You are sure to spend many nights at Heteroclito; it is the one wine bar that will make you feel like you are in an old Parisian bistro. However, the wine list is purely Greek, featuring renowned and rare wines. With an obvious passion for wine, owner Madeleine carefully selects the wines available in her shop and often organizes events, which allows guests to discover a winery or specific variety. You can also pair your bottle with local cheese, cold cuts, and other delicacies.
Heteroclito, Petraki 30, Athens, Greece, +30 210 323 9406
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By The Glass
One of the first wine bars in Athens, By The Glass is located in a small gallery in the city center, near Syntagma and the National Gardens. You can taste around 60 wines by the glass and many other vintage varieties. The food is definitely delicious and includes bistro-style fare made with fresh ingredients. In the warmer months, choose a table outdoors, you won’t regret it.
By The Glass, Souri 3, Stoa Ralli, Athens, Greece, +30 210 323 2560
With its resolutely laid-back vibe, Cinque is an excellent address located in the nightlife hub of Psirri. This cute and humble wine bar offers a limited yet representative list of Greek wines from lesser-known vineyards. The owner and the staff easily guide you to find the best wine to satisfy your taste and can offer food pairing suggestions.
Cinque Wine & Deli Bar, Agatharchou 15, Athens, Greece, +30 215 501 7853
Oinoscent is a popular wine destination in downtown Athens. With a highly knowledgeable staff and a menu that changes regularly, Oinoscent is another great choice when it comes to discovering the world of wine. As it gets easily crowded at night, drop by late in the afternoon to secure a table, and don’t forget to take a look at the food menu – it’s worth it.
Oinoscent, Voulis 44, Athens, Greece, +30 210 322 9374
Kiki de Grèce
A quaint bistro on a pedestrian street near Syntagma, Kiki de Grèce has a menu featuring finger foods and wine-friendly dishes plus a small but strong selection of wines served by the glass. Highly popular, the place gets crowded very quickly, but its convenient location makes it worth it.
Kiki de Grèce, Ipitou 4, Athens, Greece, +30 210 321 1279
Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro
Vintage, with its old-school décor and impressive (no less than 350 labels) wine list featuring Greek and international wines, is a force to be reckoned with. With so many options, the bar offers the possibility to opt for a half glass, which allows you to sample more bottles. Last but not least, the food menu is impressive and features creative dishes made with exceptionally fresh ingredients. Vintage is excellent for an unforgettable dining experience paired with great wines.
Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, Mitropoleos 66, Athens, Greece, +30 213 029 6570