Charlie gets the big screen treatment… Every cocktail afficionado will already be aware of the enigmatic Charlie on Mokotowska, and in all likelihood they’ll know it as much for its sense of 1920s glam as they will its carefully crafted cocktails – a sensual delight, it’s enshrined in Warsaw legend.
But as we all know, legends grow, and in Charlie’s case that growth has been physical. Opening a second joint in February, Charlie’s little sister finds itself slotted inside the Palace of Culture. Set right next to the Kinoteka cinema (or, actually, to the left of it), the location feels more than incidental.
Espousing an air of cinematic cool, the new bar sets itself up for silver screen comparisons – with its high ceilings, bow-tied bartenders and heavy sense of drama, some will draw parallels to The Gold Room in the Overlook Hotel. Others, meanwhile, will immediately think of Gatsby. In truth, either works.
Breathtaking in its style, the gorgeous visuals – velvety fabrics, discreet lighting, heavy bits of brass and no shortage of big, leafy plants – are matched by a succinct drinks list that involves a handful of cocktails with names like Castaway and The Big Lebowski.
Not just highly drinkable, they’re also affordable with prices beginning below 30 and peaking at 34. Superbly atmospheric, it’s a venue that suits the location to a tee.
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