When the Swanky Mint Hostel opened their bar and terrace alongside their accommodation, I stopped by to check it out and to this day, I remember remarking how the place would be overrun by locals in no time. We have a tendency to sniff out the best places to hang out, no matter how secluded, and judging by the number of times we’ve returned to Swanky, it turned out I was right. Every time I drop by, I find a friendly crowd of locals mixed with hostel guests, having a drink (or seven) and enjoying what has come to be one of my favourite places in town.
Even though it’s located in the city centre, Swanky is tucked away in an inner courtyard on Ilica street. If someone dropped you at the spot, you’d never guess you’re just a few steps away from the crowd and traffic. The inside bar is colourful and vivid, and its design can best be described as industrial chill – perfect for colder days. The upper terrace, a relaxing space called Swanky Monkey Garden, is an oasis with an actual pool that’s available in the summer months, and strategically placed heaters during the winter!
They have a great schedule throughout the year, so I recommend you check out their Facebook page for events such as concerts and movie screenings. After that, there’s only one thing to do – go visit the Garden and make some good memories!