As more affluence comes to our cultural city, it's inevitable that newer, sleeker and trendier looking pubs and restaurants will follow. If you spend some time inside KRVN, an arty looking restaurant/bar hybrid that opened earlier this year, the changes are there for all too see.
When we took our first steps inside KRVN (or Karvan, as it is also known) on a sweltering summer mid-week night, the vibe reminded us a little more of Warsaw than Wrocław. The place was lively and happening, with young professionals splashing their earnings on flashy cocktails and alluring dishes, all of which were served in a colourful, contemporary fashion. Of course Wrocław is a lively and happening place too, and Uncut do all we can to show this – but there is something distinctly capital like about KRVN's aura.
Back in the day, bars with artistic decor aimed at the alternative crowd in Wroclaw were traditionally downmarket, with low prices, high doses of quirkiness and an abundance of students. KRVN appears to be one of just many new venues in the city keen to attract people of that generation, who have now 'grown-up' a little, have decent jobs and are seeking something different yet sophisticated. The result is a thriving bar full of talkative folks from the late 20's-30's age group, and an ideal spot for a midweek drink.
Beer at KRVN comes in the shape of Czech lager Litovel, and you can grab a large one for 8zl. This is by no mean the cheapest in the city, but in these days of steady inflation, 8zl is becoming the standard in many pubs.
As far as the food goes, the prices did seem a little over the odds. Nevertheless, our meal was swiftfully prepared, nicely presented, and most importantly – past the taste test. The dish of choice on our visit was the lemon and herb flavoured chicken szaszłyk, which made for excellent bar food.
Food didn't seem to be the main things on the mind of clientele when we were around however, hinting that KRVN has established itself as more of a place for a drink than a meal. The sturdy wooden tables and chairs outside KRVN are much prettier than the standard offerings from the commercial breweries, while the artistic murals and industrial decor provide a much needed element of originality.
After taking some time to find itself, KRVN has become a settled home for a trendy, lively crowd who are after something that little bit different. If you're looking for a unique venue with a chilled back vibe and a vibrant food and drink selection, then this is definitely it!
KRVN: ul. Sw. Antoniego 40/1
Tel: 575 791 757, krvn.pl