No warm beer
At the turn of the 20th century, one of the finest residences on Gothenburg’s main drag was a five-storey townhouse occupied by a nobleman and his family. Ten years into the 21st century, it was turned into a club, Yaki-Da. Today, it’s the home of the city’s best night out. Yaki-Da still has links to its glorious past: DJs play in spaces stuffed with antique furniture; bands perform in front of velvet curtains. “There used to be two types of parties in Gothenburg: ones with underground music and warm beer, and the others with good service and mainstream music,” says Sebastian Kapocs, Yaki-Da’s owner.
“We want to bring the best of both worlds together.” That means live music outside on the terrace as well as in, and cutting-edge house DJs, such Spanish spinner John Talabot, performing in the ‘living room’ while hip-hop and soul play in the café bar. And you can get a steak at 2am. It’s all in keeping with the club’s name: also the name of a former Gothenburg club, and the Welsh for cheers. Iechyd da!
GREEN FAIRY TALES
From Yaki-da’s absinthe bar: combine ingredients; enjoy
The Strindberg Margarita
30ml absinthe (preferably La Fée)
20ml sugar syrup squirt of lime juice splash of soda water
The Dario Espiga
15ml apple liqueur
20ml sugar syrup squirt of lime juice splash of apple juice pinch of finely grated ginger
Music-making girls of Gothenburg