By Andreas Vou
Nearly every Larnaca resident has walked past it at one point or another but has probably never even batted an eyelid.
The Fort Pub remains relatively hidden away in an area that is visited only a fraction of the times of Phinikoudes even though it lies just a stone’s throw from it behind the old Larnaca Castle, hence the pub’s name.
It is extremely difficult to keep up with the fast paced nature of Larnaca’s bar scene with establishments constantly seeking to outdo their competitors resulting in name-changes, renovations and closures on a yearly basis.
One that has never bowed to these trends is ironically one of Larnaca’s oldest bars. Granted, it does not get anywhere near the number of visitors that some of the beachside cafés in town do but is in now in a better position than ever to attract new customers due to the renovations which have taken place in the area.
The long stretch of road which links the Phinikoudes to the ever-popular Mackenzie beach has slowly but surely seen a complete makeover, giving the town a fresher look and motivation for visitors, either locals or tourists, to spend more time in the old quarter.
It is also an opportunity to support the local community as the bar is owned by a modest Larnaca couple who are always on hand to provide a warm and friendly welcome.
The prices are equally modest, in many cases almost half the price of most places nearby. Coffees cost €2 on average while even a pint of beer will set you back the same amount. There is not a spectacular amount on offer but the friendly service and the peaceful setting compensate for this.
In terms of the seating arrangements, basic armchairs are scattered around small round tables in an outdoor area covered by shade for the most part of the day at arm’s length from the nearby road.
For visitors to the town or those who just want to take in a refreshment between shopping that is away from the crowded bars in town, it is certainly worth a try.
Where: Mahmet Aga, Larnaca
Contact: 24 621294