Early on a mid-week night with temperatures uncomfortably low for my cold-intolerant Cypriotness, I made my way to Il Bacaro on Prodromou street for a glass of wine, finding it already packed inside.
The staff must have had plenty of experience with drop-ins without a reservation like me, as the waitress told me with sorry eyes to have a seat outside until one freed up at the bar.
Hard-way-learnt tip: always reserve beforehand.
Even as my breath condensed with every exhalation from the cold, outdoor heaters did the trick just fine, as I drank the promptly-served glass of sauvignon blanc from the Greek village of Houdetsi in Crete without moaning once in my head.
A sucker for low-lit bars, and an even bigger sucker for low-lit bars with fairy lights, I moved inside for another glass as soon as a seat freed up at the bar.
Inside was loud, but understandably so, as there was not a table that was without several glasses of wine and a variety of the Italian dishes that Il Bacaro is praised for (personal favourite: their lasagne, it’s out of this world).
Though relatively pricey on average, the bar offers a range of options making it accessible to all pockets. But whatever the case, quality is what you’ll get.
Overall, Il Bacaro is a pleasant and unpresumptuous wine bar. A small gem. It also hosts live music events – check Facebook page for details.
But of course, I might be biased, as it turned out that the bar man was a beloved free-refill-giving friend.
Where: 131D Prodromou Ave., Nicosia
When: from 6pm
Contact: 22 676969