At the beginning of the year some “now friends” arrived in our office, they had recently moved to the island to retire. Most people retire to the island to sit in the sun and drink beer, not them, they retired to the island to sit in the sun and serve beer!
You see they had bought a bar in the seaside village of Makri Gialos, some 30kms away, on the south coast of the island. The bar once called “the Gecko” was aptly renamed the “Rock Bar” and, for lack of a better expression, was in a state.
My business partner, a rather brilliant and extremely well educated architect, leapt at the chance to sort it out with them. A budget was set, somewhat lower than the architect would have liked, but these are times of austerity and we must do everything for the least amount of money possible.
The renovations started in January and finished in March our friends wanted to do as much of it as possible themselves and so they became, cleaners, sanders, painters, varnishers, electricians, plumbers, movers, packers, seamstresses - you name it they were doing it. At one point I walked in to find her a little bit “high” having repainted the tiles in the bathrooms! I cannot quite give them all the credit as the pros were called in for the tricky parts but, one thing is for sure, they were there everyday from dawn to dusk and a bit longer.
The “Rock Bar” was designed to be a very comfortable lounge bar, a place where you can go to relax, enjoy a beverage, talk to your friends or make new ones - huge sofas engulf you on the veranda where you can enjoy some rather spectacular views of the bay. Sports followers will be pleased to know that just about every major fixture - rugby, football (euro 2012), Olympics etc. that is played on the box is viewable - comfortable bar stools are available to help prop up the bar and your glass will never be empty!
The bar predominantly serves wines and beer along with simple sprit mixes, if you ask very nicely though, the owners can be convinced to make a cocktail or two!
The Rock Bar
Telephone number: +30 2843051300