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Bar review: Apothiki 79, Larnaca

By Andreas Vou

It’s no secret that the café scene in Larnaca lacks substance as the majority tend to offer predictable menus, high prices and little originality in terms of design. A new place in town is looking to change all that with a unique approach – a café, bar and art gallery rolled into one that has all the ingredients to become your new hangout.
Situated next to St Lazarus’ church, Apothiki 79 is a revamped old warehouse (hence the name) converted into a very earthy, open establishment. The interior consists of old, wooden crates converted into benches and tables in line with its constructional theme while the outside contains traditional straw chairs and small square tables, perhaps the most appropriate area to sit during the hot summer period.
When it comes to ordering, your common coffees such as espressos, freddos and frappes are available and the wide range of cocktails are also worth a try. The cocktail list includes mojitos, gin & tonic, brandy sour and their very own ‘mastixa twist’.
While most places in town insist on setting prices of beverages at double those of most major European cities, Apothiki is adjusting to the difficult climate with ‘crisis-friendly’ prices with coffees at €2, beer at €2.50 and cocktails as little as €3. Platters are served as a snack with drinks and a full food menu will come into action after the summer.
A unique feature of Apothiki is their ‘movie night’ where a film is screened in the outside yard section every Tuesday night, just make sure you get there reasonably early so you can get a seat. Popcorn is free!
In the gallery section, photography exhibitions take place every so often where professionals can display their work to the general public during open viewing sessions. More and more shows are scheduled to be hosted at the gallery as time progresses so keep your eyes peeled for exhibitions that may suit your interests.

Apothiki 79
Where: Saint Lazarus Street 79, Larnaca
Contact: 24 400019
When: 14:00 – 01:00
Prices: coffees €2, beer €2.50, cocktails from €3

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