North Cyprus Restaurant Review | Oris Barcafe

Oris bar angelaNorth Cyprus Restaurant Review | Oris Barcafe

On the road that leads to GAU, on the right, stands the Oris Barcafe. Agile and I usually pop in for a drink after our court appearances. It is a very friendly place and no matter who is in there, there is always a a cheery hello and a warm welcome. I was struck by the ambiance at first but the friendliness of its staff and customers is what provides this.

On St Georges Day, if you wear a red hat and a white shirt, your first drink will be free. If you bring in a real live dragon, and promise to keep him on a leash and not to allow him to breath fire on everyone, I think you could negotiate with Michael and Patrick, your hosts, to drink there free for the rest of your lives.

St Georges Day is next week, 23rd April, and although we English think of it as our Patron Saint Day, it is a celebrated Saint’s day in many Christian countries. 23rd April is also a Bayram in north Cyprus, and is known as Children’s Day. I know many Turkish Cypriots use the Oris Barcafe so I am sure whatever nationality you are, wear your red hat and white shirt and the first drink is on the house.

Now if you over indulge in Oris Barcafe, just remember that lovely lady behind the bar is Angela. Yes, I know there are two different ladies behind the bar but just remember the name Angela since they both are named Angela, how customer friendly is that? Angie is lovely, well they both are and no, you are not seeing double.

Every other week there is a Quiz night at Oris Barcafe. Food is provided and the cost is 15 lira per person. They vary the food for every quiz and I am told you do not need to be a Mensa member to have fun and maybe even win this quiz. A fun night out without too much pressure on your ‘grey matter’. Quiz nights are held on a Monday night so, with it being fortnightly, the next quiz night will be Monday 29th April starting around 7.30 ish. Ish tells you what a relaxed friendly atmosphere it is in Oris Barcafe.

On Tuesday night (every week) there is a pools tournament. The entrance fee is 10 lira and all the money collected as entrance fees is returned as prize money to the winner/winners. The tournament starts at 8.00 pm. There are pool tables at Oris Barcafe, so why not pop in for a pint or three and practice…who knows you could be the next tournament winner.

On Saturdays, Oris Barcafe hosts a BBQ where a variety of meats are cooked on the charcoal before your very eyes and for a reasonable charge of 20 lira you can eat your fill in a very convivial atmosphere and enjoy the sunshine. The salads and accompanying dishes are varied and plentiful too. The BBQ is lit at 2.00 pm and food is continually cooked over the charcoal all afternoon, the finish time for the BBQ being 8.00 pm. With your tummy full and you relaxed, stay on and enjoy the company whilst having a few of your favourite tipples. There you are ladies, no worrying about what to cook on Saturday.

Agile and I discovered Oris Barcafe quite by chance and are very pleased we did. The drink prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is friendly and spending a few hours there is totally relaxing. A warm welcome awaits you.

Oris Cafebar opens early and closes late.

Pauline Ann Read

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