Swim presents a stylish blend of food and music

The club and restaurant is located in a hidden modern architectural gem

A new gastro – cultural “club meets kitchen” concept called Swim has opened in the immediate vicinity of Wenceslas Square.

Swim, located at Štěpánská 36, combines a restaurant with a trendy seasonal menu of new Czech cuisine with an emphasis on local ingredients, a cocktail bar and a dance club into one space.

The synergy of each component provides guests with all the comforts needed for a perfect day or night out experience.

“The concept of 'club meets kitchen' is quite exceptional in the Czech environment. We didn't only look for inspiration in Berlin and London, but also in ourselves and in Prague itself — especially in what it is lacking according to us,” Jakub Sedlák and Vojtěch Růžek, two of the three Swim owners, said.

“It was hard to find the right place. It took us almost five years,” they added.

The advantageous position of Swim is underlined by its location in one of Prague's below-the-radar architectural spots. Stephen's Passage, formerly known as the Mercury Passage, is part of a house built in the functionalist style. Its author is the important British architect of Slovak origin, Evžen Rosenberg, famous for redesigning the Gatwick Airport. The building and its history became the starting point for the renovation design of a former Persian rugs shop.

“We were inspired by the functionalism and authenticity of the building's ground floor, which, thanks to its glazed walls, blends in a unique way with the whole passage space,” explained architects Lenka Mrzílková and Barbara Zedková from the Miaow studio, which along with the Sokoban studio was responsible for the reconstruction.

The lower part of the space is dominated by a uniquely designed underground bar with a dance floor that evokes a drained pool. This, along with other significant elements such as the glassed-in storefront reminiscent of an aquarium, was the inspiration for the name Swim.

Revitalizing the passage and clearing inappropriate advertisements from the facade, marble floors and the vitrines is one of the long-term goals of the venue owners.

Adjacent spaces are already being used for artistic purposes within the Ferdinand Baumann Gallery.

In addition to day-to-day operations and music events in the venue itself, plans are also taking place in the area of the passage, during which there will always be strong emphasis on the connection between high gastronomy and club atmosphere.

Swim also invites visitors to stop by after work for a well-arranged selection of drinks and above all the Supper Project, a unique dinner event for a limited number of visitors located directly on the dance floor of the club. The guarantee for an excellent service is the unique team, consisting of the kitchen ensemble headed by chef Petr Bárta, but also experienced bartenders and music programming crew. “The opening of Swim is another step that follows on from our previous activities, such as the former Tiskárna club at Opatovická Street,” Matěj Halaš and Jakub Sedlák said.

“Swim is our first project where we do not have to compromise. This makes this concept progressive and authentic,“ they added.

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