Monday, 18 March 2019

The Oceanic Chill Out Bar - Everything you need from a bar

Step in, sit down and relax in the original and only true chill out bar in Kalamaki. OPENING TIMES:- Welcome to the blog of The Oceanic bar. Here's a little history for you to read. After Managing a bar complex in Argassi called Tropicana from 2001 to 2006 i decided to open a true chill out bar, NO TV's, NO LOUD MUSIC, NO ENTERTAINMENT, NO FOOD AND NO GIMMICKS. Since establishing the Oceanic in Oct 2006 it has gone from strength to strength with a good following of people from all nations and of all ages who are no longer customers but who i now class as friends. Just a simple bar with comfortable seating and sofa's, music from all eras 50's to present day with a collection you won't hear anywhere else, mood lighting and candles with a hint of rock music theme running through it. The Oceanic prides itself on only using original spirits in every drink served, original recipes for all its cocktails and also unique cocktails only found at Oceanic. Its not just about the drinks and relaxed atmosphere its about being able socialise with like minded people, enjoy conversation without having to shout and basically have a laugh and enjoy every night of your well deserved holiday without any worries. With 34 years experience in the leisure industry and the knowledge of 140 cocktails i'm sure we can find something for you or even make up a new drink on the spot to suit your taste buds. I have never made out that Oceanic is "The best bar" or "No.1 bar" or "Most popular" as that's not my style, I've always said its just a plain and simple bar, nothing more than that. Each bar is different and different people like different things, Oceanic is a good honest bar getting back to basics, a bar which people use as a meeting place, its like Marmite you'll either love it or hate it but i'm sure after your first cocktail or beer you'll be back again another night. So come along and pop in for a chat, everyone will be met with a warm welcome. Its like the TV bar "Cheers" as the song goes "you wanna go where everybody knows your name" and after a night in Oceanic you'll make plenty of friends .

Friday, 8 February 2019

Winter Wipeout - Oceanic Chill Out Bars Cocktail Rev Kev

For those of you that missed it if you blinked haha or just like seeing me getting smacked about i've uploaded the video for you to watch. Ouch! Painful memories LOL

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Dear Diary........13th June 2018

Dear Diary........13th June 2018

An amazing weekend over with and off she goes back to the UK after celebrating her birthday on Saturday with a trip all around the island on the bike, lunch of fresh fish at Kampi Cross Taverna and closed bar early (midnight) for a night out in Zakynthos Town, great day, not long till she's back, can't wait.

I alighted from my bed at 6.30 am, bugger, what do i do now?

UK motorbike needed a service and clutch cable had snapped so being as I'm awake may as well push bike in to town while cool.
Good job i keep myself fit, pushing this bike 3km would be a killer, its so heavy.
A puppy of about 5 months is barking at me from side of road, really cute, so i try to call it over. It won't come. Another larger dog appears, and another and another, the fourth is quite big and doesn't look happy, i don't mean it looked sad, it looked mental angry. Time to push bike quicker. They follow barking and jumping at other side of road. I push quicker, they follow. I run. they follow, this went on for 1.5 km.
I remember reading a news article about a man that had been torn apart by stray dogs but left his torso. If i was a dog it eat the torso. On a chicken everyone wants the body meat not the legs and wings, why would the dogs want the legs and arms and leave the torso? Stop thinking about them leaving your torso. Bugger, no water or money. Mouth really dry. Bet those dogs have water.

Get to bike shop but doesn't open till 10, time is now 8am. Will walk back and come back in on other bike later. Decided not to walk as dogs may bully me again. TAXI!

10am i go to garage, i tell my mechanic to sort everything that needs sorting on bike. I tell him to take his time and will pick it up Monday. He tells me to come back at midday on Monday, not 11am. That's very specific for a Greek.

Time for bar chores. Visited the same shop where the begging child was. Parked next to shop to save getting pestered. The car park is huge and empty. Are there people in this world who don't know what a parking space is for? There is always someone who parks anywhere, this time a car on a disabled wheelchair area and a bike in the middle of the lane. I was amazed to find out a Zakynthian friend of mine has been driving a car without taking a test for 20 years. His reply was "If the police don't stop and fine someone for pulling barriers out of the road to get on to pedestrian area, why would they stop me?". There is logic in that reply somewhere.

