The Oriental carpet on the old parquet floor looks like something you would find in a person's living room. The room, however, is just a secret bar in downtown Bratislava where tourists who are willing to spend meet with locals who can earn the price of a cocktail- seven euros - in just minutes. Money is certainly not a problem for the people here.
Katarína Němcová, a Slovak woman, enters the bar through a wooden cabinet and looks around. All tables are full, there is just a man in his forties sitting alone at the bar. White shirt, two top buttons undone – his day must have been hard. Katarína leans over to ask the barman whether there are any free seats, and meanwhile, she studies the hand of the gentleman at the bar. No wedding ring. She starts a conversation.
“Good evening, sir,” she begins. “Sorry for my boldness but I cannot help asking you: how come such a nice and charismatic gentleman is sitting alone here at the bar this evening?” Katarína smiles humbly at him.
“Is that your business?” he is taken by surprise.
“Sorry, I haven’t introduced myself yet,” she looks right into his eyes and remembers the words of her former boss who claimed that if a potential client says "no", it does not necessarily mean no. She continues.
“My name is Katarína Němcová, and I can find you the woman you are looking for and need,” she comes right to the point, and gives him her business card. “If you had a wedding ring, I wouldn’t dare talk to you. We don’t do these kind of things. Are you in a relationship?”
“Do I look single?” he asks while she muses: another typical male ego game.
“Well... you surely look like someone who will not stay single for long,” she avoids answering, sits at his side and continues talking.
Admission fee of €1,200
12. Feb 2018 at 11:29 | By Mário Šmýkal