In March 2015, I went to Soma for the first time. It had opened only a month earlier and people were already buzzing with excitement about this new spot in town. Once I entered, I could definitely see why!
Hidden in a street behind Skanderbeg’s statue, Soma is very easy to find. Although only a few meters away from our national hero’s statue, Soma does not resemble anything we might consider ‘national’ or traditional.
This renowned gastropub has a wide variety of books, albums, magazines, tote bags, unique dishes, and jazz shows every Tuesday. It also offers a co-working space for those who want to work. Soma typically brings together intellectuals, artists, students, etc. above the age of 20, but I’d say it remains more popular among people in their early and mid-30’s. Due to its proximity to ministries, you might even see men & women dressed in suits and ties (men only) especially during lunch hour – there’s a high probability they’re public officials.
Back to my 1st visit – I vividly remember feeling like I had traveled to another country, somewhere in the West I suppose. A dimly-lit, spacious spot, adorned with exposed brick walls, hanging light bulbs, weird paintings and wooden shelves, Soma is the most unique bar in town in terms of interior design. No matter how hard I try to describe the environment, it will not do justice to the place. Therefore, I will just leave it to you to explore it on your own…