Back home sat on balcony and Biscuit has gone. Will have to ask landlord where he has taken him. Watched an ant. Do they actually have a purpose with their day? This ant was all over the place. Left, right then left again then a circle, then straight then right then left. Do ants get sunstroke? It definitely seemed dazed and confused. I would have helped it but i didn't know where it wanted to go.

Bar was extremely busy once again. It will be nice to have a quiet steady one one night. Body is feeling the pace already. Will have to start my 4 bath routine early this year when i get in from work to help with cramping. Hot bath, Cold bath, Hot bath, Cold bath, bed. What a pain in the ass.

Whats for supper? Gruel or Weetabix. Gruel is becoming an addiction but will go cold turkey tonight. I don't mean I'm going to eat cold turkey i mean I'm going without gruel and having weetabix.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Dear Diary........6th June 2018

I arose bright eyed and bushy tailed at a stupid 6.30 am after only 2 hours sleep. Make mental note drink more Jack Daniels before bedtime.

Decided to give the house a good sweep through. Still can't find the ant lair. Very frustrating.

Went shopping at 8am. Parked the bike up and walked across car park. As i walked a little girl about 9-10 walked with me begging as we walked, she looked hungry, sad and tired. I put my hand in my pocket to get out a euro and then i noticed something. As i looked down at my pocket i saw that the girl had a new pair of Nike air force one trainers on. Any beggar who can afford a better pair of trainers than i can doesn't need my money. Talk to the hand as your getting nothing, NAH!
In the UK i always look at homeless peoples shoes, that's a good sign. Also seen a few using Apple I phones, Where do they recharge them? Where is the address for a contract phone? and how can they afford it if homeless?

Went for a early morning coffee. Underneath a seat i saw a little puppy that was sleeping, wish i was sleeping. When she woke and opened her eyes she had one light blue eye and one brown eye, In my head i called her Bowie. Aren't dogs with light blue eyes (apart from huskies) mental?
Didn't stroke her to find out.

Gin is the mad craze this year, next year it will be something else, these drink popularity always die out, it was Mojitos last year. I served a lady a Tanqueray London Dry gin with a slice of lime tonight, anyone would have thought i had shot her dog by the look on her face when i gave it to her. She berated me for serving it with a lime and not a orange slice "Tanqueray is always with a orange slice", i apologised as I'm no gin expert and replaced her drink no problem. She returned 2 more times with her husband and we got on fine after that.
Bar was very busy again tonight, not complaining and as from Saturday its Midnight close every Saturday from then on, better to have a few hours chill out in Zakynthos town after i close than to close for a full day.
Got home and checked out what should be served with Tanqueray London Dry Gin on the official Tanqueray website, the accompanying slice of fruit is in fact a lime it stated, So i was right with lime, back of the net.

Gruel for supper. Will be so glad when Iceland opens. Won't sleep much due to a certain arrival tomorrow, can't wait.

Serve All, Love All, Peace All, Kevlar Out!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Dear Diary.......3rd June 2018

Sunday 3rd June 2018, day of rest.

Today is the first day i ventured to the pool since i arrived on the 8th April.

Arrived 9.30 am to a empty pool area, pick of the sunbeds for me, just how i like it.

Front of body first today then back the next time i come to pool.

After half an hour i decided to have a dip in the pool. After 2 long widths of doggy paddle it was time to rest at the side of the pool staying in the water.

Watched a wasp hover by pool side then commit suicide by plunging itself in to the water. What does a wasp have to be depressed about or did it just get tired and fall in to pool?
I thought of rescuing it but it would only sting me if i did, no gratitude at all.
I've been stung 4 times this season while riding my bike by little black flying insects, one sting on my left shoulder gave my hand pins and needles.
Some of the wasps and flying stingy things have got caught inside my shirt, I've tried to release them from my shirt before they sting me so they are free but they always sting me, ungrateful little blighters.
The human equivalent would be someone stuck in a toilet and a nice person trying to free you, when they do get you out you then punch that person in the face, no gratitude.

