When you live in a city for a decade or more, you most likely have merged with that place. There is some history behind your relationship with the city. You have your favorite spots, streets and precious memories you have gathered over the years. But as with all long relationships, you might fall into a routine, which becomes rather boring.
Therefore, an unexpected sway of colour that appears in the picture is always oh-so welcome. For me, this newfound shade of love for Vilnius was discovered away from the beaten path. To be more precise in Naujoji Vilnia (a.k.a. Vileika) – an area even considered a bit infamous. This part of Vilnius was strongly influenced by industrialization and had its early glory days, but at some point was lost in translation and forgotten. However, a few brew people decided that it’s time to give another chance to one of the abandoned plants.
So a former scythe factory became home to Sakiškės brewery, their bar and alternative event place, which are now collectively called – Dūmų fabrikas (Smoke plant in lithuanian). The renewed building is superb for concerts, art exhibitions or even circus acts! If not for dedicated events, the place is well worth a visit just for the fresh beer from Sakiškės brewery, one of the best in the country. Time actually stops when sitting in the terrace . You can easily feel the now and before, when the area had a different purpose.