Stepping into the Trap Room is kind of like stepping into a basement lounge from the 1960s.
There’s shag carpet, vintage light fixtures and a giant mountain scene on one wall that has the oversaturated look of most (if not all) mountain scene photographs of that era. At the bar, patrons can snack on peanuts out of vintage ceramic dishes. It’s softly lit and cozy, though it also has a large, L-shaped patio for those who prefer sunshine to basements (even faux ones).
“I don’t feel like there are a lot of lounges downtown,” said Jason Kulbel, who owns and operates the bar with Robb Nansel. “It was more about kind of just creating a comfortable space, and a space that’s comfortable to me is a basement that’s well-lit.”
The Trap Room opened Saturday, at 733 N. 14th St., in part of the space formerly occupied by American Apparel, just across from the Slowdown, which is also owned and operated by Kulbel and Nansel.
They wanted the Trap Room to complement the Slowdown, a place where people could go for a drink before or after a show. And they’re hoping it also draws fans looking for a craft beer, a good cocktail and maybe a bit of quiet during the College World Series. They rushed to complete the bar in time for the series, fully remodeling the space in six weeks.
“It could be a really cool getaway from the mania,” Kulbel said.
The Trap Room is open weekdays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2 a.m.
The Trackside Lounge has closed.
Owner Stan Voecks died late last month, said Ronda McCarthy, who managed the bar at 1506 S. 60th St. for a decade. The bar closed a few days after Voecks’ death.
Recently, the bar was home to a Sunday open mike night run by brothers Andrew and Joseph Janousek of the band Rock Paper Dynamite. They don’t have immediate plans to move the weekly open mike night elsewhere.
McCarthy, though, said she might be interested in opening her own little dive somewhere. The Trackside was like family, she said.
“We sure had a lot of fun.”