Brooklyn Reporter:By Meaghan McGoldrick / firstname.lastname@example.org / Wednesday, October 5, 2016 / 12:14 PM
Talk about a royal flush.
Brooklyn’s own the Way Station has been named a finalist in the America’s Best Restroom contest, hosted by Cintas Corporation.
The “Doctor Who”-themed TARDIS bathroom at the Prospect Heights saloon features a colorful mural on all four walls as well as translucent windows to notify patrons when it’s occupied. In addition, its ceiling resembles a starry night sky, making it appear larger while also paying its respects to the cult classic television show.
“From the book lover to the baseball lover, our impressive 10 finalists have something for everyone,” said John Engel, senior marketing manager at Cintas. “We invite the public to show their support for their favorite restroom. The winning restroom will receive national attention as a business for its clean and welcoming restroom that excels in both function and design.”
“Doctor Who” is a classic science-fiction series that centers on time-travel.
The Way Station is one of 10 finalists, chosen based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.
The winner will receive $2,500 in facility services, courtesy of Cintas.
Voting is open through November 1 at www.bestrestroom.com/us.
Nerd Alert: Have a Drink at One of the Geekiest Bars in America
This TARDIS Toilet Is Actually Bigger on the Inside
But for the owners of a steampunk-themed bar called The Way Station in Brooklyn, the bathroom seemed like the most obvious choice for a TARDIS.
Brockman's Gin- The Black Pages. May 25, 2015
Buzz Feed- 19 Bars In America You Should Drink At Before You Die, By Jean-Michael Poff
The Brooklyn Paper-Where to celebrate Mardi Gras in Brooklyn, By Matthew Perlman, February 12, 2015
Staten Island Invades Brooklyn
Brooklyn Paper Bands from Mysterious Island to Rock Brooklyn Venue, By Max Jaeger, October 15, 2014
SILive 'Staten Island Invades Brooklyn' for full night of live music at The Way Station, by Lauren Steussy, Oct. 16, 2014
Gotham Holler Sponsors Country Music Nights at The Way Station in Brooklyn, NY
EINNEwsDesk: Music Industry Today, August 12, 2014
Top40-Charts.com: August 12, 2014
Broadway World: 11, 2014 by Geeks News Desk.
PR Newswire: August 11, 2014
PROSPECT HEIGHTS MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESS
DNAinfo: First-Ever Prospect Heights Music Festival Coming to a Bar Near You by Rachel Holliday Smith, July 7, 2014
Time Out New York listed the PHMF in their "Things to Do" this week section. This is a NOT TO BE MISSED Brooklyn moment. July 7, 2014
NEWS12 BROOKLYN: Watch the interview with The Way Station owner and a live performance by Branded Saloon owner. short reel here or long reel here.
Daily News: Brooklyn bands kick off first-ever Prospect Heights Music Festival by Marco Poggio, July 9, 2014
Yelp voted The Way Station one of their favorite, "petite pads for a truly intimate musical experience." June 11, 2014
"Let me tell you, Andy Heidel’s place is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. " Chuck Yarborough, Music Critic for The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Untapped Cities- Daily What?! The Way Station Is a Dr. Who Themed Bar in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn by Billy Hagberg
Brooklyn Daily- Zimmer-men and women to play whole Bob Dylan album for his birthday by Danielle Furfaro, May 28, 2014
That's Nerdalicious!- 9 of the Nerdiest Menus from Bars and Restaurants Around the World by Lisa Granshaw
Stage Buddy TV- Brooklyn's Friendly Neighborhood Nerd Bar. Interview with Anders.
Artist Growth- Help the soundman get you a great live music mix. An interview with our sound man James by Michael Gallant.
Lou Reed Birthday Tribute Press, March 2014
Brooklyn Paper- Still waiting for the man: Bands play birthday tribute to Lou Reed
Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Press, November 2013
NewYork.com- 5 NYC Restaurants and Bars that Honor Your Hidden Geek
Brooklyn Exposed - Your Guide to Everything Brooklyn
Topless Robot- Nerdiest Places in Brooklyn
Io9 The Greatest Science Fiction-Themed Bars and Restaurants on EarthTime Out New York: Vintage New York trendsetters and scene makers: Andy Heidel
Io9 hosts Golden Anniversary party @ The Way Station
Io9 says: "This Is Awesome!"
Featured on Space TV's Inner Space
Featured on BBC World News segment on Steampunk
L Magazine Best of Brooklyn issue listed The Way Station as the "Best Bar for Nerding Out"
The L Magazine review of TWS says:
"there is something different about Way Station. The anachronistic sensibility seems to come from a more earnest place, a yearning for an alternate reality instead of the usual knee-jerk aping of Old Europe. It is a beacon for the neighborhood's nerdy, a place where you can mention the Cybermen or Cthulhu with any random stranger and they'll probably know what you're talking about. Also, in case you haven't heard, it has a fucking TARDIS."
NY Press had my bar review listed on their front page
"Since it opened in February, The Way Station has been picking up steam. The TARDIS has proved a powerful magnet for Doctor Who fans from around the region, and Heidel says curious visitors from as far away as Alaska, Florida and Texas have ventured into the bar. And though you won't be transported to another dimension, you could easily lose track of time at The Way Station."
Great interview with Proprietor Andy (anders) Heidel in the Village Voice
New York Magazine : "Truth be told, though, the Way Station is simply a solid neighborhood bar in a neighborhood short on them." Also listed in NY Magazine's PRO CRO guide and Grub Street
Brooklyn Exposed review "This bar is amazing. It offers killer drinks and an atmosphere that will blow your mind. It’s a great place to nerd it out, dress crazy, meet some science fiction lovers and just have a great time!"
Party Earth Review: " Individualist and unique, yet warm and relaxed, The Way Station offers some good kitschy fun for those looking to slip in, grab a pint, and get their nerd on."
Featured as Bar of the Day on Shecky's
The Brooklyn Paper has a new story about the bar. Gothamist picked it up and is getting lots of comments. (BTW longacre, i got that poster as a reproduction print from Paris and had it professionally framed). Oh, And now Village Voice NY Press and Grub Street have picked up the thread.
New posts on my wait for a liquor license io9
Girl Gone Geek
Brownstoner broke the news on our December events
Brooklynian is chatting about "The New Bar on Washington Ave" and Intrepid Engine says "Andy had me at Steampunk Bar."
Galleycat just posted about our upcoming steampunk reading series. If you're interested in curating, drop us a line.
The Brooklyn Paper broke the news first about The Way Station opening up.
"Thank you for the live streaming, including the option to embed the performance on our website and post to fb, and for advertising in the Village Voice. Too few clubs do a band this service."
BAR SCRAWL by Bill Roundy for the Brooklyn Paper