I dunno, certainty ZDB has been here for a long time... however I've known people who work there and say that doesn't really live up to its remit and the "association" thing is basically a dodge. I get the feeling that this is often the case... though if the result is that bars of a kind that couldn't otherwise survive I guess it's fine by me.that all sounds alot like diy spots over here- the reclaimed building, the multipurpose rooms, the 'association' aspect- but they dont last very long. this is more common over there?
But yeah Cosmos is just another bar very much of a type. A superior one for sure with risk-taking programming and run with luck. But far from unique.