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Bar review: Angels’ Share, Nicosia

I knew alcoholic drinks are aged in wooden barrels. What I didn’t know is that every year, a small amount of liquid – up to two per cent – evaporates ‘into the heavens’ from the casks. Jim Beam, probably in an attempt to see the silver lining in their vanishing money, called this amount the “angels’ share”.

As I was waiting for my cocktail a bar of the same name, barman Loukas Stratis, and an excellent storyteller if I may add, introduced me to the naming process of the bar and the fun titles of their signature drinks.

Looking around, the place has a sharp clean vibe to it, with a chess tiled floor and minimal design. Tasting my Tears of Gods, a bold masticha based cocktail with tangerine and lemon, I could smell the citrus blossoms’ essence sprayed on top of the fantastic beverage which took the drinking experience to the next level. “Cocktails must satisfy all the senses,” Stratis said.

Visiting the bar early in the evening, I had time to chat with the staff and browse their long, entertaining list of cocktails. The emphasis is firmly on cocktails as the venue has teamed up with those behind Barons Moving Bar although there are bites, many intended to share.

“All the cocktails’ names have a story behind them, a hidden meaning,” the barman told me as I was trying to figure out Angels’ Moonshine, a whiskey-based signature drink. “Whiskey was made at night in the forest during America’s alcohol prohibition,” he told me, “people back in the 20s named it moonshine.”

The bar hosts different DJs maintaining the ‘speak easy’ philosophy with pleasant background music from Arctic Monkeys to electro-jazz rhythms depending on the night.

It is accessible to people with disabilities through the back door and includes an elevator to access the first floor which is coming soon with a second bar.


Angels’ Share

Where: 48 Makarios Avenue, Nicosia

When: Wednesday to Saturday 6pm-1am

How much: €8 average for cocktails

Contact: 22 664848


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