Bootleggers Bottle Shop & Cava, Pernera, Protaras

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Bootleggers Bottle Shop, Cava & Exchange, Pernera, Established 2006

Warehouse
I just love this bottle shop, it’s a little warehouse of goodies from an extensive selection of wines, spirits, beers, ciders, and liqueurs, to after-dinner accompaniments, plus soft drinks, energy drinks, and party nibbles, all at crazy discounted prices, boasting some of the best offers you’ll find anywhere in this area!

Pay & Exchange
The three bootleggers are just unbeatable coz they’ll even accept, Euros, Sterling, or Dollars giving you your change in Euro, it’s just like their ‘no-commission’ money exchange service! … and you don’t have to buy anything … Brilliant!

Special Spirits
In the spirits collection, you’ll find all of your favourite tipples, including the delicious 5-Star Metaxa or the ever-popular Jack Daniels in cool presentation boxes … I love the JD Sinatra & Gold and the Single Barrell … it’s bound to be someone’s birthday soon.

50 Whiskies
So many choices, from Red or Black Label, all the way up to my favourite Jonny Walker Blue Label, hmm, but Stellios said, “You should try the 18-year-old Macallan Double Cask it’s fast becoming a favourite for Whiskey drinkers”.

Vodka
There’s 30 vodkas, including Smirnoff, 6 different flavours of Absolut, Grey Goose, Belvedere, Buluga, and the amazing Beluga Gold Line … I have to say the Stolinhnaya Salted Caramel Vodka is just sooo moorish, if you’ve never tried it, you really must, I’ve always got a bottle in the freezer!

Gin
It’s the in-fashion drink, so the guys have a selection of over 50 Gins on the shelves …  Gordons of course, but these days Bombay or Tangueray and the 8 different flavours of Whitley Neill lead the way …  Stelios suggested I try the Monkey 47 German Dry Gin but on my last visit there, I put one from the range of Hendricks Gin on my tick list … Hmm, next time?

Home Grown
I’ve gotta say the Aristidis Angelica Blue Gin is a lovely surprise!  When you add ice and tonic water, it goes pink!  Their Flower Power Gin from the same distillery, fused with a pomegranate tea bag is just on another level, and surprisingly they use only Cyprus grown produce to distil and flavour them, so if you like Gin, they’re a must! … btw rumour has it they are about to release their first single malt whiskey, I can’t wait!

Much More
Mixing it up for your party … Choose from over 20 Rums, including the new 11 flavours from Dead Mans Fingers, 10 Tequilas, Sambucas and Southern Comfort and Liqueurs in lovely bottles … The Masticha Roots Sweet Liquere is apparently growing in popularity these days.

Brandy & Cognacs
Include Hennesy, Courvoisier, Martel, and of course, Keo, 5 Kings, Anglaise and one or two nice surprises if you want to make a Brandy Sour, Cyprus style …

Wines 
As for that bottle of wine you enjoyed last night, they have over 300 different labels, from Australia, Chilli, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, and of course, a selection of award-winning Cypriot wines from Keo, Tziakkaz, Tsangarides, Onofrio, Gerolemo, Petridis and three of my favourites ‘Constantinou, Argyrides and Ambeli Wineries.  Top international sellers include Blossom Hill from California and Yellow Tail from Australia.

Champagnes
Why not grab a bottle or two of bubbles for that special occasion with Moet and Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, or Dom Perignon Laurent and believe it or not, Pommery and Henriot all at very affordable prices, and don’t forget a bottle or two of Prosseco, Mateus Rose, Martini Aste, and my favourite for after dinner Bailey’s on ice!

Beers & Ciders
There are lots of beers including, Carlsberg, Keo, Leon, John Smiths, Heineken, Guinness, Desperado, Corona, Peroni, and my fav Stella Artois, … plus Thatchers, Strongbow, Brothers, Koppenberg, and Magners Ciders and one of my favourites; Rekorderlig, a premium Sweedish Cider, that’s just delicious!

Liqueurs
There’s a lovely selection of Liqueurs, that’ll make a nice souvenir including, Cointreau, Tia Maria, Amaretto, Pimms No:1, Campari, and one of their top sellers, Aperol blended with Prosecco.

Traditional
Specialising in a lovely selection of Commandaria from the Monasteries in The Troodos Mountains and on that note, Zivania from the mountains plus good quality Cyprus Coffees, Virgin Olive Oils, Nougat, and Chocolates.

The Crew
The three Bootleggers extraordinaire run this place brilliantly and are always ready to help you with your orders for parties and duty-free allowances and anything else you need advice about, Pantelis once told me “We’ll keep offering you mad prices until the sheriff shuts us down”, that’s the spirit! … pun intended 😉

Easy Shopping
The shop is arranged into sections to make life easy, with lots of alleys, and a nice surprise on every display, so it’s crazy not to get your booze and unmentionables here before you leave .. oh, and for parties, while you’re here, hic! … and that includes some very exotic flavours to share with your friends, with a cool coco heater and easy light charcoals too, if you get my drift 😉 … oh, and really cool Electronic Alternatives that are disposable!  Brilliant!

Special Offers
There’s always special offers and Discount Barrels … at the time of writing; it was Gordons Pink Gin and Jonny Walker Black Lable and if you’re buying in bulk for a wedding, birthday or any excuse party and you mention What’s On they’ll give you a nice surprise! … Oh and they offer free delivery in the local area for party orders over €100 … Check out their Videos here

Home or Hospitality
The guys have been expanding the commercial side of the business providing a daily delivery service to the hospitality industry in the local area.  Give them a call for a chat.

Open All Year
Daily: 8.30 am ’til 10 pm

Directions
You’ll find them at 67, Pernera Avenue, Pernera, just upslope, on the right, above all the shops, with ample off-street parking … They accept all credit cards and there’s an ATM Machine right outside … See Google map below …
GPS: 35.031912, 34.035546

Is 8.30 am too early for wine? 😉

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