The Top 10 Bars In Plaka, Athens

Maria Menegaki

Also known as The Neighborhood of the Gods, this old historical district of Athens in the shadow of the Acropolis seems like a village within the city. Plaka boasts well-maintained neoclassical architecture and great nightlife options right in the city center. Here’s our guide to some of the best bars in Plaka.


1. Kimolia

Cafe, Greek, Pub Grub

Kimolia interior space
Courtesy of Kimolia
With a name meaning “chalk” in Greek, this cozy art spot is perfect both for an early morning snack with a coffee and a drink at night. Not only is Kimolia filled with amazing paintings and colorful, vintage furniture but it also hosts numerous exciting performances and exhibitions ranging from photography to jewelry all year long. Enjoy your cocktail accompanied by some tasty free appetizers and don’t miss the chance to write something on the blackboard.

2. Yiasemi


The scent of jasmine will lead you through this nostalgic gate to the past. Thanks to Yiasemi, you can enjoy your cold beer or tsipouro in one of the small lovely tables along with panoramic views of a typical narrow street for an unforgettable night.
Address & telephone number: 25 Mnisikleous, Athens, +30 2130417937

 Sideways | © Courtesy of Sideways Sideways | © Courtesy of Sideways

3. Sideways

Wine Bar, Wine

Located between Syntagma square and Plaka, this elegant bar serves an extensive list of Greek wines. Renowned for its friendly warm atmosphere, Sideways is the ideal place to relax after an exhausting day. Choose your preferred glass of wine and complement it with a large platter of top-notch cold cuts.

4. Klepsidra

Cafe, Mediterranean, Greek

© Courtesy of Brettos
Klepsidra is where you can taste some excellent drinks and filling snacks in a romantic ambiance thanks to the lovely candle-lit tables.

5. Brettos Bar

Bar, Pub Grub

Both a delightful bar and a distillery, this venue has a history that spans over a century. At Brettos colorful bottles of liquor line the stunning walls, there are old barrels of outstanding brandy and ouzo and soft music comes from a small radio.

6. Thea Terrace Bar

Bar, Snack Bar, Pub Grub

Melinas Coffee Shop
© Robert Wallace/Flickr
Crowning Plaka’s Central Hotel, an all day snack bar offers breathtaking views to Acropolis and over the city of Athens. Choose a table at the edge of the rooftop, order a cocktail and let Thea take your breath away.

7. Melina Cafe

Coffee Shop, Coffee

Devoted to the memory of the iconic actress Melina Mercouri, this inspiring place used to be a popular bakery. Melina has now evolved into a cafe-bar that aims to keep the spirit of the Old Athens alive. Pay special attention to the memorabilia and photographs inside and top off your day with a tasty snack and drink.

8. Chandelier

Bar, Pub Grub

My Mojito
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Perfectly located between Plaka and Monastiraki and close to all of the ancient highlights, this cafe-bar is ideal both for casual dining during the day or late-night drinks.

9. Boom Of The Sea

Bar, Sushi, Pub Grub, Greek

If you think you can’t find a tropical beach bar in Plaka, think again. Boom of the Sea will amaze you with its cheap exotic cocktails and a wide selection of excellent finger food options ranging from simple sandwiches to the unique version of Greek sushi.

10. Oinoscent


There’s an impressive wine list which changes every week and a decent snack menu at Oinoscent. You’ll find a large variety of both local and worldwide wines, well chosen dishes, frequent wine tasting evenings and elegant gifts that will please every wine enthusiast.
Address & telephone number: 45-47 Voulis street, Athens, +30 21 0322 9374

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