Nestled away in an often overlooked complex on Kazimierza Wielkiego, Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo is the latest pub in the city to join the craft beer craze.
The bar can be accessed from the same entrance on Kazimierza Wielkiego as old favourite Graciarnia, just a couple of minutes' walk from the Świdnicka underpass.
Like Wroclaw's other craft beer pubs, you can expect to find the latest brews from the likes of Ale Browar, Pinta, Widawa and more. Marynka's selection is rather less extravagant than some of their competitors, but the 6 beers on tap still provide ample choice.
Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo can pretty much be split into three parts. The first is the bar's little beer garden, which is a rather characterless space shared with the nearby Graciarnia and Drukarnia. Despite that however, on our visit places were easy to come by and the seating area made for a pleasant and cozy hangout away from the madding Saturday night crowds. The pub itself is housed inside a classic brick cavern style building, with many colourful bottles helping to both decorate the bar and create a warm vibe. Last but not least, in the back you'll find another seating area featuring starkly painted blue walls and various beer promo posters. This part of the bar does look a little bit random, but is also admittedly a style that is rather in right now. All in all though, this is a chilled out space that is capable of fostering a cool vibe.
At the core of Marynka's philosophy are numerous little tapas like snacks for anyone feeling a bit peckish. Costing a mere 5zl, these little tapas are designed to go hand in hand with the craft beer on tap. On our visit we sampled the hummus, while portions of cured meats and mature cheeses are amongst the other options available. Our hummus was simple, yet tasty and satisfying enough – especially with a nice glass of Pinta's 'Call Me Simon' to go down with it.
It would appear on the surface then that Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo are trying to bridge together the recent popularity of bistro bars with the current craft beer craze. Going by the lack of visitors on Saturday night however, it would appear they are having a bit of trouble wooing away beer snobs from Wroclaw's other craft beer hangouts. In a way it's a bit of a shame as the concept is certainly a good one – but the challenge of taking on established bars such as Kontinuacja, Pod Latarniami and Zakład Usług Piwnych is understandably going to be tough.
One of the things we have to give Marynka credit for is their playlist, which featured a mixture of contemporary Indie tracks with classic hits from the Britpop era – something that can be rarely heard in other bars in the city. It was also nice to see the staff checking out Wroclaw Uncut on the laptop – despite the fact our visit to Marynka being unplanned and unannounced.
What we have here then is a decent bar with good beer and appetizing, trendy nibbles. The place is arguably a lot quieter than it should be – but that could well change once word gets round.
Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo, Kazimierza Wielkiego 39
Tel: 781 045 544, Facebook Page