Strolling up Onasagorou, there are an abundance of restaurant and bar options, but I’m glad to have stopped at one in particular. Coffee and Wine Bar, tucked into a narrow spot, is where myself and a few friends decided to stop for an evening drink.
We selected a low table just inside the white-painted doors, which were thrown wide open to let in the pleasant nighttime breeze. The space is limited, but we didn’t find it crowded it or claustrophobic – though that might not be true on a busier night.
The menu features a range of wines, cocktails, beers and nonalcoholic beverages at moderate prices, as well as few things to snack on. Simple but tasteful decor and warm lighting makes it a cozy and inviting place to while away an hour or two while jazz music gently asserted its presence in the background.
A friendly bartender greeted us and gave us plenty of time to look over the menu before returning to our table to take our order. The specialty cocktails caught my eye, and, avoiding a drink with mastiha, I opted for the Afiales Rose, which blends citrusy grapefruit with rose and lychee flavours. My companions tested out the strawberry margarita, a classic old fashioned, and a red wine that the bartender helpfully suggested for a wine lover with a sweet tooth.
We didn’t wait long for the drinks to come out. They were presented with style, and fortunately didn’t compromise flavour for looks. The Afiales Rose, served in a wine glass on ice, was pleasantly fruity without the artificial, candy-like taste that often presents in sugary drinks. It did err on the sweet side, as, apparently, did the strawberry margarita, so if sweet is not to your liking, you might want to let the bartender know when you’re ordering.
We decided against testing out the food, but included with the drinks were the typical salty snacks – a small bowl of peanuts and another of potato chips.
Overall, the friendly treatment and excellent drinks make Afiales worth a second visit. I especially appreciated the reasonable pricing and relaxed yet intimate space. The service was great, and my friend confirmed that the bartender’s wine recommendation was just to her liking. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon coffee or an evening cocktail with a friend, Afiales is worth testing out.
Afiales Coffee and Wine Bar
Where: Onasagorou 16, Nicosia
When: Tuesday-Sunday, 6pm – 1am
Contact: 99 618650