At the shutdown of my favorite Vlaykova luckily I was compensated with another dive bar – right in my neighborhood. It’s been long known for its oddities (check out the Disintegrating Sofia Article), but I didn’t believe something so classily decadent could come about.
The Sterling is a genuine antiques-bar – everything in it has come from the trash, the nearby houses or the Sveta Paraskeva antiques store – but unlike other such attempts, the millions of stuff has been carefully restored and arranged by an artist – floor to the 3m high ceiling – in a mind blowing cosmos that you can spend hours inspecting. It feels like the study of an old intellectual who loves the bottle - the “leather” sofas seem to have inhaled so much smoke that they radiate onto the books, hats, collections of cigarette boxes, paintings and decoupaged old newspapers. There seems to be an order to this arbitrary multitude that you can’t quite figure out.
According to the decorator, who hangs out there quite often, the many clocks always show 5 past 12 as an homage to Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”. And other times he claims the inspiration is different – he is as much part of the magic as everything around. There’s a general preference for punk and wave and sometimes there’s live music – the true inhabitants of the place play the piano or the guitar. But the best part is that it’s virtually unknown – a true neighborhood joint.
Sterling Club | Bars | Beer BGN 2.5
103, Ekzarh Josif Str.
12:00 – 23:00 daily