Saturday, February 16, 2008

Nixon: my favourite haunt in Athens

Everyone has a favourite place to go out at night. If, like me, one travels to other cities regularly for work, they create a sense of home away from home to you, making you feel at ease as soon as you enter, taking away your exhaustion and angst, relaxing you and making your night fantastic.

Nixon is such a place for me. The bar/restaurant/cinema that Grigoris Stefanidis and his partners have opened at Agisilaou 61B at Kerameikos in Athens, is one of the most elegant places to go out on any night. Great owners, great DJs, great personnel and great people make up a very exciting combination. The inspiring surroundings of course play a major part in the recipe.

The décor features walls painted in deep green, combined with old red leather couches brought in from antique shops, as are most of the things in the establishment. The wall lighting fixture is from the Hilton Athens hotel (before its renovation) as well as two big silver frames with President Nixon's photographs hanging on the walls. Other Nixon memorabilia decorate the place, subtly reminding you the origin of the bar's name.

The big Art Deco chandelier is defining the space, hanging in the centre of the dining area. The ceiling is very high, differentiating the bar from most of its contenders, making the visitor feel more comfortable, even when the place is packed with people.

On the walls you can see some photographs that looked like Nan Goldin's to me, but I might be mistaken. The big bar with the glasses hanging from a metal frame above it attracts a big crowd but the same goes for the DJ booth opposite, especially when friend Makis Papasimakopoulos spins his wild music choices.

The wine list is impressive and the menu is small but great, with the Nixon burger the most enticing choice. It is also open from 13.00 on Sundays for brunch, while kids (big and small) can watch cartoons in the Screening Room. What? A Screening Room?

The "secret" of Nixon is it's Screening Room: a cinema room right next to the main room, all red walls, with big green couches, where you can watch unusual films from all over the world. The latest project was the Psarokokkalo film festival, with great success.


  1. Βλέποντας τις φωτό του πολυέλαιου, βρίσκω (για άλλη μια φορά) ότι είναι το πιο τέλειο (άσε που είναι και το πιο αγαπημένο μου) χαρακτηριστικό του Νίξον?

  2. Πολυ ομορφες φωτογραφιες στρατο μου!!!
    αν σου πω πως δεν εχω παει, τι θα με πεις????ντροπη μου το ξερω...
    ο Μακης επαιζε καθε πεμπτη αν θυμαμαι καλα(one of my fav djs here in athens btw, με την απιστευτη του φραντζα!!)


  3. Δε θυμάμαι αν παίζει ακόμα Πέμπτες ,αλλά Σάββατα σίγουρα ναι!

  4. koita na deis pou mou thimises oti den exw paei pote nixon...pws mou exei diafigei?

  5. Πλάκα ΜΕ κάνεις? Σου διέφυγε το Nixon? Ασυγχώρητος. Να παρουσιαστείς με τον κηδεμόνα σου.

  6. Κάθε Τρίτη και Σάββατο παίζει ο Μακης (μίλησε η θαμώνας :PP)

  7. Anonymous3:53 pm

    Dear stratos,

    I am an editor for a Dutch publishing company, CityZapper. We produce city guides for tourist! we only include the best, most special and exclusive places in a city in our guide! We have also included Nixon since we think it is a great place in Athens! Now i am wondering if can use one of the pictures above, in high resolution, to place with our recommendation? Those pictures look really nice. Can you please contact me, so we can discuss it. My email is

    Kind regards,

    Jonna Leeuwenburgh
    Marketing & Promotie

    CityZapper ® |
    Silodam 190 / 1013 AS Amsterdam / tel: +31 (0) 20 320 7690