Sitting at the bar
Imagine entering a bar and travelling back in time. No blackberrys, no laptops no urban chic furniture. Furthermore, not a single women in sight, only some 15-20 men in their 70’s and 80’s, commandeering three chairs each(one to sit on, one to lean forwards over and one for their worry beads.)
I doubt anything much has been changed in this place since it opened in the 60’s: the old wooden tables and rickety chairs, the original bar and stools, flaking mirrors on the walls and glassware that would be a collectors delight.
A bar in Kranidi
Such a place exists in Kranidi, Greece. Make no mistake, there are plenty more bars in the center of Kranidi, most of them of modern design and certainly frequented by women who would be equally at home in an Athens club.
I was curious to find out what makes this establishment appealing to its ‘ dedicated clientele’ and I decided to check out the coffee there.
The bar’s facade
On this particular morning I dressed up all white outfit and stepped into the bar with a confident smile. It is no exaggeration to say that the place just fell silent! I believe the occupants could not recall when last a woman– a foreigner, turned out in white and high heals - entered their club with the intention of sitting down and ordering.
Having a frappe
The heat was over 40 c’ outside, but the bar has no air conditioning and not even overhead fans. The lights were not on and with the dark wooden furniture there was an atmosphere of stoic endurance.
An old fashion vitrine with its display of glasses
I was not able to communicate much with the occupants of this saloon bar , but I sensed that after their initial disbelief, they were equally charmed, exchanging smiles and suggesting that this might be a fashion shoot for a euro magazine !
A woman in a man’s bar
On the streets of Kranidi, Greece
I enjoyed the outing and the coffee.
I hope you did too!
Shirt – Gershon Bram (Israeli designer); skirt – Mango; One battered Panama hat-Provence ; shoes – Jeffry Campble ; belt – Honigman (Israeli fashion house); shades – Carolina Lemke; bag- Tod’s