The bars you’ll want to seek
Elena Panayides rounds up the coolest watering holes where the city’s hipster set hang out.
As the name suggests, this is where the locals go and many of them still aren’t in the know! Located in the Normanou alleyway off Ermou Street, you’ll hesitatingly enter an antique furniture shop. Past the dusty tables and chests of drawers step into the old school elevator that will gradually take you to one of Athens coolest rooftops, with a killer view and cocktails to match.
Normanou 3, Monastiraki|Tel: +30 21 6700 4917
If you’re felling in the mood for a little mystery this underground, prohibition style bar plays on American 1920s theme of being a speakeasy. If you find the door and make it underground to the correct entrance down the stairs then you’ll find incredible cocktails, great tunes and after 10pm there’s often live music too.
Lekka 12, Syntagma| Tel: Unknown
Just off Syntagma square, in the Bolani arcade this is your aperitivo and aged drinks spot, select from the barrels above the bar where Boulevadier, Dry Martinis and Negronis are elegantly ageing. There isn’t a drink you won’t find him, and the delicious food menu mean you’ll have something to line your stomach with, before you overindulge in the aged beverages.
Barreldier, Voulis 7, Stoa Bolani| Tel: +30 21 0325 4711
Just before the always happening Ay. Irene square, you’ll find Senios from the multiple-award winning team behind The Clumsies. This former material shop is now an all-day retro café boasts a long pink marble bar that’s specialty is Greek distilled drinks that pack a punch. Try the Old Fashioned with Metaxa Brandy, and revel in the classic cocktails with a nostalgic and modern twist.
Kalamiotou 15, Athens| Tel: +30 21 0331 8778