What to Do
Nightlife in the capital is rather unique in that being a small city compared to other European cities, there are fewer options and so how you spend your night heavily depends on where you choose to go. There are numerous clubs filled with mostly a youthful crowd if you are in the mood for dancing and regular dj sets taking place mostly at local bars or small concerts. If you want to go out for drinks, there are bars in the old town offering a relaxed atmosphere in their courtyards (especially during the summer) where you can enjoy locally brewed beer (at some bars/breweries) or locally sourced wine – there are some wineries in the old town and city centre producing their own in house wine. Accompany your wine with nibbles, they all serve nuts or platters with drinks. Many of these places regularly host live music gigs. If you are a fan of cocktails, there are some bars or “drinkeries” dedicated to the artistry of making taste bud tantalising signature cocktails. There’s even one in the city centre that has been listed in the world’s best 50 bars for three consecutive years -in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
If you want to experience the authentic going out experience in the capital, perch at one of the local coffee shops or kafeneia in the old town or in Kaimakli area. While there, you’ll be served the national drink zivania (a strong white spirit) with nibbles such as cucumber, olives, carrots and cold meat cuts such as lountza (dried smoked pork tenderloin), pastourmas (Cyprus spicy sausage) and chiromeri (smoked ham from a whole pork leg that matures in red wine).