The End of An Era – The Galatex Era

notice2After a long and hard battle that started in 1991 when Galatex first opened the police finally got what hey wanted and closed it down. That’s right ladies and gentleman there is NO MORE GALATEX. I speak from a lot of people when I say that last night they took a piece of our childhood away from us.

Galatex was the source of much gossip and debate but I don’t want to start listing all the law factors and the licences issue. Galatex raised generations of people and trust me when I tell u that after working in a bar for about four years constantly last night I had to watch the police tare apart something that was more like a home to me. I was standing inside that bar that I worked for my last night and I knew that every single worker, client and boss felt the same way I did. We all new this was coming but no one ever thought that Galatex would end so suddenly. Galatex was a place everyone went to and it didn’t matter what style, music preference or even the way you looked like didn’t matter because it was a place where you could find a bar that suited you most. There was no pesky face control and you didn’t have to spend all your monthly allowance on drinks. Reasonable prices, generally friendly atmosphere and people taking care of the safety. However, for the government this seemed like a problematic place. Constant fines, the negative answers to request for licence and negotiations with the police these are examples of just a few things Galatex faced. However with the new law passed about the music and the closing of Privilege, Breeze, Drops and yes even Tempo meant that Galatex’s fate was sealed. Last weekend the police came to the bars and took all the speakers forcing the music to stop at around 11. Galatex staff tried going up to the Germasogia Ministers to talk to them but that didn’t help. Saturday night ended at 11 o clock as well. However this weekend brought about a drastic change. The police informed the owners about was to happen and people came to work knowing that within hours not only will they themselves unemployed but also know that a place they grew up in was just minuets away from being taken away. The police came at about 11 and not just the CID but something like SWAT team accompanied them, just in case I mean Galatex is a ghetto hence full of thugs. Half of the ghetto inhabitants were crying by the end of the night but we are still dangerous hence should be exterminated. I cannot speak for the whole Galatex but at my second home, better known as Down Under, as soon as the first speaker was taken down the bar started clapping. Sarcastically mind you. It took about 15 minuets for them to close something that people put 15 years to make! Eventually the police left and the bar staff and friends stayed to clean the bars and to have their final drinks. A lot of people started coming Galatex from the age of twelve and most came back there all the time. Those who don’t go there anymore still remember what they went through there. Yes drinking, fights and even drugs at times but this is a constant event in all countries and in ALL bars in Cyprus itself. The government had their reasons not to like Galatex and we can’t do anything about it since Galatex indeed didn’t have a licence to play music BUT who didn’t want to give the licence and then punish us for not having the licence. As ridicules as it sounds this in fact is true. Galatex closed last night around 2 am but this time without music, customers and happy faces. There was swearing, crying and disappointment. Disappointment because youngsters have no place to go. Disappointment because kids will get drunk without supervision of any sort. Disappointment because all the memories, friends and fun was now demolished.

This is a whole new beginning for most of the people who went to Galatex and people who worked there. Now we have to deal with the fact that we have to change our lives and out habits but the most irritating part of all this are all the unanswered questions. We even have a slogan. “We do everything you ask us; maybe you have something to hide”. Whatever it is the police managed to destroy not only an important destination for tourists and a provider of work places for people but also an important part of out lives, mine at least.

  • Mr. Stab

    the police over there have and always will be dirt. they deal drugs (fact) yet prosecute for laughable amounts in posession. they use unneccessary brutality (fact). they’re derogatory to foreigners. fuck that-it’ll happen sooner or later but things need to change. it won’t be that theyre violating about a million international laws by doing the shit they do that’ll knock them down, it’ll be average people.

    whether it be you guys, different people or generations after you guys-the police will be put in their place someday. one person making a stand will get screwed over by them. 20 people will get screwed over. Hundreds? thousands? no-they’ll back down when they realise how thick they’re in the shit. It will happen.

    i was never a regular at Galatex, although i feel for your cause. Find redemption in the fact that the more dickhead moves they make, the further they dig their hole.

    there is “law”, and there is morality. Choose the right one and confide only in that.

  • neva_say_neva

    cant we get a petition or all put a bit of money towards gettin it back or smthn? it seriously cant b the end…limassol wil get lyk NO tourism nd the whole place wil jus collapse…its ridiculous…!

  • Kalli Rache

    Guys i totally agree with u and ppl are trying to do something so lets hope that Galatex will open again…and Mr.Stab i agree with u 1000%!!!!

  • Katish

    Well you guys I think its pretty sad. Afterall it was a big place, brought loads of money, etc but it had its bad points such as the drugs, fighting etc. Atleast the bad ass people hang out there before, now they’ll spread all around Limassol.

  • Kalli Rache

    Lol i beg to differ Katish…the bad ass ppl didnt spread out! on the contrary they are all in one bar whereas while Galatex was opne there were 8 bars to choose from:) so no one benifited from the closure…but time heals all wounds as they say

  • In this case, wounds heal all wounds!

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  • Melia

    can’t believe the galatex has been shut down, loved going out there when i lived in cyprus & worked in woody’s for a while too & then on to the step inn. it will be missed 🙁

  • dear melia, i have good news for you.. galatex will be open for the summer of 08 🙂

  • Yiannis

    Galatex is back…the Legend of the Tourist Area will be back within 10 days from today…with the best music and the craziest atmosphere u ever experienced..the most glamorous nad trendy bar in Limassol..Ladies & Gentlemen GOSSIP BAR IS BACK!!!!!!!!!
    (if u wanna work for Summer 2008 at Gossip call 99510216)

  • anthony

    i went to limassol 12 july 2007 i could not believe how much limassol had changed it was dead hardly no tourism i tried going to my favort bar in Galatex down under! the whole Galatex was closed. 200 to 2006 il never forget!

  • anthony, it was dead, but they’re trying very hard to revive it! although they are confusing the area with enaerio unfortunately, we dont want coffee shops, we want bars, clubs, and most of all tourists.. till then, we will continue getting bored and being forced to other cities to find new people to socialise with.

  • john mcaleer

    dear melia i know yourheartbroken about the galatex but woodys is going great hope to see you there
    regards john

  • hannah

    I remember I first went galatex when I was 14!! BEST CHILDHOOD EVEEEER BRING IT BACK PLEASE!!