Sunday, 18 March 2018

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 socialize 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 25 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 thats 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 . closed

Thursday, 8 February 2018

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

Monday, 18 September 2017

I am alive, just manic busy, HELLLLOOOOOOOOOOO!

Proper update coming very very soon i promise. Been locked out of account for nearly a month due to e-mail address i used to open this blog 11 years ago doesn't exist anymore. 11 years of drivvle and waffling ramblings, my my, how time flies.

Anywhooooo here is me diving in to a pool on one of my 7 days i've attended a pool since arriving on the island.

Still crazy manic here and a big big sorry for anyone who hasn't been able to get in to the bar over the season, only had 12 nights since i opened that bar hasn't been full at some point during the night, i can only apologies but i am looking forward to the end now, my poor stumpy legs are ready to fail me. "Keep goin' Kev your on the home stretch".

So its ta ta for now.

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

Friday, 21 July 2017

EUREKA! Its ultimate food heaven I've created.

We shall start with my thought of the day as i am now a philosopher as you all know by now:-

"You can lead a horse to water but it will never be a fish"

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls I am that excited about my new food creation that i had to come in to town at 8 am to my secret coffee shop and write an update.

Don't know what to eat? Fancy a pizza but also wanting a Pot Noodle.
WHY NOT HAVE BOTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Kevlars Kitchen Creations that brought you Crumpet Creations i give you..........

The Pozzle.

 Get yourself a fresh pizza base or Pita bread.

Select your pot noodle, for today's creation I've chosen chicken and mushroom and mix with hot water so its thick with no signs of a sauce.

Make a fresh pizza sauce from fresh tomatoes and onion with some BBQ seasoning

Add pot noodle to the top of pizza sauce.

Cover with a generous portion of grated mozzarella until completely covered.

Bake in oven for 15 Min's at 180 deg or gas mark 7 until cheese is just about browning.

Then throw straight down the toilet as that's where it will be an hour after eating it!

NAH! only joking. Oh my god, it tasted so good and the true sign of a good tasting pizza is when its cold the next day and i can honestly say it tasted even better this morning, best next day pizza, EVER!. Its a true master piece in the area of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Michelangelo's David and Alan Partridges Monkey Tennis.

Animals everywhere. My garden and courtyard are like the days before Noah set sail on his little jaunt. Not being funny but he took to his boat to save the good from the great flood and banish earth of evil. So in that thinking why take venomous snakes and spiders? Surely you'd take only animals that look cute, also man eating tigers and lions with man, cats with pigeons, silver back gorillas with chimps, do you see what I'm getting at. It would be a total blood bath on there.
Now you got me started, i think the novel called "The Bible" is flawed from the beginning. Adam and Eve had 3 sons, 3 SONS! Seth, Cain and Able. HELLO! Unless they could poop kids out how did the earth get populated? Although there is suggestions in a re-write (Directors Cut) Adam and Eve had 5 sons and 2 daughters. Still on dodgy ground really. Think we need a re-make like they do with the classic movies.
Anyway i got side tracked.

Here are the plethora (I like that word, i shall use it more often) animals at Kevlar Abbey.

Wilbur Hoppington

Gwendolin Hoppington

Carlucius Hoppington

And to the far right of picture its our new edition to the family baby Ticklemus Hoppington

Now then, on to the courtyard.

Kitten one and two

Kitten three.

No point in naming the kittens, they only cute for so long then turn in to cats and become arrogant.

Well what a great surprise. In Zakynthos town yesterday, the Greenpeace boat "Rainbow Warrior" was in port. You could go on and have a look around and give just a donation for the pleasure. Unfortunately i had very deep pockets yesterday and couldn't reach my money so just took a picture from port side but it is a impressive sight.

Its minion time, YAY! Look at this great t-shirt based on Iron Maiden's "The Trooper". See a minion can look cool no matter what situation you put them in.

And another minion moment, my non actor/teacher but Neurosurgeon nephew with a relative of Kevin the minions.

