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Make mine an absinthe: Kinetic steampunk bar opens in Romania

Make mine an absinthe: Kinetic...
The Enigma Cafe took Romanian interior design company 6th Sense the better part of two years to complete
The Enigma Cafe took Romanian interior design company 6th Sense the better part of two years to complete
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Some two years in the making, the Enigma Cafe is based in the historic cultural center of Transylvania
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Some two years in the making, the Enigma Cafe is based in the historic cultural center of Transylvania
The Enigma Cafe boasts impressively intricate detailing, dominated by a large intricate clock
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The Enigma Cafe boasts impressively intricate detailing, dominated by a large intricate clock
The Enigma Cafe took Romanian interior designer company 6th Sense the better part of two years to complete
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The Enigma Cafe took Romanian interior designer company 6th Sense the better part of two years to complete
The firm has prior experience with such projects and has designed another steampunk bar, and a Jules Verne-style submarine pub in Romania
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The firm has prior experience with such projects and has designed another steampunk bar, and a Jules Verne-style submarine pub in Romania
Though not explicitly inspired by H.G. Wells, the Enigma Cafe looks like something the author might have written about
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Though not explicitly inspired by H.G. Wells, the Enigma Cafe looks like something the author might have written about
The "time slave" is a forlorn figure riding a bicycle, wearing a gas mask, and with a plasma globe in place of a brain
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The "time slave" is a forlorn figure riding a bicycle, wearing a gas mask, and with a plasma globe in place of a brain
The design is dubbed Enigma – The Machine
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The design is dubbed Enigma – The Machine
The Enigma Cafe took Romanian interior design company 6th Sense the better part of two years to complete
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The Enigma Cafe took Romanian interior design company 6th Sense the better part of two years to complete
The interior is impressively detailed and boasts many movable parts
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The interior is impressively detailed and boasts many movable parts
The Enigma Cafe took Romanian interior design company 6th Sense the better part of two years to complete
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The Enigma Cafe took Romanian interior design company 6th Sense the better part of two years to complete
A large working clock takes its place over the back wall
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A large working clock takes its place over the back wall
The impressively furnished bar
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The impressively furnished bar
Shot showing the detailing on the front of the bar
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Shot showing the detailing on the front of the bar
Another shot of the bar
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Another shot of the bar
The bar is detailed in copper and brass piping, with glowing tubes, bare wires, and an abundance of cogs and clocks
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The bar is detailed in copper and brass piping, with glowing tubes, bare wires, and an abundance of cogs and clocks
Some two years in the making, the Enigma Cafe is based in the historic cultural center of Transylvania
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Some two years in the making, the Enigma Cafe is based in the historic cultural center of Transylvania
The "time slave" is a forlorn figure riding a bicycle, wearing a gas mask, and with a plasma globe in place of a brain
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The "time slave" is a forlorn figure riding a bicycle, wearing a gas mask, and with a plasma globe in place of a brain
The Enigma Cafe boasts impressively intricate detailing, dominated by a large intricate clock
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The Enigma Cafe boasts impressively intricate detailing, dominated by a large intricate clock
The firm behind the project has prior experience with such projects and has designed another steampunk bar, and a Jules Verne-style submarine pub in Romania
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The firm behind the project has prior experience with such projects and has designed another steampunk bar, and a Jules Verne-style submarine pub in Romania
The design is dubbed Enigma – The Machine
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The design is dubbed Enigma – The Machine
The interior is impressively detailed and boasts many movable parts
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The interior is impressively detailed and boasts many movable parts
Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
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Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
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Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
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Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
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Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
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Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
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Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
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Close-up shot of the detailing at the Enigma Cafe
Shot of the bar
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Shot of the bar
The "time slave" is a forlorn figure riding a bicycle, wearing a gas mask, and with a plasma globe in place of a brain
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The "time slave" is a forlorn figure riding a bicycle, wearing a gas mask, and with a plasma globe in place of a brain
The ceiling is packed with steampunk detailing too
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The ceiling is packed with steampunk detailing too
The ceiling is packed with steampunk detailing too
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The ceiling is packed with steampunk detailing too
The back wall is dominated by a clock
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The back wall is dominated by a clock
The back wall is dominated by a clock
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The back wall is dominated by a clock
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Steampunk aficionados and those looking to try something different can now enjoy a tipple at what's probably the world's first kinetic steampunk bar. Based in Transylvania, the Enigma Cafe is an impressively intricate work of interior design chock full of moving clocks, cogs, and whirring machinery.

Located in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania – Romania's second most populous city – the Enigma Cafe took Romanian interior design company 6th Sense the better part of two years to complete. The firm has prior experience with such projects, and has previously produced another steampunk bar and a Jules Verne-style submarine pub in Romania.

The bar is meticulously detailed in copper and brass piping, with glowing tubes, wires, and moving cogs and clocks adding to the ambiance. Typewriters, gas masks, and bulbs also feature, and the few areas of wall left bare are clad in rough brick.

The Enigma Cafe boasts impressively intricate detailing, dominated by a large intricate clock
The Enigma Cafe boasts impressively intricate detailing, dominated by a large intricate clock

A large illuminated clock takes its place on the back wall, and is linked to an elevator imagined to be a time machine. Whirring machinery is installed the ceiling and walls, and a spinning globe adds to the carefully-choreographed visual chaos that would perhaps prove a bit much after one too many drinks.

Strengthening the time-travel theme, the Enigma Cafe's most creepy feature is a forlorn figure named the "time slave." Sporting a gas mask and a plasma globe instead of a brain, the slave rides a bicycle said to power the machinery.

Check out the image gallery and video below to get a better handle on the place.

Source: 6th Sense via Bored Panda

Enigma

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1 comment
Cuckoo
'The Cross' in Czech Republic precedes this bar by at least ten years. This one looks even crazier to be fair though.