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Soho Wine & Beer Bar

Arch. Kyprianou 35-37, 70003537, LEMESOS (LIMASSOL)
Mon-Sun 19:00-1:00
Food: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Service: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Ambiance: [rating:4] 4/5
Defying the economic crisis, the Limassol bar scene seems to be expanding like never before. I personally think there aren’t enough people to keep all these bars alive but I am hoping this situation of bar saturation might at least create healthy price competition and keep the owners on their toes. Furthermore, the competition will lead to only the survival of the stronger players, a group in which I deeply hope Soho Bar will be a part of.
The minute I walked into it I could tell it was different to its neighbouring bars. Firstly it is small, secondly it is not on Saripolou square but on a small pedestrian alley, thirdly there was no sign of rustic and vintage furniture and worn out wood. Instead, it was a modern and stylish bar/restaurant with a New York flair. It may not be the epitome of innovation or architecture but the classic Eames chairs, the cement floor and the elegant bar with the comfortable stools create a simple yet classy atmosphere.
The first impression of the space was definitely positive. What surprised me later on however was that, despite the immaculate table setting the bar in fact does offer a proper dinner. There were the standard cheese and meat platters and fortunately for us, a new introduction of Italian sandwiches and salads which were about to be added on the menu. The mixed platter which Mr Proud Cypriot and I shared was quite appropriate for our red wine without a choice of hard cheese or a salami selection. I was glad to see that the platter did not include any brie or goat’s cheese, as in my opinion these cheeses do not really work in a mixed platter for red wine. I did feel that for 15€ however the platter should have been slightly bigger than three slices of each salami and three pieces of 3 different types of cheese. The ciabatta sandwich cut in three pieces with a hard yellow cheese and jamon and lettuce was excellent being perfectly savoury neutralised by the lettuce and the soft Italian ciabatta bread, without being too dry.
Finally the wine selection was quite ok with a small but targeted menu. There is a choice of wine from all over the world (including a good Greek and Cypriot wine). The beer selection was also wide as Mr Proud Cypriot, the beer fan of the group confirmed (it is after all a wine & beer bar).
The verdict was that we would definitely return either for a glass of wine before dinner or for a cocktail later on. The fact that the food selection is small makes it hard to go for a proper dinner. I would love to see some cold and hot mini platters, a pate or other canapés at least, even if it is just a few so we can include it in our bar/restaurant options as well, rather than just a wine bar.

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