Juan Rodriguez, located in Pallados backstreet at the neighbourhood of Psiri, is a barthat stands out for its unique concept. It’s an all-day destination created by Armelina Antonaropoulou and Kostas Loukas, the owners of 7 Jokers and Paliatsos bars, and named after a fictional character named Juan Rodriguez, an ex-slave from Panama who managed to break free and escaped to Athens.
The impressive venue is decorated in colonial fashion by Alex Petrakis and Vivian Dimitrakopoulou. Everything here is handmade, from the wooden painted walls to the chandeliers.
Juan Rodriguez opens at 09.00 to welcome you with an authentic Thracian coffee on the spit, which is served with a rose scented loukoumi treat on the side, as well as various suggestions for breakfast and brunch (omelettes, fried eggs, burgers, cakes, smoothies etc.).
Chef Dionysis Papanikolaou prepares dishes focusing on the use of qualitative raw ingredients, which you can order on the side along with your drink –that is the reason why the kitchen remains open until 02.00 in the morning.
The suggestions of the menu include burgers and pizzas, salads, cold dishes, such as botargo with blini, fresh butter and jam from organic fig and beef carpaccio, as well as hot dishes, such as fresh strigoli with beef and tagliate. Its desserts deserve a special mention (you should definitely try the millefeuille with a twist) as well as the homemade ice creams made with bio milk.
Over the weekend you will have the opportunity to sample a filling Greek breakfast that includes unique local delicacies (Thessaloniki koulouri bread, pecorino cheese from Epirus, San Michali cheese from Syros, sausage and olive cheese from Mytilene, ham from Kalamata, beef pastrami from Karditsa, fig and strawberry handmade bio marmalades etc.) The delicacies are enough for two and served in a double tray!
The cocktail list by Spyros Anagnostou is divided in three categories: punches, pre-bottled cocktails aged in oak barrels and classic recipes with a twist. We suggest you sample the sangria (a mix of Caribbean rums, cinnamon syrup, oranges and apples) and the Lococo Tici (rum, banana liquer, cocoa cream and lime juice). Equally diverse is the long and updated list of spirits.
At night, the over the top scenery of Juan Rodriguez becomes even more ambient, while the black and rock music set list sets you in the proper mood.