Argiris Veniamin

© Dimosthenis Papadopoulos, BeerBartender

Pleasant, smiling and social. Those who have seen him do not have to accuse him of a negative. Argyris Veniamin is not the “Benjamin”, the small, of the industry. If you do not have a drink from his hands, he will certainly drink from yours, in one of his visits as Brand Ambassador, to your business.

  • Since when have you been working in bars?

Since 2003.

  • How did you decide to involve with bartending?

For the extra money.

  • What makes your job exciting?

The spirits.

  • Do you prefer a Hotel Bar or a Bar?

Bar. In contrast with the hotel restaurants, there are little hotels which make good use of their bars.

  • City or island?

As I am from a highly tourist destination, what I always wanted was to live in the rhythms of a city, so until now I am enjoying my life in Athens.

  • Greece or abroad?

I haven’t lived abroad and I would like to do it, so that I could tell you with certainty.

  • What’s your favorite spirit, ingredient and cocktail?

Whisky, citrus, Whisky Crusta.

  • Which is your favorite beer?

Kirki Pale Ale.

  • Do you have a favorite technique or tool?

Throw and Shaker.

  • Favorite travel destination?


  • Is the customer, always right?

No, but neither the bartender is always right!

  • What’s the level of bartending in Greece today?

I think we have a very good level.

  • Are you reading about the industry?

What I am reading now it the Mac Lean’s Miscellany of Whisky and I would highly recommend it.

  • What does it mean or what it should mean “I won in a bartending competition”?

Definitely publicity, but there are plenty of variables that define how a win will work for each one.

  • In a festival/bartending exhibition you would go for a walk, for the trip, for networking or education?

For all the above.

  • What or who would we say that is inspiring you at your job?

The unlimited development you can have in the industry.

  • What are the elements, the ideal bartender should have?

Perception – Patience – Insight. And a very good liver…

  • Seminar or Tasting/Pairing?

Both for a different result.

  • Bartender or Ambassador?

Bartender Ambassador 😊

  • Where would you take us for a drink?

At Spoiled Bar in Daphne and at Jazz in Jazz in Kolonaki.

  • You drink your beer….?

With a shot of whisky.

Upupa Epops

7 Alkminis str, Athens

Dimitris Rimpopoulos, is a bartender from Athens. He worked at several bars in Athens and Hotel-bars on islands (Mykonos, Paros etc). He collaborates with BeerBartender at BeerLab and Beer & Bar Magazine.

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