By Andreas Vou
September might mean that summer is officially over, on paper, but in Cyprus that is not necessarily the case. The weather remains good enough for at least another month of beach bars as opposed to sheltered establishments that can be enjoyed when the weather gets slightly milder, and one such place is Koo Bar N’ Food.
Beach bars used to be something of a rarity in Larnaca up until a few years ago but, as usual, when one good idea works, the rest follow. On what has now become the ‘in’ strip, Mackenzie Beach is home to a whole host of similar looking beach bars but each have their own distinct features which separate the good from the average.
Inside the building, there is a very open arrangement with high walls with open colours to match its surroundings. While better known as a bar, it also serves as a restaurant, as its name suggests, and has several rows of tables to accommodate the diners. Outside, attendees can relax on one of its many seating options overlooking the sand and sea, though not the most comfortable in the world. There is an abundant menu to choose from and typically seafood is the pick of the lot with its sushi range rivaling any on the island.
In the drinks department, there is no shortage of options either – its cocktail list has everything from a simple Cosmo to a more elaborate Mai Tai but there is no let up in quality. Of course, beer from both home and abroad is available both bottled and on tap. If you are more of a morning person and simply prefer to have a coffee while reading your book with a sea view, this could become your ideal spot.
Service is usually of a high standard with attentive and kind staff though it can become frustrating on busy nights where it could take an age to be served.
Due to its open nature and good quality in all departments, it does not have a predominant age range of customers though most of the weekend attendees and outdoor areas tend to be a younger crowd.
Where: Mackenzie Beach, Larnaca
Contact: 24 626212