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Bar review: Old Souls Drinking Bar, Nicosia

Is this yet another bar on the corner of a busy road? Yes, but this one has something special; a little thing called character. The Old Souls Drinking Bar, open since June 2017, first caught my eye while driving past during daylight. More specifically it was the huge stained glass entrance that’s both impressive and yet subtle. By night however, the front of the bar really comes into its own, not least because of all the people on the pavement but thanks to the copper glow emanating from behind the gorgeous stained glass.

Old Souls is predominantly a cocktail place. It has a small selection of wines and offers fancy individual bottles of Bianconero in white, red, sparkly and non sparkly varieties. Their heart and soul however is in the 20 something selection of cocktails on offer. Their Cherry Canary Gin is great. The slight sourness of the Blue Beetle Gin, lemon juice and Cherry Heering came to life when mixed with sugar syrup. It’s a professional drink that delivers the experience that it’s supposed to. Their most popular signature cocktail is the Captain’s Breeze, with premium vodka, mastiha and flavours of pink grapefruit and peach. They have a small selection of food platters.

The actual bar, which is lined with pretty, small mosaic tiles, is at the back of the space taking up a good sized right angle with nine comfy looking bar stools. It’s an attractive bar with international influences and one that invites you to go and sit. Overall, the design of the venue inside and out is interesting. There’s a gorgeous piece of art graffiti on one of the inside side walls and cacti living on the other corner. Adequately spaced high-tables with slightly lower petroleum cans as other tables follow the shape of the bar around the room.

Old Souls offers a different live DJ six nights a week, the DJs change every week to keep it fresh and to offer different styles of music nightly. Check out their Facebook page for DJ news.

Old Souls is on the busy street corner of Stasandrou and the bar is also shaped in a 90 degree corner which is interesting because from the inside, you can see people where ever you choose to perch. There are 130 seats inside and out and high tables and chairs run all the way around the corner outside the front. Expect crowds, especially during weekends, they don’t take reservations.

Old Souls
Where: Stasandrou 7, Nicosia
When: Summer opening hours Mon-Sat. Weekdays 5 pm-1am. Friday 5pm-2am, Saturday 7pm-2am
Prices: Bottled wines €18-27, Glass / individual bottle of Wine €4.50 – 6.50, Cocktails €7.50-10

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