21 Nov Five cool bars in Sofia
It seems like every time we blink, there is another bar opening up in Sofia. And while we admire the endless pursuit of finding “the new hip spot”, let us share with you the five must-see bars that were tested in time.
There is no better place to start off (or the evening for that matter) than 65 Fireflies. It shines over an amazing garden and we would describe it best as one of the city’s hidden gems. The unique interior design creates cozy atmosphere, perfect for socializing over some nice cocktails. Pro tip: slickers report over 90% success rate on a first dates that took place in this establishment.
One More Bar
One More Bar is the entry in our list that is closest to a traditional downtown bar. It’s pretty popular among young professionals and some of the local up and coming celebrities. It’s also the perfect place for pregame before you go clubbing. That’s the reason why the bar is packed most of the nights. It’s a good idea to call in advance if you plan on getting inside.
It’s an urban legend that the repressed intellectual elite of Bulgaria used to gather at Hambara (the Barn) back in the communist days. Some even say that they used to print illegal content and have wild orgies there. Nowadays most of that vibe is preserved. Even if you know the exact address, it’s really hard to find the entrance, if you’ve never been there before. It’s hidden at the end of a narrow dark alley between two buildings.
Also, there is a good chance that the front door will be locked and you will need to knock to be let in. Once you get there you will notice that the only means of light are some candles spread sporadically. The crowd is artsy and usually there are some smokers with no ashtrays to be seen around. In the wise words of the barkeeper: “Wooden floor is the best place to ash your cigarette”.
The Cocktail Bar
Mixology is the common denominator for the next two entries in our list. According to multiple insiders Sputnik and The Cocktail Bar have the best bartenders in the business. The latter is a round glass pavilion situated on paved square with one of the finest gardens in town. This with the combination of mellow lounge music, cast iron chairs and tables makes you feel like you are on the set of a French movie.
Sputnik is whole different story. When most of the local bars shoot for Western European or American vibe, this one goes the other way around and gives you the best of what the Eastern Bloc can offer. People that work there are extra friendly. The original cocktails that they created go great with the main theme of the place. Oh, we almost forgot to mention that it was on the short list of winning this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
We believe that there is no better ending of the article, than sharing a slick tip from F. Scott Fitzgerald: “It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” Well, we wouldn’t go that far, but it is certainly a good idea to enjoy drinks responsibly.