The Best Places for Craft Beer in Athens, Greece

Beer & Pizza, from Brewklyn, Glyfada, Greece
Beer & Pizza, from Brewklyn, Glyfada, Greece | © Brewklyn
Ethel Dilouambaka

Beer lovers unite! Are you looking for some great spots to indulge in some craft brews in Athens? Look no further, as we have just what you need. Forget commercial beers and head straight to these bars in the Greek capital where you can enjoy craft beer with locals.

1. Brewklyn

Bar, Contemporary

Brewklyn, Glyfada
© Brewklyn

A cool hangout for beer lovers, Brewklyn, in the southern suburb of Glyfada, is perfect if you want to sample a wide variety of craft beer. The menu includes over 80 bottles, listed according to the type of beer, with the country of origin. For any questions you may have, the staff, who are true beer lovers, will help point you in the right direction. At Brewklyn, you will have the chance to discover local beers too, along with flavorful and hearty pizzas.

2. Spirtokouto

Bar, Craft Ale Bar, Contemporary

Spirtokouto bar Petralona
© Spirtokouto

Located in the residential area of Petralona, Spirtokouto (Matchbox) is one of those places where you feel like you have stepped into a different world. Spirtokouto, with its 1980s memorabilia and games, its walls adorned with handwriting and arcade game by the entrance, has more Insta-worthy accents than your average bar. Also, on top of its cool and relaxed atmosphere, it serves delicious local craft beers, yummy pizzas and a plethora of cocktails. Drop by in the evening to mingle with the locals, or take advantage of the fast Internet connection to catch up on some emails during the day.

3. Brew Str.

Wine Seller, Boteco, Contemporary

A recent addition on Nikis Street, Brew Str. has already established itself as a reference when it comes to all things beer. Offering an array of Greek craft beers, Brew Str. also sells brews from abroad, including Belgium, Spain, Germany and many others. Owned by beer lovers, Brew Str. often hosts tasting sessions and other promotional events where you can discover new local suds. What more do you need?

4. BeerTime

Craft Ale Bar, Contemporary

BeerTime, Psyrri
© BeerTime

In the hip area of Psyrri, BeerTime is another main beer venue in Athens. Centrally located, BeerTime is often the bar you stop at for a quick beer but end up staying until late thanks to its relaxing atmosphere (especially if you are sitting outside on the square in the summer evenings), its ample and varied menu, and simply because it’s good. From local beers on tap to an international selection, BeerTime prides itself on being one of the top beer venues in the Greek capital.

5. Hops Beers n Burgers

Craft Ale Bar, Contemporary

Located on the pedestrian street of Drakou, in Koukaki, Hops Beers n Burgers is a reference when it comes to, well, beers and burgers. The latter includes a variety of bold options, such as the vegetarian portobello burger or the satisfying buffalo cheeseburger. Beer-wise, you will be happy to learn that the beer list offers over 40 local and international labels, and for the adventurous ones, the cocktail menu includes a few beer-based concoctions as well. Cheers!

6. The Local Pub

Craft Ale Bar, Pub, Contemporary

Bourbon County 2013 on tap
© The Local Pub

As one of the most referenced beer venues in Athens, The Local Pub, in Halandri, is a paradise. With an impressive collection of specialty bottled beers and a wide range of draught beer, it is one of the best places to enjoy some refreshing drinks in a smoke-free environment in Athens. Strike up a conversation with the knowledgeable staff, or stay for the music and a game on the big screens. Just make sure you are not too hungry as The Local Pub hardly has a food menu, though this doesn’t prevent it from getting crowded at night.

7. The Lazy Bulldog Pub

Craft Ale Bar, Pub, Contemporary

Lazy Bulldog Pub
© The Lazy Bulldog Pub

Right across from Technopolis, The Lazy Bulldog Pub has also quickly seduced crowds thanks to its impressive beer list, its experienced staff and tasty menu, which includes traditional pub fare. The bar has a selection of Greek microbrews on tap, but if you are in doubt, the staff can easily recommend a beer to suit your taste. It’s a must-visit if you are in the center of Athens and want to enjoy some quality brews.

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