While all eyes in Nicosia are on the hubbub of the city centre, the suburb of Strovolos is increasingly burgeoning with cafés, restaurants and even more excitingly, fun new bars.
Cellar 27 Wine and Cocktail bar (which opened early 2017) sits on Athinon street and it’s a smashing little find – aesthetically delightful with an array of premium cocktails and wines. The purpose of the venue was to offer people a stylish bar where customers could enjoy quality drinks, relaxation, food, fun and live events in a chilled environment. And they succeeded.
It offers live musical entertainment three times a week, 75 different wines (chosen by two popular sommeliers) and over 30 cocktails including well-loved classics and creative signatures. Wines are from Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Chile, Argentina and Spain and their signature cocktail Lips on Fire is one of three most satisfyingly memorable drinking experiences I have had. Cellar 27 is also the kind of bar where the staff are happy to warn you that your choice of drink is going to be hot, and then challenge earnestly whether you are sure you can handle that. I like that.
Although one of their most popular signatures Popcorn Bronze sounded delicious and came in four parts (a liquid medley including Angostura bitter, rum, popcorn syrup, hazelnut milk, lime and orange bitters, served with a shot of Chambord Liqueur, popcorn and hazelnuts), I was drawn to the Lips on Fire. Not one to shy away from a challenge, and a lover of all things spice, there was little choice. It’s one of the tastiest, best designed, professionally executed cocktails I have enjoyed. Like all good drinks should be, it’s layered with flavours and scents. First the aroma hits, a fresh and crisp inviting smell of cucumber and spice, then the taste; a richness of sweet and chili, filling the mouth with bursting sensations and yet not overwhelming it. A beautiful warm afterflow follows down the throat and yes, lips are left pleasantly tingling. It’s a wonderful cocktail experience and strongly recommended. Made with Hendricks gin, cucumber syrup, raspberry liqueur and purée, strawberry and fresh red chili, the cocktail could be described as an exciting, fiery, full-bodied drink, mellowed by the raspberry sweetness.
Cellar 27 holds approximately 110 people inside and out and is especially suited to groups and couples. Reservations are recommended, especially on live event nights which take place on Wednesdays (jazz nights from September 20), Fridays (live saxophone) and some Saturdays (duets with piano and vocals and piano, violin and vocals.)
It’s both modish and cosy; decorated with wood, black paint and long mirrors stretching elegantly deep into both parts of the rooms, making the smallish space feel comfortably roomy and open. There are two outdoor areas, one in front near the main road and a smaller more private area to its right. The front space moonlights as an outdoor space in summer and indoors in winter. It’s slightly elevated with wooden floors and ceilings, glass windows and retractable roof.
Despite the usual challenges road side bars face with parking, Cellar 27 has a parking lot for its customers, just off the little street opposite it.
Where: Athinon 27, Strovolos, Nicosia
When: Monday-Sunday 6pm-1am
Prices: Wines €18-175, Cocktails €7-13, Beers & Ciders €4-7
Contact: www.facebook.com/Cellar27Cy, Tel: 70009054