There’s no shortage of fantastic rooftop bars in Athens, the question is: which one to choose? Read Culture Trip’s guide to the best rooftop bars in Athens. The best places for getting above the noise and enjoying spectacular views of the city throughout the evening.
The Central Athens hotel offers Acropolis views and an ambient atmosphere at the heart of the city. The location within the historic centre means you can explore some of Athens’ most striking sights from above while relaxing with a delicious cocktail and enjoying meze. Open throughout the day, this is also a great spot to grab a bite or coffee in between sightseeing and shopping.
A for Athens is a boutique hotel with an intimate atmosphere. The top floor bar offers a cosy atmosphere and a chance to get up close to the Acropolis and Monastiriki square. Choose from the extensive selection of classic drinks, or enjoy a signature A for Athens cocktail.
The GB Roof Garden restaurant and bar is full-on luxury, as one might expect from the city’s leading five star hotel. This is a perfect place for a romantic evening, where visitors can enjoy the intimate setting and expertly made drinks. Choose from the extensive wine list or the delicious selection of Hotel Grande Bretagne cocktails.
Bios bar is an insider spot with a lively atmosphere and excellent drinks. Great local DJs and Acropolis views create a fun environment and it’s easy to spend a whole evening here. This is especially true as Bios doubles as a cultural venue with an eclectic programme of theatre, cinema, opera and music.
The rooftop bar at the Hilton needs no introduction. This is a chic destination for after-supper drinks or before heading out. The atmosphere is luxurious and lively, and the views are unparalleled. Modern, minimalist design adds to the experience. In the summer the terrace becomes crowded so be prepared to wait for a seat or to stand. Whatever you choose the views of Athens will keep you entertained.
Located close to Central Market in Athens, The Air Lounge roof bar at Fresh Hotel is a laid-back destination. The design hotel offers a stylish experience with carefully chosen furniture and fantastic sunset views. Choose from the selection of cocktails or relax with a beer and soak up the best of Athens from above.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, Greek, $$$
The menu at rooftop restaurant Hytra changes with the seasons | Courtesy of Hytra
Hytra is a luxurious rooftop bar and restaurant with some of the best views of Athens in the city. Located on the top floors of the Onassis Cultural Centre, visitors can choose to enjoy the Michelin starred food or simply relax with a classic cocktail. Make sure to check out the design of the space more widely; with its a futuristic design and fantastic cultural programme the Onassis Cultural Centre is worth spending some time.
Balcony restaurant and bar is a small yet lively spot in the heart of old Athens. The restaurant offers seasonal, locally-sourced plates that ensure traditional Greek recipes are delicious and fresh. And while authentic Greek cuisine is the Balcony signature you can also choose from more modern offers such as the crab risotto or sea bream in beer sauce. For drinks the Balcony is just as fun. Enjoy a glass of wine with views of the lively Koukaki area.
An urban rooftop bar with a buzzing atmosphere, Couleur Locale is a trendy spot in the centre of Athens. Opened in 2014 the bar has quickly grown into an attraction for locals and tourists alike. A mix of jazz, disco and classic rock serves as a vibrant soundtrack to enjoying affordably priced drinks. Stay late and enjoy great views of the city all night long.
New Art Lounge at NEW hotel offers great views and a trendy atmosphere. A member of the stylish YES hotel chain owned by the renowned Greek art collector Dakis Joannou, the design creates a great environment to enjoy your drinks in. There’s also an art library with over 2000 books to browse, ensuring that you’ll never be short of inspiration. There’s no better way to soak up the panoramic views of Athens.