By Bejay Browne
Good things, they say, come in small packages and this old adage is true in the case of Juke Box café bar in Paphos.
Although the interior of the cozy venue can hold only around 50 people comfortably, it has fast become a place to go to enjoy quality music while ‘strutting your stuff’ without fear of embarrassment.
An outdoor area to the front of the bar has enough space for around 30 more guests and the venue attracts a crowd of mostly 25 years and up.
The style here is hard to pinpoint but an evening here is lots of fun. Owned and run by the well-known faces formerly behind Nuevo bar – the smallish area is maximised by simple décor that is bright and fashionable with the accent on ‘old school.’
Jukebox has got it absolutely right, as it’s all about the music and atmosphere and friendly staff make evenings here even more special.
And there are lots of live events too, from DJ sets to live unplugged music and tribute nights. Coming up on December 7 is a Depeche Mode party where DJ Antonis will pay homage to the new wave music of the groundbreaking 80s electronic band.
The well stocked bar is found at the back of the venue and drinks are reasonably priced. A small beer will set you back €2.50 and a cocktail €5.
Situated close to the Markidio theatre, this is also a good place to drop into before or after catching a performance. It is also opposite the central bus station, where there is plenty of parking available.
Jukebox is quirky and full of character, just like its owners, and customers are friendly and often talk to each other – a phenomenon not often observed in the Cyprus party scene. Tables with ample seating are dotted around the room, as well as outside, and the DJ pit comes complete with a good sound system, the controls to some groovy lights and an all important larva lamp.
This is a place to visit where you are guaranteed to feel comfortable and accepted, whatever age, shape, size or style of dress. Dancing is encouraged as is laughing, conversation and appreciation for good quality music.
This is exactly the type of small neighbourhood bar that Paphos could do with more of.
Where: opposite the central bus station in Paphos
When: every day from 7.30pm until 2.30am
Price: small beer €2.50, spirits €4, glass of wine €4, cocktails €5
Contact: 99 685385 or visit their Facebook page