one can purchase Diesel Era clothing.
According to the web site, the club’s location is only available via email when one purchases a ticket.
Visit their web site for more information: http://www.thecandlelightclub.com/
This month we highlight an Art Deco styled restaurant in London, UK: Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill.
Following is from the restaurant’s web site:
Building on the rich history of restaurants at The Savoy, Kaspar’s is a seafood restaurant and oyster bar designed in dazzling Art Deco style. Inspired by the decadence of the Twenties and Thirties, the opulent Art Deco design of Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill truly complements the rich excitement of this all day dining affair.
Cut-glass mirroring and bright brass railings, silver leaf ceiling and chequer-board marble floor frame a central circular bar flanked by Murano glass columns and pendant glass light fittings to crown Kaspar’s theatrical style. Welcome to one of the most exciting restaurant concepts at The Savoy since Kaspar first took his seat at the table.
Formerly the River Restaurant at The Savoy, Kaspar’s outstanding location offers panoramic views of the River Thames and the grand landmarks of London. Seafood specialist and head chef James Pare leads our relaxed but luxurious all day dining style. So kick back to the roar of the twenties at Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill.
Choose from arrays of fresh and smoked fish, oysters, caviar and fresh seafood: delicious slivers of smoked salmon, cured sea bass or fresh rock oysters followed by Dover sole, lobster or sea bream; spatchcock, lamb cutlets or beef. Conclude with clever twists on classic deserts such as Vanilla rice pudding or Gooseberry and Amaretto trifle.
Address: Strand, London WC2R 0EU, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 20 7420 2111
Hours:7:00 am – 11:00 pm
This month we highlight a twenties era club in Manly, NSW, Australia.
(Following is a description found at The Bride’s Diary)
Inspired by the prohibition era speakeasies of the 1920’s, Harlem on Central is the latest and greatest addition to the manly bar landscape. From the moment you find the discreet, almost secret entrance you will immerse yourself in a bygone era oozing luxury and style.
Drawing strongly from the Harlem Renaissance movement it is a chic late night lounge where the four corners of hip hop meet the style and sophistication of uptown Manhattan. Every fixture and fitting at Harlem on Central has been meticulously selected to create a warm and undeniably opulent atmosphere.
Conceived by Kieran Bailey and Adam Clarke the team behind Manly’s iconic Sugar Lounge and Miss Marley’s, which was recently nominated for Australia’s best small bar in the prestigious bartender magazine awards.
Decanter lights from U.K. designer of the year Lee Broom, more gold surfaces than the Sultan of Brunei and custom made cabinetry where members can purchase their own spirit locker and keep their favourite tipple under lock and key.
Harlem’s relaxed yet knowledgeable bar team serve only the finest spirits complimented by cut crystal glassware and triple frozen ice. They have scoured the globe to find rare, precious and hard to find spirits and liqueurs to tempt even the most discerning of drink aficionados. Award-winning bartender and owner Kieran Bailey has compiled an exquisite cocktail list of twisted classics and in-house creations.
The service style is cool and casual where the only things fresher than the ingredients uesd are the soulful beats, which create the backdrop to this unique experience. The seductive sounds of street soul, new jazz and neo funk will be the canvas on which your evening is painted.
The menu is a cheeky twist on modern soul food with one eye on authenticity and the other on the healthy Northern beaches lifestyle. Vibrant, tasty food that is unpretentious and full of life. Inspired by Cajun, Creole and African American classics our Executive chefs Aurelien Lesage will take you on a sumptuous culinary journey to 110th st and beyond.
Harlem on Central, rethinking drinking and redefining dining!
Shop 4, 9-15 Central Ave, Manly NSW 2095
Open Mon – Sun: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
We’re proud to announce that we’re back for the third year of the International Dieselpunk Day celebration! For those new to our site, our goal is to coordinate with Dieselpunks around the world to host parties, movie viewings, as well as other events to promote the exciting phenomenon of Dieselpunk.
This year in each post we’re going to focus on a different 1920s themed restaurant or nightclub around the world where dieselpunks can go to celebrate International Dieselpunk Day.
Our first entry is about Bathtub Gin in New York, USA.
According to CBS 2: “A new speakeasy behind Stone Street Coffee Shop, Bathtub Gin offers a clandestine scene on the outskirts of the Meatpacking District. Enter the coffee shop and look for a red light above a false wall leading to a ’20s style lounge complete with a clawfoot copper tub and waitresses in flapper garb. The cocktail menu is heavy on gin, such as the Sloe Gin Flip and the Raspberry Gin Fizz, and if you’re hungry, you can also order from a traditional pub food menu.”
132 9th Ave (between 18th St & 19th St),
New York, NY 10011