“Chapski” has finally opened its doors, although, I must confess, we went there for a private opening a couple of weeks ago. And this is how I saw that bar: the place was packed, all familiar faces, glad, smiling, raising eyebrows at the sight of you and saying “I knew that I would see you here”. There was enough space, everyone felt comfortable, pleasant hubbub blending with music, and at a nearby table someone exclaimed, grinning: “It’s impossible not to have a tonic in a bar!”. And instantly, a tonic appeared on the table. Vlad came up to me and asked what we were drinking, laughing – “So I think to myself, who is drinking vodka in my bar”. A big crowd – in a small and heartfelt place. Meaning, in a significant place.
But who cares, right? How much the drinks cost, what food is served: this is usually what people want to know when they google the place they would like to go. It’s never enough for me; I always want to understand what kind of place it is, what message it has, or something. And it’s hard to define at this point. In any case, it will take some time, at least a couple of months, before you can finally say, draw a conclusion. It’s up to the people to create the atmosphere and the place itself. So we should wait till “Chapski” grows roots, gets adjusted to the new crowd of Minsk, whether it will eventually win its love and recognition.
But I think that I will love this nice little bar, no matter what. Probably, because it is simple: no adventures and complexities of perception, no cocktail menus, no mixing glasses, no trends, no prescribed rules of behavior. It is a simple and sincere bar where nothing is superfluous.
There I am missing only one thing – boys on the other side of the counter, since I do not really enjoy heart-to-heart with girls. What if I turn silent and start writing, huh?
I really-really want this place to become a good place, with a soul. I wish it to be correctly understood and correctly filled up. In the future I wish to see a beautiful courtyard, filled with garland lights, benches, tables and a loud laughter of new and old friends. Let it all work out!
Zybitskaya Street 6 (inner yard), Minsk
Tue-Thu 17:00 — 00:00
Fri-Sat 16:00 — 02:00
CLOSED ON MONDAYS