🇬🇷 Athen Bar Show 2016 – During the Day ☀
After almost a week, I have to thank Babis Kaidalidis and his team for this great bar show in Athens. Some great bar luminaries already mentioned, that this bar show was a great success. I totally agree. This year I attended the bar shows in Paris, Oslo and Berlin. But what made this event so special to me? The hard facts were the location, the organisation and of course the Mediterranean climate.
The difference lies in the sincerity and the warm welcome you receive in the Greek bar world. Some voices claim that this is the best European bar show.
I’ve seen almost all exhibitors, working people and visitors smiling even if it hailed tiny ice balls on the second day. More than 8.000 visitors attended from all over Greece, Europe and other Mediterranean countries. Speakers from all over the world were invited. The line up was fantastic, the seminars and tastings were so perfect. The bar show was held at the historical site of Technopolis City of Athens, a former gasworks that was transformed into a major cultural venue. The exhibitors and presentations were distributed among nine exhibition halls each one with a unique character. It was nice to stroll between the halls and talk to the people. Many streetfood trucks and coffee places could be found. The days passed by so quickly. The entertainment was great compared to other bar shows, many sexy ladies around and a lot of handsome guys as well. A feast for all senses in the end.
My personal highlights
- Sold some Fine Magazines at their stand. That was a nice experience.
- I attended the launch of the Otto’s new Greek vermouth crafted in Athens
- I met the wonderful Julio Bermejo who has such a positive aura and a charming smile
- “Visited” four of the most important bars in Asia, i.e. the concepts of 28 Hong Kong Street, Manhattan, Quinary and Speak Low had been presented.