If we talk local, you should definitely eat at a real Bulgarian kruchma – the word “pub”, which it means, cannot truly deliver all the juice and aromas inherent. Oh, this temple of the soul, smelling of lyutenitsa, brew yeast and meatballs – it attends to your bodily needs while bringing you in harmony with your spiritual being!
“Sam Doydoh” is a homage to this concept with a few special twists. Based in a ramshackle house in the center’s fringe, it doesn’t even have a sign on its door, except a coal writing and a wooden board.
The owner started it as a place to gather his friends – all devotees of the almost extinct kafana, where conversations and spirits cascade from table to table. On the wall hang caricatures of the regulars: some – notorious pub heroes, others – prominent figures of the cultural scene, and third both. As the rest of the brick-a-brack interior (the ski, the book quotes, the peculiar bathroom design) they reflect the odd sense of humor that helped this scene survive through many’a hard time. Lethal to all pretense and marred by an aura of tipsiness and smoke, it’s a place for the soul like no other. The name of the “Clinic”, as they call it – “I came by myself” – is also a pledge to its spiritual services. No man shall be an island.
The regulars, which are also prominent Bulgarian jazzmen, quite often take to the stage. Be early to get a seat.
Sam Doydoh Pub | Art & culture, Music, Restaurants | Main meal BGN 7
Tsar Samuil 73
Mon – Sat 11:30 – 23:00