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Over the past few years we have witnessed a rapid uprise of Plovdiv’s cultural life and the clubs have been on top of that tide. Considered to be alternative at first, they have now become the norm as more and more people get mesmerized by their charm and comfort. These are just a few that are a must if you want to see how the Plovdiv people take the pressure off.
The newest addition to one of Plovdiv’s most landmark neighbourhoods – the Trap, this bar quickly gained momentum as it harnessed people’s love for wine, cosiness and art. It’s a bar in the night and a comfortable café during the day. And to add to its awesomeness, Basquiat hosts comedy plays, lectures and small gigs, which is a combination not seen before in a Plovdiv bar.
This club started out as a very unpretentious place for people to have a drink after work but it rapidly became one of the most memorable places in the Trap. The premises are now home to a restaurant in the back, a modern bar in the front and a gig place downstairs. Each month the club gives the floor to known and unknown foreign and Bulgarian artists and attracts people of all ages. The music varies from day to day and ranges from electronic to rock.
This is not a club, this is history and tradition. A lot of Plovdivchani (people from Plovdiv) have grown up with it and continue to visit it to this day. It’s been in existence for over twenty years and while everything around it has changed, it’s remained the same. You can still see various inscriptions on the tables and the bathroom is a real literary masterpiece. The music best suits the rock lovers but over a few drinks who cares anymore. Nylon is usually the last stop in people’s pub crawl. You’ll see why, when you do it.
Jazz music has not been given due credit for what it’s worth. This is why a new jazz club opened in 2013 and quickly balanced it out. Plovdiv’s music scene has been enriched by trumpets, guitar trios, fusion electric and many more. This new wave of artists has reshaped people’s taste in music for the better. If you just want to have a glass of wine or beer instead, Bee Bob offers a relaxing environment.
Part II continues here.