Here is Kyle again but this time in training for the S.W.A.T. team he has joined. No not Special Weapons Attack Team, Sheep With Attitude Taskforce. He is Welsh don't forget and have you seen how menacing some sheep look? They need taking down.
As I've said before "Don't mess with the Family, Capeesh?"

T-shirts are flying out all over the place and there are 2 new additions to the collection.
Firstly we have the killers who are touring this winter around the UK so this coincides with the tour.

But the next one is a very sad t-shirt to have had to make.
When their first single "One Step Closer" came out it was like a breath of fresh air and then a song of theirs that stuck with me was "In the End". I was managing Heath Sports & Social (happy days) at the time this came out and it was constantly being played on Kerrang TV, what a amazing voice Chester had. From gentle whispers to aggressive angst. Was really shocked when told of his death.
I chose "New Divide" and the lines I've chosen feel right to me.

R.I.P. Chester Bennington, a truly unique voice and performer.

So on that reflective note i shall leave this update there.

Until the next update........

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

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

As Robbie would sing "I love my life!"

Socrates (Not the footballer), Pythagoras (Not the maths), Plato (Not what you eat off), Hippo (Not the animal), Evander (Not the boxer), Dio (Not the band), Aristotle (Not the.........its not anything else).
What do these names all have in common? ........................................They are all Greek Philosophers.
Now why am i telling you this? Well, over the past two years I've had time to think, listen to peoples comments, listen to customers rumour and gossip and i have taken it all in with contemplation, to which i have become a Philosopher myself.
To prove this i will give you my first words of wisdom:-

"Man who hears only one voice becomes blind to the truth."

Well, what you think? Not bad for my first attempt. By man i don't mean a man as in a male, we philosophers mean man as in "Mankind" so everyone.

Hello to one and all, how you all doing? I do hope your all well and good wherever you are.

The bar is now 72 days open and only 6 nights it hasn't been full at some point.
Every single customer so far who has stepped in to Oceanic has come back for a second visit which is great and not only that I'd say about 80% are all new to Oceanic with most coming in through word of mouth around pool or at hotel bar.
I am totally realistic and know this will not continue, last season i had a night at the end of July that i only took 50€. This is the reality of business, the ups and downs, can't always be ups.
I feel physically great all be it slightly tired due to being so busy but not complaining and all is good in the life of Kev publicly and privately.
May and June done and dusted but now comes the months i always dread, July and August which are usually quieter for me so its allot of book reading and waiting around till someone comes in, more often than not my first customer is about 10pm due to it being so hot up until that time but lets wait and see what happens.
Been to see my accountant this morning, all good there and first quarters V.A.T. cleared, and relax.

Now I'm not a modern day fan, i think i was born in the wrong era. I like a very simple life, I'm not in to techy stuff, I'm not money orientated, I'm not materialistic and i don't need Facebook, instagram or snapchat to make my life better. As long as your happy with your life all the other stuff doesn't really matter.  Just to prove sometimes the old ways are better for you i had a very old thing land on my doorstep of the bar two weeks ago that many of you younger readers won't remember, its called a letter.
Many people say modern technology is a good thing. Well this very old way of communicating, a letter, brought me the best news from the UK, so much so i went out to celebrate in Zakynthos town that night and had a couple of Zakynthos craft brewed beers, Yammas!.
Thank you J. Sharpe for saving me money, time, hassle with red tape paperwork and for making a great season even greater with your letter, i have sent you a letter of thanks in reply.
Kids, don't just depend on e-mails, letters can be a wonderful thing.

This season i have been asked many new questions but have been asked them quite a few times so just in case your coming out and thinking of asking me the same questions i will give you the answers now.

Q:- Oh, your still here then? (with amazement)
A:- Why where should i be? I've never said i was going anywhere.

Q:- Do you have more hair?
A:- (with huge laughter and choking) Definitely not, more grey and more of a wasteland now than a bald patch but the hair i have is longer not cut so short

Q:- How was Depeche Mode in Athens?

