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Bar review: Talalaland, Paphos

A recently opened art, music and events bar in Tala square in Paphos is already creating quite a stir on the music scene by offering something unique in the area.

Opened by Dutch expat couple, well known artist Joep Klinkenbijl and his jewellery designer partner Johanna Alida Bey, Talalaland is slightly off the wall, as are it’s hugely likeable owners, who are both integral to the venue’s almost overnight success.

Opened around four months ago and facing the recently renovated and pedestrianised square in the heart of Tala Village, ample street and off road parking can be found nearby.

The building was previously used as an eatery and although Talalaland currently only offers one dish – a pork fillet satay with salad and prawn crackers priced at €9.50 – there are plans to bring in tapas style finger food next year, when the relevant license comes through.

However, this is a great venue to visit if you love art and music and want something a little different from the run of the mill bars and music venues on offer elsewhere.

All sorts of drinks are served including teas, coffees and soft drinks, as well as a small selection of cocktails – try the mojito – wines, beers and spirits. They are reasonably priced and service is warm and friendly.

Regular quiz nights are held every Wednesday and the venue is open six days a week Monday to Saturday from 1pm to around 10.30pm (Wednesdays it opens at 5pm).

Klinkenbijl and his partner also run the art gallery next door – and the chef, musician, radio presenter and DJ, has his art work and that of other popular artists, on display on the walls of the bar, much of it for sale.

This really is an art and music bar and many of the bespoke tables depict the faces of well-known musicians such as David Bowie and Prince. An area of the ceiling is covered with cleverly placed and now defunct vinyl singles.

The decoration is eclectic and designed so that all things music will get you in the mood for the regular live events, or Klinkenbijl’s regular ‘disco nights’ on a Friday and Saturday.

With indoor and terraced seating areas, this venue caters for both summer and winter customers.

The atmosphere here is party-time and fun and musicians are encouraged to get up on the ‘open stage’ and have a go on the instruments provided. Jam sessions are a regular occurrence and hugely popular with customers.

A number of live music events are slated to take place at the venue ahead of Christmas and it will also be open on New Year’s Day from 1pm-7pm. Further information is available on their Facebook page.

There is nothing quite like this venue in Paphos, which is determined to keep music alive for all to enjoy.

 

Talalaland

Where: Tala square, Paphos

When: Monday-Saturday 1pm-10.30pm (Wednesday 5-10.30pm)

Contact: 99 202813, www.facebook.com/Talalaland-1036745343167637/

Price: Glass white wine €2, small beer €1.50, coffee €2, cocktails €5

 

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