The extensive cocktail menu is also presented in English.
photo: Ján Svrček
Where: Zelená 10,
Open: 10:00 to 01.30am, Mon to Sat, Sun 10:00
Rating: 7 out of 10
BRATISLAVA serves a tasty pint. Often under poured, but never in a mean spirited sort of way, a half litre of Slovak soup can be counted on in times of need. Similarly, one need not worry about rolling the dice when searching for the belly fire induced by Slovak liquor. But a cocktail in Bratislava is a maiden of an altogether different nature. She is a fickle beast, a moody creature, often dishevelled and inappropriately dressed for the sultry surroundings the cocktail crowd requires. As a consequence, it was with great interest that I entered the Greenwich Time Café and Cocktail Bar. Still mesmerised by the correct spelling of the word cocktail on the front door I sat alongside the after-work suits giddy with anticipation.
The interior is tastefully decorated. Dim lighting, pleasant shades, candles and spacious seating create a comfortable atmosphere. Accommodating the suits without alienating everyone else, and effort has clearly been made to foster a warm, inviting environment. The music, quite sadly, is rather generic. Instrumental versions of such timeless classics as Careless Whisper by George Michael may quench your thirst much quicker than any cocktail could. The service is up to par and the menu, strictly cocktails and caffeine, is extensive.
The café sits down a side-street just off the Main Square.
photo: Ján Svrček
As you can imagine I was frazzled and felt reckless. Throwing all caution to the wind I decided on a şcomfortable screw against the wall with a kissş (109Sk). A smooth, surprisingly fruity mix that includes gin, southern comfort and vodka topped with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry. An uncommonly sizey affair in the world of cocktails that seemed to lack a little bite considering the contents but proved an altogether pleasant experience.
Finally, the cappuccino was absolutely stellar. It was creamy, frothy, strong without overpowering and had just the right pinch of cinnamon. No complaints whatsoever outside of the somewhat gaudy price of 45Sk. But when sipping a delicate, successful cappuccino while chatting in luxurious confines in the heart of the old town one tends not to complain. For those with spare cash to indulge, Greenwich may prove to be just the right retreat.
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