By Andreas Vou
Tucked away in a back street just opposite Phinikoudes lies one of Larnaca’s hidden gems. Locals and tourists tend to flood to the town’s most famous strip for an evening drink, or to Laiki Yitonia, which has become a breeding ground for a number of small bars, but one which is just a few minutes walk from the Phinikoudes strip is one of the best bars in town.
Art Café 1900 is a quaint little establishment with an extremely warm atmosphere – its walls are decorated with old black and white photographs and paintings. Everything about it, as the name suggests, is artistic. There is even an old fireplace which you can sit around when the colder months really kick in. There is usually soft jazz playing in the background, which adds to its cozy vibe, and even the bathrooms are artistically decorated.
The downstairs of what used to be an old house is the bar area – the establishment prides itself on its variety and boasts one of the widest selections of beers and whiskeys on the island. In the beer department, there are believed to be 93 different types from around the world, from Newcastle Ale to Belgian Biere du Boucanier. For whiskey lovers, there are around 140 to choose from.
Upstairs is the restaurant area – there is a great selection of local and European dishes as well as a number of vegetarian options too. Portions are healthy and the owner is always keen to suggest what to have. Many of its customers prefer to combine their drink with one of the bar’s famous platters – you can order a selection of cheeses as well as its latest offering, the sausage platter.
There is a very homely feel to the bar and one that does not have the same commercial vibe as so many of the other bars in town. Its efforts were acknowledged by TripAdvisor just a couple of months ago and it was given a Traveler’s Choice Award by the well-known travel website.
Art Café 1900
Where: 6 Stasinou Street, Larnaca
Contact: 24 653027
When: 6pm–2am every day of the week apart from Tuesday