The Old Captain in
you want to sit in the courtyard
watching the lights of the harbor and
the incoming ferry, or you want to sit
inside and be entertained by Captain
Lefteris and his partner Tony, the Old
Captain is the happening place on the
island. (Both of them played a role in
the legend of the
.) While some bars in Apollonia charge as much as 14 euros for a mixed drink the prices at the Old Captain are very reasonable.
Captain is where I began my career as
a folk singer in 1984 when I shared
the stage with the famous
Greek-American superstar Dorian Kokas.
Every night there was a line of people
waiting to get in while all the other
bars were empty. The only problem was
that people would sit through the
entire show nursing one drink and the
bar was losing money so eventually
they discontinued the live music. Too bad for me but lucky for you because otherwise I would have never become a travel writer. But
sometimes when the moon is full and
the crowd is right I have been known
to do a surprise special performance.
Come to think of it, if you go there
why don't you 'suggest' they bring
back the live music. I think it was
the best job I ever had.
You can hear my music at www.mattbarrett.net/music
Profile of Kelly, Tony & Lefteris of
the Old Captain Bar
Tony is a Greek born in Cairo and
educated in America who speaks perfect
English, in fact I forget that he is
Greek sometimes. He currently splits
his time between Sifnos and Tulsa, Oklahoma and Thailand. He is crazy
about country music and if you have
any CD's with you he will
gladly play them though you may have to wait until the wee hours of the morning when most of the customers have left. If you end up at one
of their after-hours parties be
prepared to listen to the likes of
Junior Brown and Willie Nelson until
the sun comes up and the smell of warm
bread from the bakery fills the
Lefteris is a total basketball fanatic
and is willing to talk about the
subject for hours. He can tell you
every American who is playing in the
Greek leagues, his stats and what he
makes a year. The Old Captain is where
most of the yacht people go, in fact
most everybody comes here at one point
or another during the night.
Acting hostess and den-mother, Kelly
Thayer is a professional jazz singer
from Oklahoma who gave up her
marketing career to live in Greece and
spend her summers in Sifnos. Kelly
manages the Old Captain and makes
people feel right at home, giving
plenty of helpful advice about
what to see on the island. Mention
this website and drink free.
come here for a before dinner drink
they will give you a discount coupon
for Claudio's Italian Restaurant
across the way. Then when you eat at
Claudios they give you a free drink
coupon for the Old Captain. You can
save a small fortune with this
formula. Looking for a summer job?
Have waitressing experience? E-mail
A cozy bar on the far end of the beach and also a cocktail/ snackbar-restaurant with a beautiful view of the lights of Kamares at night..
The scene in Apollonia
(on the main footpath with the pubs) during July
and August is a miniature of Mykonos. People stay
up until 5 o'clock in the morning going from one
pub to another. It's a very happy environment (no
rowdiness) and lots of fun. During the month of August there is no place better to be than Apollonia is nightime is the right time for you.
listing of clubs and what kind of music they
- live Greek music
renown for its rebetika musicians - very good
(until 5 am) - great interior and
- another classic with beautiful interior - proposed for real music listeners - jazz, blues, rock, ethnic music - great drinks, very friendly..
-(since 1993) - Music bar plays relaxing music at a tolerable volume, the no. 1 bar for true Sifnos-lovers with very friendly atmosphere
GAD BAR - a roof top cocktail bar which combines classic cocktails with exotic flavours of cayenne, cinnamon, honey and mint, to provide a unique island experience. A great starter for an early aperitif in the vibrant island city center, while you enjoy a light Cycladic breeze at the open roof top, relaxing music
COSI - a popular bar/club in the center of all the happenings; preferred by the youth and the jet-setters. Starts with early drinks served on the outdoor ground terrace or roof top veranda, and continues with party/dance once the doors close inside until the early morning hours.
RAMBAGAS bar & restaurant - early aperitifs/cocktails surrounded by a beautiful secluded garden in the center of Apollonia, out of the main street, offers privacy and relaxing ambience. Right next is the Rambagas restaurant offering exotic Mediterranean flavours and gourmet cuisine, run by a well-known Greek chef, so the guests can easily drift from aperitif to a tasty dinner next door.
EXODOS - a Greek club at the outskirts of Apollonia, mostly Greek mainstream music and preferred by the youth. Operates in the early morning hours (after 04:00am) after all the other pubs close in the center
If you ask me, the best way to enoy
the nightlife of Sifnos is to find a
restaurant or ouzerie in the harbor
and sit as close to the water as you
can get. Order your favorite drink and
enjoy the view, whether it is the
boats and the lights in the harbor or
the people passing by. If you look
around and you see others doing the
same thing then don't be shy about
going over and saying hello and
joining them for a drink. Maybe they
have read this guidebook too. If you
are on a budget keep in mind that the
bars charge more for drinks than the
restaurants and cafes. You can enjoy
the pleasures of the port and then
continue in the bars when you get
tired of the tranquility.