The Artist, opened 2012, is a cute café-bar situated far to the north of the centre of the city, in what must definitely be one of the “here be dragons!” zones for most travellers and tourists in Athens. It certainly belongs to those hangouts for which a single photograph just isn’t enough. It’s on the first floor (second, if you’re American!) of an old building; the staircase leading up to it is all painted and drawn on and has little Christmas lights. The entrance to the building itself is almost covered in posters. That’s just for entreés.
Doing its name full justice, The Artist is furnished with recycled “trash”, hosts temporary art exhibitions and tango lessons (on Wednesdays), has concerts usually on the weekends and often features theatre plays. In fact, that is how I got to know the place: the drama group I participate in has rehearsals here several times every week. When the weather is warm enough to stage a performance at night outside, that is late May-early June, we’re going to bring the play we’re working on right now and use the cafe-bar’s isolated back garden for booze, summer & drama nights. The prices aren’t the cheapest but then again, the northern suburbs are the posh ones.
Its only short-coming is its remote location, but that is easily solvable: central trolleybus line 10 has its terminus right outside it: you can even see the “antennae” of the buses waiting to leave from inside the café!