Just as an orange weather alert was being issued by the met office, my partner and I crawled into Plato’s Bar and sat on the large porch right next to the cosy fireplace, oblivious to the cats and dogs that were about to start falling from the skies.
A hidden gem in the heart of old Nicosia, close to Laiki Yitonia but away from the buzz of the more popular Ledra and Onasagorou streets, Plato’s bar is a classic, atmospheric spot covered in wood panelling and intimate lighting, making it perfect for the cold winter nights.
The curved bar is beautiful and lined with comfy, red, cushioned chairs offering a view of dozens of bottles stacked up on the shelves.
With blues and rock-n-roll playing from the speakers, we studied the menus – and I do mean studied: Plato’s selection of drinks is massive, especially in terms of Belgian and German beers and whiskeys from all around the globe, but it’s no less thorough in quality options for all other liquors and wines.
Though food options come in a smaller list, there’s heart in every dish and a variety to suit diverse palettes, ranging from a Bratwurst sausage dish to lahmajoun to pizza to a vegan option.
Both lovers of the Belgian blonde Leffe beer, we ordered a pint each as soon as we saw it on the list of draught beers, and ordered two plates, the ‘belly-buster’ cheeseburger and the famous chicken kebab, both of which left us grinning like small children.
Open since 1987, Plato’s is still an old favourite with a timeless charm and devotion to quality.
Where: Plato Street, old Nicosia
Contact: 22 666552
When: 8pm – 2am