‘Steampunk’ Bar to Open in Former Second State Space

by Sean Meehan August 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm 1,282 5 Comments

1831 Bar and Lounge

A steampunk-inspired bar and lounge is set to open on M Street in September.

The bar — appropriately called 1831 — will be located in the former Second State space at 1831 M St. NW.

The new hangout is the brainchild of brothers Jeff, Sean and Jean-Paul Chreky. Daniel Chreky, the brothers’ father, owns the building and operates Daniel’s Hair Salon on the upper level.

Jeff Chreky, 24, said he and his brothers, 31 and 34, came up with the concept for the bar together, hoping to give diners a “classier” alternative to clubs and college bars.

“We don’t want to be a club or a place that gets crazy,” Chreky says. “We want it to be a place where you can sit down and have a drink and something to eat.”

The lounge will serve small plates with salads, skewers and meat and cheese plates, Chreky says, and the bar will feature six taps and a wide selection of wine, beer, liquor and cocktails.

The interior, which is still under construction, will feature rustic light fixtures, sleek black tables and several small couches. In connection with the steampunk theme, a brick wall opposite the bar will house a mural inspired by the Jules Verne novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

“Some of the places that were here before sort of went around what the space is,” Chreky says. “We decided on the concept because it’s something different than what is around here.”

  • Bryan Doyle

    Could someone please tell me what “Steampunk” means? I am asking for a friend.

    • North Eazy

      I think it is sort of like Hipster–but with lights. Like, a Hipster electrician would repurpose old lighting fixtures and leave some of the wires hanging out because corporate America tucks the wires in. IDK. Sounds like a dumb concept. “We want it to be a place where you can sit down and have a drink and something to eat.” Isn’t that everywhere, really? WTF do I know. I wish the brothers luck though.

    • WufPup

      Steampunk is when Goths discover brown.

      In all seriousness.. it’s basically imagining how technology would have evolved if it stayed stuck in victorian england… lots of leather, brass, steam contraptions…. think of the movie “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”

  • sapphie

    are they going to get rid of the notorious stench in that place??

  • Larry_T

    Steampunk is derived from an alternative history sub-genre of Science Fiction. The basic premise is that advanced technology came much earlier than in our historical track and you had clockwork men (robots), Babbages (computers), and other advances, both real and imaginary, in the social context of the second half of the 19th century, or thereabouts. Since classic science fiction explores the effect of advanced technology on society, it’s a perfect match. Now we have Steampunk music (Abney Park, the Dresden Dolls, etc…), Steampunk gatherings, Steampunk movies, and a whole cultural movement. A major part of the movement is to reject the soulless (Steve Jobs) technology of sealed plastic boxes and celebrate the culture of the maker.It’s an entire aesthetic in which beauty and technology mesh. Think of Captain Nemo’s organ in the old Disney 20,000 leagues beneath the sea, or Artie’s computer in Warehouse 13.


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