A whole new super bar called the Queens Pub has been built on the car parking lot just above the Ice Rink.
Above this bar is an amazing Winter supermarket – well stocked, better than Valon by a long way and well priced. The Queens Bar has beer at about 2.99 per pint, Guinness at 4.59, they also do good value food which is also pretty damn good for Bansko. The place has live music every night and is busy most of the time. Its pricing policy has shaken up the local market, keeping other bars on their toes with prices and quality – good news and about time. Next to this is a brand new 2 storey Mexana called the Stone Flower. We did not try it but reports from our friends say it is pretty good too.
Some nice new shops also opened next to the Stone Flower and Queens Pub, shoes, jewellery, clothes etc. The development has been put up since August 2011 by the same people that own much of the golf course developments.
A new curry house has been opened under the Lion Hotel – called Mr Singhs Curryoake! Reports so far say OK, but again not tried it, but will do next time. It will take something good to beat the Avalon hotel for curry though!
A new bar called Euphoria has also opened just opposite the steps down from the Gondola car park. It is very trendy and stylish place and busy every night. The big draw is that it sells Chinese style food besides regular Bulgarian stuff. Advice – stick to the main courses and avoid the crispy duck and pancakes! Pretty reasonable and something different.
The season is looking pretty good at the moment, reasonable snow base and more predicted – I had 30 cm of fresh powder on 30th – nice!