Chalandri, a northeastern suburb of Athens, is gaining more and more recognition as a top food and drink destination in town, and for good reasons. With ample options for drinks, it can easily compete with Gazi, Psirri and the numerous other bars in the city center. And with all of its bars, why limit yourself and stay the whole night in one place? As Chalandri has the other advantage of having numerous pedestrian streets, it is an ideal destination for the ultimate bar crawl – perfect for a night out with your friends. Here is a roundup of the top bars in Chalandri that you should visit when you are out and about.
Bar, Pub Grub, Greek, $$$
Mr. Peacock is a colorful and vibrant all-day bar inside a stoa (gallery) where you will feel like you’ve traveled away from Athens and to a distant exotic location. The mismatched furniture, the exquisite verdant backyard, and the laid-back atmosphere make this stylish yet casual bar, where expertly prepared cocktails are the stars of the menu, one of the top venues in Chalandri. The guys behind the bar are dead serious about their art and even invented the Draft Me Up, a cocktail on tap. The result is a flavor-packed bomb of a cocktail you wish you could drink all day, any day. All in all, once you have a taste of Mr. Peacock, it won’t be easy to break away.
Nomad is a place that understands the concept of multitasking perfectly. This bar makes killer coffee which you can also buy to take home with you. But when evening comes, the spot turns into a bar serving delicious cocktails. The bar also serves beers from some small local breweries that deserve more recognition. The whole place is a cool joint where you can hang out with your buddies.
Loukoumia (Greek donuts) and cocktails – Melouk’s concept is simple. This all-day bar caters to coffee-deprived customers in the morning, hungry stomachs for lunch and dinner, and thirsty after-work party animals later on; it’s an institution in Chalandri. Combine it with a warm atmosphere, an insanely creative menu featuring savory loukoumia, hot cocktails, homemade juices, and charming décor, and you will understand why Melouk is still making a buzz after four years.
Spiti Bar’s relaxed vibe turns it up a notch with daily DJ sets and live-music gigs on Mondays | Courtesy of Spiti Bar
Spiti Cocktail Bar
Spiti Cocktail Bar is one of Chalandri’s favorite hangouts. Attracting the crème de la crème of the city’s DJs, Spiti (which means home in Greek) serves delicious cocktails and features a spacious outdoor yard. Spend one evening at Spiti, and you will quickly feel at home.
This all-day hangout has one of the best rooftop terraces – probably the only one in Chalandri. With three areas, each with a different vibe, Big Mouth features an excellent food menu (drop by for the brunch on weekends) influenced by Italian tastes as well as an impressive cocktail list approved by mixology consultant Bar Philosophy.
Don’t think that Chalandri is only about cocktails. Funky Grape is a low-key and relaxing wine barlocated in the area. With a wine list comprising Greek and international labels, it is the place where wine lovers in Chalandri can enjoy tasty wine paired with scrumptious dishes, including savory and sweet pies, quinoa salads, and more hearty selections. Without pretending to be something it is not, Funky Grape is a refreshing contestant on Chalandri’s bar scene.
White Monkey is not your average café-bar. Covering three levels, this hangout is a little green exotic oasis in Chalandri. The menu features hearty breakfast and lunch options, excellent coffee as well as the usual drinks and beer. By night, you can enjoy tasty cocktails, such as the Black Pearl. With its exotic vibe of a beach bar in Polynesia, White Monkey is also known for its live gigs and themed parties that last past dawn.
Another nightlife hot spot in Chalandri is Theory Bar&More. With its pretty little garden, great breakfast and lunch menu, and minimalist and polished décor, Theory is the place where you can sip on tasty cocktails, listen to lovely music, and chat the night away with your buddies. Make sure to try the Fire Negroni or the Mr. Ginger – you won’t regret it.
Cocktail Bar, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Greek, $$$
Ginger is an all-day coffee and cocktail bar that stands out from the crowd of bars in the area. With bold industrial décor, dominant wood, metal, and cement elements, coupled with a few artistic creations, it is divided into two areas. The lower part has an intimate vibe where bartenders prepare coffee; choose from 14 varieties as well as innovative coffee cocktails. For the second part, the bar offers a finely curated cocktail menu, featuring eight signature drinks and a long list of classics. Of course, the bar also has a selection of pizza, burgers, and salads for the hungry ones.
Located at 9b on the quiet street of Thoukididou, 9Bita (read the ‘b’ as a ‘v,’ as in 9b) Home Bar acts like a second home for many of its customers. With its wooden floors, colorful exterior, bright interior, and its communal table, 9Bita is another all-day bar where you can enjoy food, coffee, and drinks. Cozy and warm, it is a great place to have your breakfast (or an excellent brunch on weekends), as well as a great hangout for drinks and cocktails after dusk. Order the Black Monk, created for the Angostura Challenge contest. This little baby, made with Black Bottle Scotch whisky, Angostura orange bitters, Red Chimay Beer, apple and pear syrup paired with fresh lime and ginger juice, will make you beg for an encore.