Thessaloniki is certainly known for its vibrant nightlife and the same can be said concerning its wine bars, which cover a wide range of establishments, from casual joints to more elaborated addresses. The humble grape has a bright future in Greece’s second city. Need some proof? Here are the top wine bars you can find in Thessaloniki.
Hidden in Morgkentaou street, a small street lined with listed buildings off Mitropoleos, Bientôt is a wine cellar which specializes in natural wine. Housed in a beautiful building with a minimalist and sleek décor, Bientôt has the flair of an art gallery, but don’t let that fool you, as you will find a serious collection of French and Greek labels. Ring the bell at the door, step inside, and enter a new world where you can taste, learn, and discuss all things wine if you are lacking the relevant know-how.
Forget what you know about wine bars and discover Chilai, a café, wine bar, and restaurant under the same roof. Here, you can enjoy coffee, snacks, and fresh juices in the morning, while past 1:00 p.m., the joint serves delicious, meat-based food. Have a look at the wine list with more than 100 labels from Greece and beyond. If cocktails are your kind of poison, you will certainly love the cocktail menu carefully crafted by the on-site mixologists. Add to this a warm and welcoming staff, a beautifully decorated interior, and a casual atmosphere, and you will understand why Chilai has a strong following.
Sinatra espresso wine bar, Thessaloniki | Courtesy of SINATRA
This cute little espresso/wine bar may just be a favorite among locals. Drop by for your morning pick-me-up and sample delicious coffee and warm beverages in a chill ambiance or pop by later in the afternoon for after-work drinks with your BFFs. Sinatra‘s wine list includes Greek and foreign labels, as well as a few wine-based cocktails that can accompany the selection of dishes prepared by the chef’s expert hands. Or you could simply choose a delicious plate of cheese and charcuterie.
A welcoming environment, Souel Wine Concept Bar is another address in Thessaloniki where wine shines. With labels from Greece, Europe, and far-flung countries such as New Zealand, Chile, and South Africa, the wine cellar includes a fantastic variety of bottles that would satisfy even the most demanding customer. Pair your choice with delicious dishes and savor your evening. Like what you’re drinking? You can buy a bottle at cellar price to take home with you. We certainly won’t judge you!
The Valaoritou district is undeniably our favorite when it comes to nightlife and entertainment in Thessaloniki—the profusion of cool and trendy hotspots is simply proof of that fact. If you are craving good wine while in the area, head straight to Gaspard. While jazz and soul tunes fill the air, you can slurp some delicious wine or wine-based cocktails. Besides, the owners of this charming French-inspired joint are educated when it comes to wine and wine-producing techniques and can definitely point you in the right direction, should you need some help.
The White Rabbit, Thessaloniki | Courtesy of White Rabbit
Housed in a former warehouse in the White Tower district, White Rabbit is an ideal place to relax, have delicious wine, and more. In the morning, White Rabbit serves breakfast, light meals, and coffee while past 2:00 p.m., wines, cocktails, and delicious dishes are the stars of the menu. You may be lucky enough to catch one of the many art exhibitions and events hosted regularly on the premises.
Nestled in the center of town, Sommelier is a chic wine and espresso bar where you can sample delicious coffee in the morning and refined wines in the afternoon. An interesting wine menu featuring an extensive range of wines. With a laid-back vibe and a rich agenda with wine presentations, seminars, and tastings, Sommelier is a place where you will feel in good hands.