Sugar Day and Night is fashionable, cool and smack bang in the pulsing heart of Nicosia’s popular Ledra street. It’s very much a city bar with its centrality making it a great location for after work / shopping drinks, bar hopping, weekend late night fun and prime time people watching in the beautiful old surroundings of the historic capital.
Strolling down Ledra, it would be hard to miss the very recently opened bar with its large open door (taking up most of the front wall) and colourful hookahs decorating the pavement tables. Its long, rectangular indoor space invites a peak in with a stretch of tall tables and charmingly designed high stools running on the right hand side of the room and a long thin bar directly opposite. There is adequate space between the tables and bar for standing and dancing, after all the venue turns onto a club in the late weekend hours.
The bar itself has blue under lighting with a line of high chairs hugging it’s perimeter. The ceiling has an industrial feel but the popular copper lighting with the wooden panelled walls give what is otherwise a modern space a cosy feel. The tops of the high tables are made with flattened wine crates, which are very appealing. However, my favourite part of the design is the original checkered floor, which is scuffed enough to give it a delightful vintage feel contrasting perfectly with the rest of the modern space.
Sugar is open all day and night seven days a week, so one can pop in for a drink at any time, but it gets particularly busy at the weekends, making it impossible to enter without a reservation. In the evenings, the music is loud and the venue seems especially suited to groups rather than solo drinkers or romantic couples.
On the alcohol front, although the bar has adequate varieties of wines and beers, it is in effect a cocktail bar. Sugar offers 14 classical and signature cocktails with the most popular being Bubbles. You guessed it, a pink drink with whipped cream towering on top that tastes like bubble gum. Despite the temptation of tasting this, I was in a floral state of mind so ordered the Wild Rose (Blue Beetle gin, almond syrup, rose syrup, lime and maraschino liqueur.) It was served with a torched Marshmallow and jelly sweets. The drink was nice but a little sweet. I could taste the aromatic rose as the liquid went down with the almond flavour slowly emerging over several sips.
Sugar enjoys events every night of the week: Monday, Wednesday and Sunday are live nights with covers of old Greek songs. Thursday has a DJ playing mixed English and Greek tunes which eventually turns into a club and Friday and Saturday are full on Greek club nights. The rest of the time they play English lounge music. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for new events.
The venue seats 140 in total with up to 50 seated outside. Although there is no food, Sugar offers a choice of three different platters for the peckish; fruit, cheese and sushi.
Where: Ledra Street 199, Nicosia
When: Monday – Sunday 10am- 2am, Fridays and Saturdays open until 3am
Price: Wines €18 – 35, Cocktails €8, Beers €3-6
Contact: www.facebook.com/Sugar-Day-Night-Cafe-Bar, Tel: 99 065508