Situated in a smaller, less busy/noisy street of Monastiraki, yet, just a few steps from the souvenir/tourist/antique etc. shops. It was such a relief to find a nice looking place after walking through the busy area on a Saturday morning (the first really spring Saturday of the year.
Having no clear image of an Irish bar, I cannot tell if it meets the standards (for an Irish). But for a Greek I feel it has a certain appeal.
The decoration was what I expected when I first glanced at the green color details of the exterior (tent, window frames). Dark brown/black tables/chairs, a long, high-backed dark red couch. The bar distinguished itself from the tables, being taller. Between bar and tables were taller stands and stools. It was not stuffed with objects, it was elegant and cosy.
Rock music in the backround but you could easily chat with the person sitting opposite to you.
Abundant variaty in beer labels, draught or bottled. It had also a very interesting menu, the dishes we ordered did not come late, they were well served, adequate portions (for normal hunger). Perhaps some dishes lacked what I call inspiration (but that is really very very subjective, others perhaps would find them perfect).
Service was fast and what I would expect from an Irish bar. Informal, yet polite. Our waitress did not speak greek but she could understand greek. That made me feel a bit awkward because I did not know at first if I should speak greek or english (I don't speak Irish, but I believe neither did she...). Anyway, you'll find your way through.
Prices reasonable, certainly more expensive than what you would pay in a greek taverna with local beer labels.
Toilets clean. No ashtrays, no smoking area, I don't know if it changes at a later hour or it happens out of the record.
I believe if the road brings me outside the James Joyce again, I will enter its doors (and for a change I will do it on a Friday night).
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