90 mins later i'm ready to go. After all i do have 6 months to get a tan and your skin will only tan to a certain colour anyway so whats the point in tanning day after day all day once your at your peak colour?

As i left there was only one other person at pool. Is this hotel haunted?

Time for lunch, do i have oats and cold milk (think that's called Gruel) or noodle roll? Gruel it is as to hot for a oriental noodle bag in fresh rolls.

The second most exciting thing to ever happen to me on this island is happening soon, Iceland supermarket is opening. I can eat as much crap quick frozen food as i like. Excited beyond belief. The first most exciting thing is my partner arrives Thursday.

Off to work i go, Biscuit fed, CHECK. Never sure how Sundays will be what with big change over day, really hit or miss.
My oh my, tonight was a huge HIT. Would think of getting help but i can cope with 42 customers by myself so why pay for staff. Also i'm a tight ass.

Home time, What to have for supper? Gruel or Pot Pasta. Gruel it is. Started to think of the film Oliver Twist, don't know why.

Time for bed, what do i watch to fall asleep to, Inbetweeners, Family Guy, Toast of London or Alan Partridge? Family Guy as have over 100 episodes so should fall asleep at some point with that many.

Added another song to my songs of the season, an old one but a classic i think you'll agree.

All i can can say after watching that clip is, My Oh My what are they wearing? Also doesn't the lead singer look like the bad guy Sensei John Kreese out of Karate kid.

Serve All, Love All, Peace All, Kevlar Out!

Friday, 1 June 2018

Dear diary..........30th May 2018

30th May 2018

Got to bed at 3.30am, Great night in bar and totally exhausted. When will they experiment with full body transplant?

Woke up at 5am. Why do people write "Woke up" in diaries? If i hadn't I'd be dead and i wouldn't be writing my diary.
Woke up 5AM with intense stomach cramp, not sure why, hadn't eaten anything weird or re-heated. Wanted to be ill but just wasn't happening. Sat in bathroom for an hour.
Why do toes move? I watched my toes while sat in bathroom. I wasn't thinking "Move toes" but they were moving. I know i have to move my legs as that makes me walk but why do toes move by themselves?
Looking at my feet they seem in very good condition considering every toe in both feet has been broken at some point. One person once said my feet look like a Hobbits feet. Did that person know something i didn't? Aren't Hobbits fictional creatures?

Got back to bed at 7AM to try to get a little more sleep.
Woke back up at 9AM bursting for a wee. As i wee'd my water went from the normal colour to red. With the intense stomach cramp and red wee have i got internal problems? I started to panic. Then i remembered i had  had a fresh beetroot sandwich the day before, Phew, panic over.

Noticed many ants around the house lately so i have set up a devious cunning plan. I will place a sugar hill on the floor, follow the trail of ants to their lair and wipe them out once and for all. That will show them.

Decided to get my stock then rest for the day after my stomach cramp and beetroot trauma.

Biscuit is outside calling, he will have to wait till its his treat time which is 5.30PM before i head to bar.

Didn't sleep much as stomach was shouting at me. My stomach is so loud when it grumbles, sounds like a bubbling pot in a huge cave. Amazing how much noise a 30" waistline can make. Must google why stomachs rumble.

Something else that has me perplexed. In all adverts and TV programmes cockerels crow at dawn, so how come my 4 cockerels can't tell the time? Morning, afternoon and night its "cocka doodle doin". Is there a way to reset their body clock?

Time for work, feel much better but not eaten, one square of chocolate for some sugar and peach ice tea for fluids. Wee is now back to normal colour.

Bar was much quieter tonight which was a blessing after being so manic through most of May and with me not feeling 100% so it was a welcome rest bite. What does that mean "Rest bite"? Must google that.

Got home 2.45AM with ant killer in hand ready to take my revenge.
The sugar hill has gone and so have the ants, these are no ordinary ants, BUGGER!

Time for bed. TV in bedroom now only has 4 channels. How? Never mind, its a smart TV so will watch "Toast of London" off the USB stick. Cockerels are telling me its time to wake up, no its not its only 4AM. Must get ammunition tomorrow.