Q:- Have you lost weight?
A:- A little but black is slimming. Look at Pavarotti, he always wore black and you would have never have guessed he was 32 stone cause he looked so slim in black.

Q:- For how much longer do you think your going to do this?
A:- Until i decide I've had enough or my body tells me its time to quit, don't think i need to put a time limit on it.

Q:- Is your bike a Harley? (pointing to my bike parked outside the bar)
A:- No its a Yamaha, that's why its got Yamaha written on it.

That's just a few of the frequent new questions I'm asked but there are many more.

So its the 13th July and I've only been to the pool 5 times since April but i did get to my quiet pool at a certain hotel i use. As you can see from this years pic its still empty and that was taken only 2 weeks ago. How can this hotel still survive with hardly anyone there? Don't get me wrong I'm glad its this quiet as its such a lovely pool, would it to get over crowded and lots of noise.

I may have told you that this year there are no ducks but i do have 2 rabbits, well now i have 3 rabbits. While i was sat on my balcony watching the sunrise over my garden sipping a cup of tea this morning i spotted that i have a new baby rabbit has joined the family, awwwwwww, its tiny but was hopping all over the place. One afternoon the largest rabbit was having a chill out in the shade of the wall at my balcony. The pic looks like road kill but it is in fact just resting. I have called it Wilbur Hoppington. Sadly for him he on has one good back leg but boy he can shift.

SSSShhhhhhhhh, he resting.

In my last update i mentioned Kylo Bear. Many have asked who's Kylo Bear? Well Kylo Bear is a build a bear that was given to me for company in my home. There is something a bit disturbing about this though. Build-a-bear are selling bears of a character that killed his own father with a lightsaber through the heart. Slightly dark? I think so. Kylo Bears lightsaber actually lights up with real saber noise and if you push Kylo's chest it plays "The emperors theme". This is great but not when you sound asleep.
Kylo lays on the bed next to me every night and the first night he was there i must have rolled over and pushed his chest with my elbow only to set off "The Emperors theme". I will say now, i was more than a little startled and terribly confused as it was still dark. I didn't have a clue what the hell was going on and only remembered about a minute later in my bleary eyed state.

I present to you Kylo Bear.

The Oceanic Rock Legend T-shirts are again selling really well and people are buying them ready for concerts. On buying them my customers have said they will send pics of them wearing the t-shirt at the concerts they bought them for, so here is the first.

Thank you to Sean & Jane for wearing them to the Green Day concert at Hyde Park.

And finally, a few people have asked did i really go to Switzerland as the pics i put on my blog about it looked to good to be taken by me.
HOW DARE! I know I'm not technically minded but i do know how to use a pin hole camera, GOOD DAY TO YOU SIR, HMMMPH!.
So to prove i was actually there here is me alongside Freddie.

I don't look so short in this pic. Note to self, always have pictures taken next to statues.

Well that's it for this short update. Again not been out and about much as between 4-5 hours of the day is taken up by doing things for bar as its so busy at night and its just way to hot for long rides out on the bike, also all the Italians and Greeks are arriving off the ferries so the roads are a nightmare.
No rants either, as i said at the beginning, life is sweet and no need to rant, well not in this update anyway.

So until the next one........

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

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Work, Eat, Sleep, Repeat, Collapse!

Well, well, well, well if it isn't my lovely blog readers. How the devil are you today? I'm sure your all wonderful.

So we're now in to June, BLIMEY! May has flown by in a blink of an eye.
Bar news first. WOW! Since 2nd of May there has only been 5 nights where Oceanic hasn't been full. At this point i will apologies to many who have walked past unable to get seats or come in and i haven't been able to seat you, i am truly truly sorry but this season has been manic so far.
I never take anything for granted though, i take each day as it comes and i am totally realistic that this can't continue all season. The one thing i can say is that every single customer that has stepped foot in Oceanic has come back for a second visit which is so good and i thank you all who have visited so far.
This season a majority of the customers have been new to the bar through word of mouth of people talking round the pool or hotel bar or even balcony to balcony. Its amazing what people talk about balcony to balcony. As you know i give every customer who enters the bar a bit of my time no matter how busy it is so i get all the feedback personally.
Age ranges again have been so mixed, quite a few couples in their early 20's up to a couple in their 80's. It seems that many are now looking for a more laid back bar and like the fact that i don't have WIFI and TV's, that's why they keep coming back just to have a chill and a chat with new people.
The new changes to bar have been accepted really well and the general feel is its even more relaxing now, just a shame i haven't got enough seats to fit everyone in comfortably.

