... But tbh, The Square Bar is probably better known for the entertainment and live music played here every night from 8.30 pm 'til late. That's mostly down to Peter and Rob, of the legendary 'Live Lounge' Cardiff fame, who partnered up with Panicos in 2014 to bring you the very best in live bands, duo's and solo artists ... Check out their Reviews, oh and, go early to avoid disappointment, coz following all health and safety protocols this place gets really busy!
Over a delicious cappuccino, my old friend 'Tommy' explained: "We wanted to set the ambiance something like you're sitting in a vintage style cafe, on the Kolonaki in Greece, the music relaxed, Mykonos style, with a little live sax now and then and the menus half Greek, half Cypriot, inspired by the irreplaceable chemistry of two top chefs ...
It's a pub with British style pub, with an international clientele, an awesome crew, a relaxed ambience, and a great place to eat traditional pub grub with a twist oh, and an awesome place to watch all the live sports ... It's like home from home even if you're on your own! ... What else do you need from a pub? Your favourite tipple, they've probably got it!
It's on the corner of the entrance to Bar street, and btw, it's one of the oldest bars in Napa! Hosts Andreas and Karina, are completely 'down to earth' and absolutely love their pub and have continued it's 30 year tradition by being one of the only bars that stay open all year. Joining the crew recently Kevin of Three Lions Pub fame is bringing the pub grub menu to another level. Naturally it's a favourite with locals and long stay workers and of course they look after everyone that wants to join them, tbh, it's one big happy family here, and quite unique!
Over a gorgeous cappuccino I asked Vaida, why she created 'The Loop'? … She explained; "I'm originally from Lithuania, but lived in Holland for many many years and fell in love and married a Cypriot and finally moved to Cyprus just 4 years ago" … Vaida continued, "I noticed there was a distinct lack of places to get good fresh food, not just vegetarian and vegan but specialising in healthy eats and healthy diets".
The first impressions were the different design, open-fronted, industrial with minimalist tones, steel pillars, raw concrete and polished wood, high ceilings, really cool lighting, comfy seating, designer signs and the menu, 'different' to say the least but let's just say it's more of a diner than a cafe ...
Their signature cocktail menu is a balance of tastes and blends to suit everyone's taste buds, be it sweet, sweet and sour, salty, smokey, smooooth or sharp ... I tried a couple that I can truly recommend ... First Smokey Lap Dance, blended with Bulleit Rye whiskey, campari, Lapsang Tea infused with Martini Rubino which was tantalizing ... then the 'Teasers Roll Out' blended with Tanqueray gin, Licor 43, orange marmalade, grapefruit juice, lime juice and sugar syrup, a taste bud explosion !!!
... the kitchen serves a Full English Breakfast or just Scrambled Eggs on Toast, home made Burgers, home made Pizzas, Pukka Pies, Omelettes, Salads, Grills with delicious Chicken breast, Huge Pork Chops and even your favourite Toasties. There's something for everyone including a separate Children's Menu ... and if you like to share try one of their delicious Meat Platters for two ...
I just love the facade and the interior decor is sort of warehouse-like, classy with industrial tones and extra trimmings, pallets hanging from the ceiling, newspaper collages on the pillars, cool lighting and an awesome looking bar with more bottles than you can count ... 7 years later the massive repeat custom says it all ... and I can't recommend The Malthouse highly enough!
It looks stunning from outside, recreated to look like the inside of a cave, with huge Dinosaur bones, arches and skeleton relics everywhere and I just love the Lizard stools ... all the crew are dressed up in character and of course Fred parked the Flintstones car outside, so don't forget to get a selfie or two ! Oh, there's big screens for all the live sports and a pool table and a cool beer garden with cool kid's play area out back.