Intermezzo Piano Bar
May 11, 2018
Located at the foothills of Vitosha Mountain, one of Sofia’s most exclusive areas a mere five minutes” walk from the city’s CBD, the Kempinski is a great lump of luxury hotel which commands the most beautiful of views, is graced by leafy gardens and all in all is possessed of a touch of Old-European style and class. All of which comes as something of a surprise, for the skyscraper which it calls home is something of an eyesore, but what it may lack in the looks departments in makes up for in other ways. There are five restaurants in “da” proverbial house (all of which get the thumbs up for us) but we want place the two bars under the microscope: first, the sumptuously carpeted, brown-lit, gold-hued, wood-lined and much hyphenated Piano Room where a tinkling keyman pours copious quantities of sugar over sundry swing classics and at times more serious classical fare with not a little aplomb. And second the elegant Intermezzo in the lobby, ideal for business meetings or flirtatious pre-dinner liaisons. A curved circular bar counter occupies the centre of a glassy room with stratospherically high ceilings and handsome marble floors. A strange fibre-optic sculpture hangs from the ceiling while suitably sycophantic uniformed barmen in bow ties serve strong if pricey cocktails to an eclectic clientele of power brokers, ex-pats and credit-card wielding tourists. There are oyster-shaped chairs to sit on and should the fibre optics begin to irk-perish the thought- don’t forget that lovely garden to which you beat a hasty retreat.