42 varieties of Tequila, a spacious Mexican-inspired garden and a cool breeze brushing the summer heat away is exactly what you’ll meet at Nicosia’s first and only Tequila Bar; the aptly named Sinners Tequila Bar.
Sinners, which came recommended by professionals in the bar industry, offers Nicosia something refreshingly new. It’s colourful but not garish, it has an impressive range of tequilas and its eucalyptus and bougainvillea covered outdoor space is the mecca of summer friendly outdoor drinking spaces. It’s a great hangout for groups of friends or couples wanting to enjoy a chilled and breezy upbeat atmosphere.
Opened in March 2018, other than offering a buffet of tequila and mezcal to choose from, Sinners has 11 signature cocktails (many using tequila as a base), a variety of spirits, eight different beers and one type of white, red and rosé wine. The owner (who has years of experience working in UK tequila bars) wished to give people an opportunity to explore the intricacies and complexities of this greatly underappreciated drink. Shots of tequila and its distinctively smokey predecessor mezcal vary from familiar brands to some highly impressive specialties, including one of the most unique spirits I have ever tasted! I am referring to Del Maguey’s Pechuga Mezcal, a one of a kind experience and worth every cent. The journey begins with layers upon layers of distinguishable savoury and smoked aromas, then, when the smooth liquid inevitably hits the tastebuds, an explosion of wonderful confusion occurs, with a multi-sensory flavour different to the aroma. It’s a treat to the palate and nose, which could partially be due to its distillation process (let’s just say raw chicken was used!).
The staff know their tequila and are happy to work with you to establish your taste requirements for the evening: peppery, smooth, aged? Another interesting twist to the tequila experience, is that they serve up the liquor apparently in an authentic Mexican style, that is, no lemon or salt in sight. Instead, it’s served as a shot and followed up by a non-alcoholic Verdita (mild and fruity) or Sangrita (spicy) chaser. Their favourite cocktail is the Paloma, made with Occho tequila, agave syrup, lime juice and grapefruit soda.
Sinners has guest DJs twice a week and on occasion do special events, which last time included a Piñata! See their Facebook page for updates.
The venue is a very spacious basement bar with a huge outdoor secluded yard canopied with old trees and hanging plants among the multi-coloured lanterns. It’s situated in the old town near Famagusta gate but you will have to look carefully for the small red neon Sinners sign and the side entrance which leads directly into the garden.
Happy hour every day from 6-8pm offers all cocktails for €6.
Sinners Tequila Bar
Where: Athinas 16-17, Nicosia
When: Tuesday – Sunday. Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday 6pm – 1am, Friday & Saturday 6pm – 3am
Price: Shots of Tequilas & Mezcal €4-20, Cocktails €7-9
Contact: www.facebook.com/sinnerstequilabar/ Tel: 99 595132