I’ve known Jimmy, since he opened Bells in 1988 and he was my first boss in ’91 when I came to test the water before moving here in 1993 and btw, this place has led the way in Party in Protaras for 34 years now … By day its cool chill out sounds and delicious food, by night the food continues, so too the cocktails but after dinner it steps up to party mode!. 34 years is a long time, so they’re obviously doing something right … ha! trust me they do a ‘lot right here!
Jimmy told me how he named the bar ‘Bell’s’ after the area of ‘Vrissi’ which refers to a gorgeous natural cold water stream that poured from a natural rock shaped like a Bell at a nearby beach … ha!, and I always thought it was after the scotch … btw Jimmy’s son Georgios joined the crew 6 years and now he’s full on and together they’re all a well oiled team, the banter is brilliant and everything just flows so smoothly!
This place is famed for it’s international kitchen, with a few traditional Cypriot favourites. The head chef is qualified and with years’ of experience and let me just say this lady can cook … kicking off the day with a Full English Breakfast or just Beans on Toast with a nice cuppa all at really cool prices … then it just gets better!
The burgers are delicious, especially their Special Black Angus Burger, with mushroom, caramelised onions and melted cheese is delicious … a few more I’ve tried over the years include; The King Prawns served with rice and veg, The Pitta Bread with Grilled Halloumi & Crispy Bacon, plus tasty BBQ Spare Ribs, crispy Cesar Salad and Grilled Chicken breast
The Pitta Pockets are just enough and their Pizzas or Pasta with prawns and cream just like mama used to make. The kebabs, Maria’s speciality and let’s not forget their fluffy Jacket Potatoes with a choice of fillings … oh and, tantalisingly perfect desserts like the Home-made Apple Pie or Mum’s fluffy Pancakes.
By night it’s chill out early, then by 10’ish it’s best described as a Pre-Club Party Bar, with a wicked sound system, lights and smoke, confetti ‘n all, so be warned you might not make it to the club coz this lot party every night … With resident and guest DJ’s through the season, the music, playing a cool mix of House, R’n’B and Classic Party tunes with MC’s that’ll get you up on your feet and you’ll be dancing on the the dance floor, podiums and well, pretty much anywhere you wanna! … Check out their Videos here
Behind the Bars
Cool selection on draught; Keo, Carlsberg, Heineken, Peroni of Italy and Ice cool Ciders include, Kopparberg, Somersby and Strongbow. The long drinks and cocktails mixed with quality imported spirits and for the kids Virgin Mojitos, I just love the blueberry.
You really must try their speciality cocktails … The Pink Sunset, Sexy Dreams, Hendricks & Tonic, Cucumber, Pink Gin, Jaegar Bombs and their Premium Cocktails, like ‘Hugo’ Prosecco, Mint and Elderflower, Aperol Spritz, Porn Star Martini and the best seller the Espresso Martini a blend of vodka, a shot of espresso and coffee liqueur, decorated of course and just mind blowing !
Sharing is caring
The Fish Bowls are their speciality; huge cocktail glasses filled with your favourite cocktail and shared with up to 4 People … oh and, whilst you’re into sharing with your friends why not add one of their exotic flavours of the east … Even the Non Alcoholic Cocktails for the kids and drivers are awesome here.
There’s 6 huge TV screens all over the place so you’ll get a view of the footie and F1, Wimbledon and all the big events including the boxing. The atmosphere at the England matches is awesome btw and when there’s a big match on the the back garden with it’s own big screen can get electric!
Beer Garden with Pipes
At the top end of the bar there’s a lovely beer garden with relaxing running water on their waterfall and comfy seating to mellow you for starters, somewhere to enjoy exotic flavours blended to your liking with ice chilled spirits and that are naturally, best shared with your mates. You can’t ignore the colourful party balloons, not just for decoration but cool if you want to laugh out loud., Hmm?
Open long Summer Season
April ’til November
Daily: 9 am ’til 3 am
You’ll find Bells Cocktail Bar at 20, Protaras Avenue, aka Hotels Road, Protaras … it’s on the corner, opposite, Vrissiana Beach Hotel … gee Google Maps icon below …
GPS: 35.016497, 34.050775
Chill by day and parties all night !
Photos: by Tony Brown