At this point a huge huge thank you to Puzzle Restaurant for the emergency chairs that I'm dragging out of there every night, they are such a great family and always very helpful to me and they deserve all the success they're having this season and i myself can honestly say the food i have from there to take home is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD! Thanks guys! You must give it a try when in Kalamaki, you will not be disappointed.

As the heading to this rambling dribble states Work, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. That's all its been but no way am i complaining. When i tell people that i have only had 4 holidays in 19 years the first answer that comes back is "Well this is a holiday". AHEMMMMM! No i don't think it is.
My daily routine at the moment is this:-
I wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed (That's just a saying, i don't have a bushy tail) throw open the curtains and sing in a Disney like manner to the swifts, doves, chickens and rabbits. Make sure Kylo Bear has had a good sleep. A quick wash of bits, strands of hair and teeth and leave the house at 8.30am, oooops! forgot to get dressed, back in to house, dress and leave the house 8.35am. Then its, this shop, that shop, coffee break, this shop and that shop again getting supplies for the night ahead. Back and forth from one side of town to other trying not to get knocked off my bike by idiots jumping red lights, no indicating or just being, excuse the scientific term here, ASS HOLES in their cars.
Then to my supplier to get my delivery.
On to bar where i then clean and mop throughout, stack all the glasses back away in their home and make sure the toilets are smelling all clean and fresh, MMMMMMMMMMM, Pine and bleach!
After all this is done the time is 1.30pm. So that's 5 hours of the day dedicated to bar. Back in to bar for 6pm to set up ready for 7pm opening. Rush around like a mad man for 8-9 hours but making it look like I'm a swan, graceful above the water but paddling like mad underneath. Again, my bar isn't in water its just a metaphor and i don't have webbed feet.
Close up bar with a quick clean through, home, eat, sleep for at the most 4 hours then repeat.
What a great holiday i have eh!
That's every day for 170 days don't forget. I've been to the beach just 3 times since 25th April and not been to pool at all yet but will have to at some point, with the little hair i have left and how pale I'm becoming people are mistaking me for Gollum (Ref. Lord of the Rings) My Precioussssssssss.

Now then, Depeche Mode in Athens, I can sum this up in one word "Morons", No not Depeche Mode The ferry companies. Of all the times to go on strike for a week it was the week i had to get to Athens. I tried flights but they left the island to late, i even tried to hire a private boat to go over but wanted €150 each way, I like Depeche Mode but not enough to spend €300 to sit along side freshly caught fish for an hour each way and lose a nights takings. So i have a cunning plan. I have got tickets to see them in the UK in November and as a special treat to myself next March i may go to Argentina for my 50th birthday next year as i have wanted to go back ever since i went there to film Total Wipeout but at the same time i would be there on holiday Depeche Mode are playing in Argentina. But lets not get ahead of ourselves, its a long way off and still got a season and winter to go yet, who knows what may crop up within that time.

Where is Kevin the Minion your all asking. He's very ticked off with me as he's still sat on the bar and wants to get out. I promise you all i shall take him out before the next blog update but business first, Kevin's adventures second but i will take him out and about before the Italians get here, then the roads are crazy.

So short but sweet i know but what can i do, its all work, work, work.

And to finish the update off here is a picture of the sky above Oceanic 3 nights ago, the photo has not been doctored in any way.

Everything was coloured in a red glow, weird!

Until my next brain numbing update

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

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Fancy eating your buddy for lunch?

"Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, i don't remember the reeeeSSSSST, so we will just leave that way"

Yes its another day on the island in facts its my 1880th day or 45120 hours then again it could be 2,707,200 minutes. That was rather an Alan Partridge moment to figure out like that, A-HA!

How are you all today my lovely blog followers? I would like to welcome the new blog followers from Armenia and Georgia, Barev & Gamarjoba, that's hello in their languages not their names.

May is going very well indeed. Every single customer that has stepped in to Oceanic has returned and i mean every single one, so i can't really ask for any more and as always they have all been great friendly customers.

Now i like my food but would i really want to eat my buddy? Well that was on offer at Donkey Beach in Tsilivi could actually eat my buddy. I was shocked, appalled even but then it all became clear, they meant a sandwich or as we know it "A Butty"

Extreme eating experience

Ahhhhhhh, that's what they meant.

And smoothly moving on to eating experiences, i forgot to show you what i had when i went for a Gentleman's afternoon tea at the Park Plaza in Cardiff. It was so so good, as you know i love my buffet food, so this was posh buffet food.

Now then. As i wandered around my huge balcony i spotted something just laying still across my double patio doors. "That's funny" i thought "I can't remember buying a draft excluder".
Aggggghhhhhh, SNAKE! Yes there it was just laying in the shade after what it looked had just had its lunch. In length stretched out straight it was easily 4ft.
What do i do? It wasn't moving. I just bent down and stared at its head......Its tongue came out, IT'S ALIVE, IT'S GOD DAMN ALIVE, BUGGER!
OK, keep calm kev, what would Bear Grylls do in this situation, creep up on it, pounce, grab the head from behind just below the jaw, bite its head off, drink the blood, strip it of its skin and eat flesh for my dinner. NO, that's a bit to extreme and i'm not that desperate for food just yet as i still have 2 boxes of frosted shreddies in the cupboard.
A cloth over head so it keeps still while i grab it.
I get the cloth, slowly get close to it and drop the cloth.........Bugger, it moves back. I Pick the cloth up and try lifts up and moves, STAY STILL!
Then i remember i have a pole with a hook on it. I've seen them use these and the snake curls around they hell. I tried time and time again, do you think it even looked like it was going to curl up around it, not a chance. In the end it was a few quick flicks with the pole and over in to the garden it went. I AM MAN!

He not so tough.

Here you can see circled in red its dinner and the pole i had to grab to clear him away. Well would you be happy being poked after just having a big meal?

Now i don't watch much TV in the UK and especially over here as its all in Greek but i was amazed at 2 things i saw when i switched the TV on.
Firstly they have a program called "Your face sounds familiar" basically its stars in your eyes but i was shocked when they were interviewing a caucasian Greek male about who he was going to be only for him to step out blacked up. Now i'm not up on political correctness but is that still allowed?

And then a few days later at 2pm in the afternoon i found this film. I had to take a picture of the TV screen as you would never have believed me. When i watched part of it it was rather saucy, it was an early 1970's Greek version of Carry On.

One of my favourite beaches on the island is Donkey Beach but now they seem to be advertising it as something like an animal version of "Family Guy". Here i give you Donkey Quagmire. Its spooky.

And here is Quagmire

As always every season i try to add new designs to the t-shirt you can buy from the bar. Chris Cornell was a sad addition to the collection.

Remember a few updates ago when i was having a "Rant Time" about Fabletic gym wear and women not actually wearing it for the gym. It seems even women themselves have noticed this.

And like in the news the final funny.
I was reading the free Metro paper you get at train stations and came across this unfortunate headline. Now the story is actually horrific and terrible but i think they got the staple placement a little wrong.
A slight gap needed i think.

I know its not a long informative update this time but i have lots to do today but needed to fit an update in as trying to keep it to one update every fortnight as i know you just looooooove to keep up with whats going on the rock. So i promise a longer one next time but its getting a bit cloudy and i got washing on the line, a bar owners work is never done.

So until the next one,

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