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Restaurant & Bar Review

Bar review: Joel, Larnaca

It’s good to see Larnaca expanding and starting to feel more cosmopolitan with the addition of new bars that seem to be popping up. Gone are the days when people would have to be satisfied with visiting their regular haunt through lack of choice. You can now mix it up with a whole host of different options.

One bar that seems to have appeared out of nowhere is a rather chic bar called Joel. Located in an alley off of Ermou square, Joel is new on the scene having opened its doors in December.

We went for a midweek drink so it was fairly empty, only two other tables were occupied. Upon entering I could tell that a lot of thought, effort and expense had gone into making it what it is. The furniture was all brand new and looked like it had hardly been sat in. The comfy bar stools are a mustard yellow, the island table chairs with the hugging back support were red and the chairs on the booth tables were blue. It sounds like a random mixture of colour but it works!

Despite the modern furnishings, there is also a vintage feel to the place with classic frames around mirrors and a renaissance style painting on the wall at the back. The great, elegant detail behind the bar with the combination of deep red and gold fixtures felt like it was something out of The Great Gatsby. Alongside the picture on the wall at the back is a golden curtain. We opened the curtain to take a sneak peek at what was behind it. I won’t spoil the surprise, it’s better to go see for yourself!

The list of signature cocktails was very interesting. They have blended together some very interesting flavours in some of their drinks. The Humble is a gin drink with scents of bell pepper and carrot but I chose to go for The Sophisticated as I was intrigued by the whiskey infused with figs. I thoroughly enjoyed my drink which was served in a martini style glass but I think I would have liked it to be served in a different glass. My friend ordered the Old Fashioned. Joel serve it in a small bottle (made on the spot, not pre bottled) for the customer to pour over the ice in their glass as they wish.
Joel is not a large bar and we were lucky that it was fairly empty. Had it been on a night where it was filled to the rafters, perhaps it wouldn’t have had the same vibe.
I would definitely go back to try some more of their interesting and tasty cocktails.

Where: Ermou 106-108, Larnaca
When: Daily from 6pm
Contact: 99 518080

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