Famous for its relaxed nightlife, Athens is a city that knows how to deliver delicious cocktails. From specialist bars to more relaxed evening spots, read on for Culture Trip’s guide to the best cocktail bars in Athens.
A small and insider spot located up from the far busier The Bank Job, Kolokotroni 9 is an intimate yet lively cocktail bar. The venue regularly hosts DJ sets, and the cocktail list offers classic cocktails as well as some quirkier house creations. Whatever you choose, expect to enjoy it – Kolokotroni 9 knows how to mix a perfect drink.
The Clumsies is both a bar and a standout breakfast spot | Courtesy of The Clumsies
Located close to Monastiraki, The Clumsies is a buzzing spot and favourite hangout amongst Athenians. The bar offers a large, atmospheric indoor space over two floors. The interior design is vintage and thoughtfully chosen, fuelling a sense of decadent escapism whatever the hour you might choose to stop by. Given that The Clumsies is currently considered to be the 6th best bar in the world, it’s no surprise that the cocktails here are excellent. As you’ll find out, delicious drinks coupled with a vibrant atmosphere proves to be a potent combination.
The stylish and vibrant bar known as Blue Parrot is a hidden gem worth seeking out. Located in Metaxourgeio in the heart of the area, this is a bar that’s perfect for pre-dinner drinks, before heading out to one of the restaurants nearby. The large, open space has a great atmosphere and is always busy. In the summer, turquoise tables outside are full late into the night, where Athenians meet to enjoy the stylish ambience.
Stepping inside Noel, a luxury bar in the centre of Athens, is like transporting yourself to a different country altogether. As with much of Athens, the lively, expansive and buzzing interior is near-indistinguishable from outside. Through the Art Deco doors, huge rooms are packed with people who are there to soak up the festive, ornate interiors while enjoying their expertly made drinks. At peak hours, service can be a little slow, and you might need to wait for a table.
Galaxy Bar is the Hilton’s iconic rooftop bar and offers fantastic city views as well as expertly made cocktails. Throughout the year, the bar is a meeting spot for locals as well as visitors, and the atmosphere is luxurious without being intimidating or pretentious. Drinks are expertly made though on the more costly side for drinks in Athens. Get there to watch the sunset, and then enjoy watching the city at night.
Alexandrinó is an intimate café and bar on a buzzing strip of Em Benaki. The spot is an excellent place to hang out during the day but really comes into its own at night, when the ornate interiors and friendly crowd create the perfect evening atmosphere. Cocktails are well made and without frills. There’s nothing complicated about Alexandrinó, just old-fashioned attention to detail and an enjoyable sense of ease.
Tiki Bar is one of Athens’ alternative destinations. The bar offers a punk, indie vibe and delicious, punchy cocktails that will guarantee your evening starts off right. The mixologists behind the bar make a range of rarer cocktails, including Zombies, ‘Death Wish’, ‘Evil Dead’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’. The list is very extensive, and there are all kinds of options to choose from.
The local favourite Chelsea Hotel is a small yet lively bar located on the corner of Archimidous and Proklou streets. Throughout the day, the seats outside are full of coffee drinkers, and the scene effortlessly transitions to drinks later in the evening. The cocktail list is classic, and the atmosphere is always fun. Enjoy your drink and the great people-watching around the bar.
Located in the buzzing Agias Eirinis (Saint Irene) Square, Tailor Made makes coffee with different creative blends. Drop by for a tea or coffee during the day, and then stay for cocktails (there’s a great list) in the evening. The central location also makes it an ideal place to head out from. Service is friendly, and the spot is always buzzy.