Serve All. Love All, Peace All, Kevlar Out!

New t-shirt for you.

Sold three already.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Captains Log - "19 days since opening, All's well"

Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, for the thousands in attendance and the millions reading around the world...................................


How are we my dear dear blog followers? I hope your all well and starting to pack those suitcases ready for the off, some have already packed and been but there are many more to follow.

So my season is 19 days old and already I'm having mornings of the last customers leaving 3-4 am.
I better get some energy drinks in LOL.

Couldn't have asked for a better start, last season was through the roof and this season isn't to far behind it and i have had my 1st and 2nd best nights in May since i opened 12 years ago.
This May i have also had a few returning customers come in that haven't been in for a couple of years so its always great to see familiar faces when they arrive.

A majority of Mays customers so far have been new and every single one of them have returned which i thank them for and glad they enjoyed the visits.

The resort seems to be very quiet. The earliest i have closed was 1.30 am about a week ago and as i hit the main strip i thought there had been a power cut as everywhere was closed apart from Drunk Corner and Venue and every night after that when I've closed maybe between 2-4 am  its been the same, Tazies hasn't even been open and that's amazing as Tazies is always open usually till at least 3 am. Never have i known the main strip to close so early.

This May two things have happened that have never happened before in my 18 years on the island.

Firstly it has been the most cloudy May i have ever known, we've had about the usually amount of rain but cloudy days, wow, we had almost a full week of it, never seen that before.

Secondly Tax Inspectors. They have been in Kalamaki 4 times in 12 days. Its absolute nuts. I've had 2 visits but all good with me as all drinks are tilled and everyone has their receipt.

I do have a problem with the Tax Inspectors though. Some are corrupt.
Last Oct on my last but one day of opening i had a visit. All was above board, all drinks were tilled, all receipts were out and could be time checked but because i took 2 drinks out to a table with a receipt while the inspectors were in they fined me 250€, i got fined for being honest and putting everything through the till. This is where you then actually feel like why should i be honest if i get a fine for doing nothing wrong, they just wanted money. Could i have gone to court and won a appeal for it to be overturned, yes i could but they know that would cost me 400€ so of course the fine is cheaper. Your in a no win situation and there's nothing you can do about it.
In this incident it doesn't encourage you to be honest but of course if you are honest and get honest tax inspectors like i have had this year everything is OK, Hoorah!

This season i have also had some customers who haven't been back to the island since 2007-2008 but were customers of mine. They were amazed to see that i was still here and when i talk to them it is quite amazing, you think, I have never had entertainment to drag people in, never done drinks offers, never given anything away free, never advertised my prices, never had WIFI, never had TVs, never advertised anywhere within resort, in papers or on radio, I've never done deals with hotels or restaurants of the "You scratch my back, i'll scratch yours" type but twelve years on I'm still here and me being on the island for 18 years has all been a random act, none of what i have done on this island was planned, it was all by accident, how mad is that.

People are asking who is this "We" you keep mentioning on your blog. My dear Friends, I don't think i need to go in to detail and put my whole life out there for the world to see on the net so i will keep it as "We", that's all you need to know really folks don't you think? But what i will tell you is that "We" are extremely happy together.

Biscuit is getting a bit of a star status in the bar already, if i could get a goat sidecar for the bike i would bring him in but i don't think he would keep a crash helmet on and a sidecar just reminds me of Olive off "On the Buses" (anyone younger than 40 you'll have to google it).

I already have my my songs of the season, yeah i know early isn't it, these are songs that give me a bit of surge of energy when i start to flag, here they are:-

Foo Fighters - "Sky is a neighbourhood"

Hugh Jackman - "The Greatest Show"

Justin Timberlake - "Say Something"

and one for my cool down time

Depeche Mode - Cover Me

I bet you never thought you would see Hugh Jackman and Justin Timberlake in my play list did you, ahhhh see, i have a wide range of listening but it doesn't mean i like everything.

So that's a quick update for now folks just as sense of how the seasons going so far, so until the next time....................

Serve All, Love All, Peace All, Kevlar Out!