At Patision Street 136 in Athens, the name of a bar particularly attracted us. Meeting with Sotiris Papatheodorou, the owner of this atypical and friendly place, he tells us the story of this unexpected bar.
When did you open your bar ?
The bar opend his door at the end of November of 1957. It was made by the famous Greek architect Aristomeni Proveleggio. He used to work for many years in France with Le Corbusier, the father of modern architecture. At that time he was in Greece as an honorary professor to the Greek university. The bar is his creation and it was a project he had with his students. The name came out from the years that he passed in France.
Tell us about your place, how would you describe it ? The atmosphere, the customers, the area ?
We are a cozy small place full of polite, friendly and “artistic type” of people. We want our customers to feel the place as an extension of their living room, to meet their friends and have a few good drinks in a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We don’t play loud music. The volume is loud enough so everybody can have an easy conversation. We are an old school bar, we serve the gin and tonic separately, the whiskey and then the soda in a separate bottle so someone can make his/hers own blend.
Bar Au Revoir is a time machine that travels you back to the 50s & 60s. With all time classic cocktails and good selection of whiskeys, gins, rums etc. Nothing has changed since the first day it opened. A place where Frank Sinatra went to have a drink after he finished his concert in Athens in 1962. Placed on Patision Street 136, a street that never sleeps, in the area of Kipseli, the most multicultural part of Athens.