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Bar review: Teatro Wine Bar & Tapas

Teatro Wine Bar & Tapas is pretty much what it hopes to be; a well rounded, fun, new bar. It’s sleek, snazzy and surprisingly breezy. Roman imperial purple lighting bathes your entrance into the long and slender space, inviting you to relax and enjoy. With a glass of wine in hand, one can nonchalantly appreciate swaying to pulsing vibes while relishing company in a crisp yet familial setting.

What’s on offer here is exactly what it says on the tin; wine and tapas. And at one to two euro per tapas, it’s unarguably a very reasonably priced nibble to add to an evening of drinking wine. There are also cheese and meat platters available for sharing.
Situated in the basement of the new THOK building, one could be forgiven for expecting a dark and even damp set up; this however is not the case. With its long rectangular shape and predominantly white walls, Teatro feels spacious, fresh and light. The walls to the right on entry are decorated with faces of famous performers; it’s subtle and in keeping with the theatre upstairs, ultimately making it the perfect place for a glass of vino before or after a show.

Dark wooden high tables and chairs are thoughtfully spread out across the room at a healthy space apart from each other. It’s the kind of place I can imagine filling up with people ultimately standing around their tables, giving it a buzzing vibe. It’s not posh but it is classy; a bar you can drop into after work with friends for a couple of hours of sophisticated enjoyment.
Until recently the venue was a lounge bar, where theatre goers and others could enjoy a meal; it is now a new and chilled drinking house for both alike.

With only a handful of basic cocktail options on the menu, I spent the evening enjoying sparkly Lambrusco which flowed a little too readily. Bottles of red, white and rose Greek, Cypriot, Italian and French wines are offered from €16 to €35 and smaller individual sized bottles at €6. Champagne is also on the menu, and although it is neither extensive nor elaborate, it is more than satisfactory. There’s a little of everything, some well known varieties of whiskey, vodka, gin, rum and cognacs but the focus is obviously on wines.
A DJ stands in the corner opposite the entrance to the venue and an island bar sits in the middle of the room with a longer one at the back end. It is sparsely decorated. A large Buddha greets at the back of the space and a third of one of the walls has a large window overlooking the theatre. A simple row of green plants adds to the chilled aura of the place.

Teatro does not hold itself hostage to one style of music; on the whole they play Latin and Bossa-Nova but on Friday nights after 11pm a DJ will play Greek music until the early hours and on Saturday English tunes. The venue however is currently only open from 6pm-11pm Thursdays to Sundays with later closing times on Fridays and Saturdays.

Teatro Wine Bar & Tapas
Where: Grigoris Afxentiou 9, Nicosia
Contact: 77777181, 99 451484

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