By Stephanie Michael
If you are looking for an excuse to get out of the house for food or drink, get ready to discover some of the best decorated spots of the island. These are our suggestions for the cold nights of November.
The London-influenced aristocratic decoration grabs your attention as soon as you get inside. It is the reason that Skinny Fox is one of the most popular spots of the capital. In a totally romantic and cozy atmosphere, you will experience unbelievable flavours such as the beef fillet accompanied by truffle potato foam and the delicious ravioli with foie gras. If you don’t want to eat, go to the big central bar and have your pick among fine wines, cocktails and other drinks of the menu.
Menandrou 14, Nicosia
One of the most special bars of the capital. It is housed in an old mansion in one of the most picturesque locations of Nicosia. The outstanding element in its decoration, is its retro-Anatolian style, which is also dominant in the surrounding area. Its bar will welcome you to enjoy your favourite drink or cocktail.
Soutsou 9, Old Nicosia
One of the places-to-be of Nicosia’s nightlife. In Vino Cultura, good wine meets the romantic atmosphere and dim lighting meets gourmet flavours. The wine cellar stands out in the restaurant’s decoration. It is one of the biggest in the island, with hundreds of wines. Spanish influences are visible in the design and menu of this restaurant, which promises to delight your palate.
Kyriacou Matsi 20, Nicosia
Sunday-Thursday 18:00-24:00, Friday-Saturday 18:00-02:00
The Winery, is a new wine bar in Nicosia that could easily become an instant hit among wine lovers in the capital for its authentic and innovative approach. Housed in a restored building in old Nicosia, it offers a menu created by two sommeliers, owner Yiorgos Ktistis and Yiorgos Loukakis. What’s unique about The Winery, on an international level, is their in house wine production which takes place on the spot. Behind the bar, there are special barrels fermenting white, red and rose wine. These wines will be ready for consumption within 2015.
Lykourgou 7, Ledras
Mousse All Day
A new entry in the capital. This spot is ideal for hanging out anytime of the day. Here, you can start your day with a coffee, to have lunch or dinner and continue throughout the early morning hours with cocktails or wine.
Giannou Kranidioti 6, Nicosia
Monday-Thursday: 7:00-24:00, Friday 7:00-01:00, Saturday 9:00-01:00, Sunday 09:00-24:00
If you are thrilled by epic, TV series such as ‘Game of Thrones’, then Algebra is the place-to-be for you! This Limassol new entry gives you a stunning feeling of medieval time, with wood elements, stone and metal being on display. Algebra has a great wine list to choose from, while enjoying dishes from Greek ‘fusion’ cuisine in a great, romantic ambiance under the light of candles.
Agiou Neophytou & Kitiou Kyprianou, Limassol
Tuesday-Thursday: 18:00-1:00, Friday-Sunday: 18:00-2:00
Marina breeze lounge bar
How does enjoying your favourite drink or meal, while gazing at anchored yachts and the Limassol sea, sound?
Such a special experience can be found in the modern Marina breeze lounge bar, located literally on the water, on the eastern side of the Limassol marina. Here you have the chance to taste dishes that are served daily as well as options from international and fusion cuisine. Do not hesitate to try the wonderful cocktails, such as the Zombination, with rum, lemon, lime, pineapple juice, passion fruit and aromatic bitters.
Monday-Friday: 10:00-02:00, Saturday-Sunday: 09:00-02:00
Fun & Gourmet hospitality group recently opened a new restaurant that serves top quality Greek and Cypriot gourmet cuisine with a twist. Chef Demetris Chaiedemenos has created a menu with brand new concept when it comes to traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Located in the heart of Limassol, in an old manor house with a modern, classy interior, Dionysus Mansion offers itself for all occasions. Open from 12pm for lunch until midnight it serves an array of impressive dishes. Try the Mediterranean Grilled Octopus and Prawns with Mastiha liqueur, the “Orzo” risotto with mushrooms, smoked pork lountza, and “Neoklis” farm haloumi, served with yogurt and beetroot while the stuffed tomatoes (gemista) are also noteworthy. Here you’ll find large generous portions, a range of wine options all at reasonable prices. They also offer a private dining table suitable for 12 people for birthdays, events and meetings. Don’t miss their daily Lunch Break Booster which includes any comfort food, side salad and non alcoholic drink for the price of €10. Occasional live music, check their facebook page:
16th June 5, Limassol
Monday-Saturday, 12:30-00:00, Sunday 13:00-24:00
A newcomer located right in the centre of Larnaca, the Belfry is here to steal the spotlight with extraordinary, signature cocktails, vibrant atmosphere and magnificent view of Saint Lazarus Church. The modern, industrial design is combined with a breath-taking view, especially at night, when the church of Saint Lazarus is lively decorated by lights. At Belfry, you will enjoy amazing signature cocktails and good music, while sitting outside and observing the life on the street.
Cocktails such as the Βeauty and the Βeast (with tequila, aperol, red grapefruit and beer foam), or Batman Vs Joker (with vodka, cherry, mint lime and Prosecco) will definitely leave you satisfied!
Pavlou Valsamaki & Mehmet Ali 5
Monday – Sunday: 10.00 – 1.00
The Blue Pine Bar & Restaurant
Located in an elegant old building, in a corner of the old part of Larnaca. One of the most famous bars-restaurants of the city, which managed to preserve its quality and become one of the most timeless places. For the cold winter nights, the large fireplace dares you to not sit near, enjoying your food or drink. It is an ideal destination for romantic nights out.
Louki Pieridi 3, Larnaca
Sunday-Thursday: 12:00-2:00, Friday-Saturday: 12:00-3:00
Noir Tapas and Bar
A stylish, modernly-decorated restaurant with a heavy dose of Spanish culture, located in the heart of Paphos. It offers a wide range of cocktails that you can combine with its tapas. Either with a companion or with your partner, Noir Tapas and Bar is a good choice for every occasion.
Makariou Avenue 4, Paphos
Piedra cafe-lounge bar
In Spanish “piedra” means “stone”, which is also the main material used in the renovation of this bar. Its menu hides pleasant surprises, while locals visit it for his cocktails, such as Baby Love and Zombie 2018, which are the must-have choices.
Agoras Street, Paphos