Gustava was obsessed with travel and spends his time on long adventures through time and space. During his adventures, he collects stories and mementos that speak to him. These treasures span time and space and find their way to create the Speakeasy Gustava in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
This is just one of the stories we were told when we walked into the haunted time traveler speakeasy. When you walk down the stairs you don’t really know what to expect. I had been told there were drinks with charcoal and coal in them, drinks that would shock me, and that I would experience something, unlike anything I had seen before.
Our waiter regaled us with stories that came from the artistic and somewhat frightening menu book. I ended up with the Sloni Princezna which translates to the Elephant Princess. My cocktail was a combination of vodka and mango goodness with an herbal cream top. I am not sure what all was in my drink but I can say it was one of the best cocktails I have had anywhere in the world.
The stories we heard made the lore of the speakeasy that much more present. You couldn’t help but dream of future travels and wonder what Gustavas saw during his time travels.
The back room was dark and creepy with a funky vibe. We only lasted a few seconds in the room because it felt haunted and uneasy to both me and a friend. The energy was not one I wanted to be near for long. The front of the bar was great and was the perfect place to watch other travelers arrive and experience Gustavas.
We were told that the owner was handed the book of stories and created cocktails to go with each of them. We were reminded that you can dream, and to step into your childhood and play like a kid.
I enjoyed a couple of Elephant Princess cocktails that came with this story!
The Elephant Princess was orphaned after the death of her family. She lived in the jungle and was covered in mud and cuts when she found a village. The village would not let her in and sent her back to the jungle. She ran away until she found elephants drinking in a river. The elephants adopted her and she lived with them for years. One day she heard screams and she took all of the elephants to help save the village which was on fire. When the village invited her to live with them in thanks she rode off on her elephant back to the jungle to live with them.
Gustavas can be found in the heart of Ostrava, Czech Republic.