Similar to how Vigrid is close to Paradiso in both architecture and structure, it could be that the area in which Rodin's bar is located is bordering Inferno much the same way. However, once it is revealed that Rodin is in fact a fallen angel who has been stripped of his original power, this could simply be the location of his choice due to the nature of the violent crimes and less than savory people who visit his bar based on the game's description.
The name of the bar is an allusion to Auguste Rodin's sculpture, "The Gates of Hell".
Rodin & The Gates Of Hell
From Antonio's Notebook:
- There is a place beloved by wanted men and rogues, where money and power rule all. It is where I have established by office. Those who call this place by its given name are instantly identified as newcomers, as the tired hands of this rathole all call it by a single name only – The Dump.
- Bloody battles and dirty disputes over money are an everyday occurrence here, and the concept of concern for one’s fellow man was long since lost on The Dump’s denizens. What the people here are after, what they love to see, is not of this world.
- They thirst for the uproar only the occult can inspire. The appearance of a spectre, a man being devoured by a demon… these are the snacks they eat as they drink and cavort in The Dump’s numerous watering holes. It is this place that I have come on my pilgrimage in search of a grasp on reality.
- The Dump is a wretched hive for all sorts of scum and villainy;; home to everyone from black market business men, to informants, and devil hunters in between. But amongst them all, one man is particularly strange. His name is Rodin, proprietor of “The Gates of Hell” bar. His front may be that of a bartender, but rumor has it he is actually an arms dealer. Of course, if a man such as myself were to visit his establishment, there is no way all of his secrets would be laid bare; however, I can tell just by the air around him that he is a dangerous man. Unlike the standard assortment of thugs in this place, his is a sort of danger on a truly different level. According to my colleagues, if one carries enough clout here, Rodin is known to provide a gun or blade should the fee prove satisfactory.
- That is all I have been able to wring out of people here. There are also rumours that if you enter the bar from some sort of hidden entrance, he will provide you things money cannot buy… Or so sayeth the gossips in this occult obsessed town. They even go so far as to say these things are not made via normal means, but are weapons made from materials available only in Inferno.
- In The Dump there are enough rumours to rot one’s ears, and if I hadn’t seen the fresco of the Trinity of Realities, a staple of the Vigridian religions, on Rodin’s wall, I would have dismissed talk of him as nothing more than these tall tales. In any case, if I am to fully investigate this man’s secrets, I will surely be able to obtain the truth I so desperately seek.
- However, aimless sniffing around in this town is a great way to wind up dead. I’ll have to be prudent and not leave things to chance.
- In the Wii game Madworld (which was also made by Platinum Games), there is an ad for The Gates of Hell can be spotted in the first level (the subway). It should be noted that Bayonetta was still in development at the time this game was released.
- In Bayonetta, Rodin returns the favor by referencing Madworld in one of his quotes when you enter The Gates of Hell. "No matter how much you ask, I'm not strapping a chainsaw to your arm." (The protagonist of Madworld, Jack Cayman, has a mechanical arm with a chainsaw attached to it. That or a reference to Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness.)
- It is unknown if the battle against Father Rodin takes place above The Gates of Hell itself, or if the battle against Rodin, The Infinite One takes place below the bar. The scenery around the building was similar with Antonio's statements about The Dump in his notebook.
- How the Gates of Hell is located in a Northeastern United States location is likely a reference to the urban legendary place known as the Seven Gates of Hell located in York, Pennsylvania, and another named place located in Clifton, New Jersey.