Athens, the vibrant capital of Greece, and my new favourite city! This was my first trip to the ancient hub as well as mainland Greece – it’s nothing like the thousands of charming little islands scattered amongst the Cyclades or Dodecanese areas that I have spent many weeks hopping around!
I was lucky enough to spend two nights and two full days exploring and learning about this historic place, and of course the first things on my list included a visit to the Acropolis and an open top bus tour (some frown upon this but it’s hands down the best way to take in all of the sights, especially if you’re short on time.)
However, Athens is also renowned for its nightlife and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! If you’re after some ideas of the best bars to sample local and exotic tipples, look no further…
1) A for Athens
This swanky rooftop bar is, in my opinion, one of the best bars in Athens, not only for it’s fantastic array of cocktails but it boasts arguably the best panoramic view of the city and the Acropolis.
It’s located above the main square just outside the Plaka district (around a 5 minute walk) , and the beige building with the arched windows is the Monastiraki metro station, so it’s very easy to access.
Rooms and apartments are also available – they are simple and modern and a great central base. If you’re looking to go for a drink or bite to eat, particularly on weekends, I would recommend making a reservation as it’s hugely popular with locals and tourists alike.
Address: Miaouli 2, Athens 105 54
Closest Metro: Monastiraki
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / (+30) 210 3244244
2) 360 Cocktail Bar
360 is located just a stone’s throw from A for Athens, with a similar breathtaking view from the adjacent side of the Monastiraki Square.
A fantastic array of cocktails is on offer, I opted for a ‘Heatwave’ made with Russian Vodka, jalapeños, oregano, agave and lime. It was delicious and left my mouth tingling! You can grab a cocktail here for around €10.
Closest Metro: Monastiraki
Contact: (+30) 210 3210006
Brettos is sensational. It’s the oldest distillery in the city and is located amongst the cobbles in the Plaka district. It first started operating in 1909 and I’m sure it remains as traditional and charming as it was back then.
Tourists stop by to take photos, and sample one of the many Ouzos on offer, as well as lovely cocktails and wine tasting menus which are available between 10am and 6pm everyday. It’s also a really sociable and fun atmosphere, with long trestle like tables, great for mingling with the locals!
Address: Kidathineon 41, Athens 105 58, Greece
Closest Metro: Acropolis or Syntagma
Contact: email@example.com / (+30) 210 3232110