As it turns out, one should not always judge a bar by its average looking Facebook profile. It was not till I arrived at Wine and More in person that I realised it is way more than the sum of its social media parts. Even the entrance and elevated outdoor area were more inviting than the photographs led me to believe and the roaring fire and detailed stone work interior welcomed with classic tones, renewing my thirsty appetite for the evening.
It’s a discreet place and although I had passed it countless times, I’d never noticed it until I was drawn there at the recommendation of a trusty wine enthusiast friend.
Wine and More specialises in over 130 different labels of wines and Champagnes from over 16 different countries from around the world. They take pride in the variety of wines and therefore change the wine by the glass menu every couple of months to allow customers to explore. There’s a cute air controlled wooden and glass Cava on site, encouraging customers (with assistance from staff) to pop in and choose their preferred vino.
The rectangular drinking room sits around 35 inside with 10 at the bar; it’s very much a sit down type of venue so be sure to book, especially during weekends and special events. The whole atmosphere exudes easy class and comfort with gorgeous delicate stone walls, unique wooden furniture and a perfectly centred open fire creating an elegant and cosy little safe haven. I particularly enjoyed the well-blended use of wooden barrels throughout. There are two types of mini wooden barrel lampshades hanging above, and the tables are made of huge halved wine barrels scattered with wood shavings and wine bottles protected by a glass sheet on top; like the bar, you have to see it firsthand to appreciate it. The sheltered outdoor area is similarly sized.
As it self declares, Wine and More is more than a wine bar, offering 12 classic and signature cocktails, a few beer options, food platters and a full a la carte dinner menu. However, the pull of the homemade Sangria was strong and I was rewarded with a delicious drink rich with fruits and creamy with chocolate bitters, a real treat as was the recommended full bodied red Efhes Red 2014, Pieria Eratini – Xinomavro, Cabernet, Syrah from Greece which went down a little too readily. The choice of wine was a thoughtful and accurate recommendation for my preferred palate by the trained staff.
If you’re after a quiet and intimate experience, then Monday and Wednesday are perfectly chilled, the former with 20% off the final bill on food and drinks.
Tuesdays are steak nights and Thursdays have live piano music. The music is always lounge jazz except for the weekends when it becomes more mainstream and wine tastings and other special events are organised throughout the year, so refer to their Facebook page for upcoming details.
Wine and More
Where: 1 Romanou, Nicosia
When: Monday-Saturday 5.30pm-1am
Price: Bottled wines €18-165, glass €4.5
Contact: www.facebook.com/wineandmoreCy, Tel: 22 731112