I visit Athens regularly for the past eight years now and I was never disappointed. I love Greece and Athens is forever in my heart, for many reasons. So, the capital always surprises me and my most recent visit there revealed to me a hidden gem, a beautiful restaurant-bar in a very hip, upscale part of Athens, in Kolonaki. Have a listen to this:
Do you enjoy the style, the voice, the lyrics, the era? Do you know maybe a little bit about Minnie the Moocher? If you get tingles from the inside, listening to master Cab then I got just the place for you, named, like the song, Minnie the Moocher.
Make time to enjoy a drink in those beautiful vintage glasses there. You will truly be transported in another era, an era of subtle class and clean, fresh flavors, strong tastes and good quality cigars. You know what I mean? If the answer is yes, then do go, but you should book a table before, as Minnie the Moocher is loved by Greeks and tourists alike and it would be a shame to have to wait or leave.
We were there for two hours and we really enjoyed the atmosphere, the waiters’ clothes (very stylish hats too) and the people. Because the people are always the silent main character of every success story and this bar is very much a success story in itself. I really do not want to reveal too much about it, as I would love to hear more opinions about the Minnie, but what I can say is that it evokes the prohibition period, the 20s and the 30s.
Alcohol is to be found in its cleanest, purest state at the Minnie, just like back in those days, when so many restrictions applied to owning and selling it. In a way, I saw and felt it like an homage to the hottest debate of those days, between the drys and the wets.
It is a celebration of the senses,music is low and soft,wine and whiskey offer their open arms and allure us with their aroma, the ladies are lovely and well dressed and the gentlemen are smooth.
The Minnie is where I could visualize James Bond having a shaken, not stirred one. So, dress to the nines, grab your family, friends and significant others and pay that place a visit. I can assure you you won’t regret it.
Just as the saying goes, “Who does not love wine, wife and song, will be a fool for his lifelong!” — a vigorous 1873 assertion of the cultural values of German-Americans, which, at the end of it all, could apply to all of us…
photos from: Minnie the Moocher – Facebook page