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Bar Review: Novecento 22, Nicosia
At the more quiet end of the old town, Novecento 22 is easy to miss in a renovated old house near the Melina Mercouri hall, until you look up and notice the neatly hanging retro sign and big glass window revealing the inside of the bar behind it.
The bar opens up into a typical, old style Cypriot house, with the complementary arch that would have led into a courtyard. However, it has been renovated to suit the needs of anyone that wants to enjoy themselves in a lavish bar, with soft colourful lighting and twinkling chandeliers dotted around the space.
Despite a minimal décor the bar is reminiscent of old Hollywoood glamour, with large posters of Marylin Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and James Dean lining its walls.
The white bar is lined with comfortable, tall stools and even though there is minimal seating space, there are plenty of places to stand for when the place fills up and plenty of corners and decadent black and white consoles to perch on. For busier nights Novecento 22 has an additional bar upstairs.
The drinks are reasonably priced starting from around €7 for a cocktail and €5 for their white/red house wine. The only downside is that they do not provide food, but make up for this with a large bowl of nibbles to accompany your drink.
Karaoke fans will be pleased to discover that they can get their karaoke fix every Sunday at Novecento. Also, every Wednesday there is live ‘laiko’ and ‘entehno’ music along with a song competition every Friday, where a winner is picked by people at the bar. The rest of the time they play mainstream Greek and English music, and after midnight a DJ takes over.
This bar is for anyone that enjoys a nice cocktail at a plush bar at what could be classed as a bar come club.
Where: 3 Nikiforou Foka street, old Nicosia
When: Wednesday to Sunday 9.30pm-3.30am.
Contact: 99 633822, 99 845618