By Bejay Browne
As the weather hots up, most of us like to relax in the open air with a glass of something chilled at hand in the evenings. Sadly, some of the venues which are usual summer favourites in Paphos have closed down but one local bar, Otto Dieci, is still going strong.
Otto Dieci is an indoor/outdoor bar situated in the heart of Paphos old town.
Full of character, the building is found down an alleyway in Ktima (Paphos old town) and two indoor and one outdoor bars are kept busy all night. The crowd is mostly locals, although in the summer, visitors from other towns know this is the place to go.
Live DJs and other musical acts and special events are regularly held here and Otto Dieci has now firmly established itself as one of the best venues in Paphos.
In a former life, the building used to be a taverna, but it has since had a contemporary make over, although the design incorporates many of the original features.
Inside a long glass topped bar dominates one of the original stone walls and hard wood floors and traditional windows add to the character of the place. Outside a long bar and tables and chairs give a real Mediterranean feel
Otto Dieci is often used as a prelude for a night out on the town although many customers end up staying for the entire night.
If you want to get a seat – especially outside – booking is essential. Customers are greeted by friendly professional staff who are helpful and lots of fun. Bar staff are great too and cocktails are mixed to perfection.
The sound of chatter can be heard above the music which is generally a mixture of Greek and international, depending on the night. An evening here isn’t cheap though and although the cost of drinks have been reduced this year, they remain a bit on the pricey side.
A glass of wine will set you back €5, a beer is €5 and a cocktail €8.
Having said that, try one of their mojitos – they are delicious and well worth the money.
Dress is best described as smart casual, but jeans and shorts are not frowned upon. Hemlines are short, heels are high, hair is big and the men are mostly stylish and fragrant.
A car park is situated a short walk away, which is always handy and although toilets are upstairs they are clean and modern.
People can be fickle – and one year a bar is in and packed to the rafters – next year it can be so empty tumbleweeds spring to mind – but Otto Dieci has managed to keep the nightlife set interested and that’s no mean feat.
Where: Paphos old town
When: every evening during the summer period 10pm – 3am
Price: Beer €5, wine €5, cocktails €8
Contact: check out their Facebook page for further information