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The phenomenon of wine bars in Athens is quite recent; prior to this dynamic explosion, spending an evening savoring top Greek and foreign wines meant going to fancy and expensive restaurants where the bill was equally impressive. But the recent growth of wine bars around the city has made it more accessible, introducing it to a broader public. Today, Athens boasts a dynamic wine bar scene, so here is a selection of the best spots in town.
One of the first wine bars in Athens, By The Glass is located in a small gallery in the city center, near Syntagma and the National Gardens. You can taste around 60 wines by the glass and many other vintage varieties. The food is definitely delicious and includes bistro-style fare made with fresh ingredients. In the warmer months, choose a table outdoors, you won’t regret it.
Oinoscent is a popular wine destination in downtown Athens. With a highly knowledgeable staff and a menu that changes regularly, Oinoscent is another great choice when it comes to discovering the world of wine. As it gets easily crowded at night, drop by late in the afternoon to secure a table, and don’t forget to take a look at the food menu – it’s worth it.
Oinoscent, Voulis 44, Athens, Greece, +30 210 322 9374
A quaint bistro on a pedestrian street near Syntagma, Kiki de Grèce has a menu featuring finger foods and wine-friendly dishes plus a small but strong selection of wines served by the glass. Highly popular, the place gets crowded very quickly, but its convenient location makes it worth it.
Characterized by a dynamic atmosphere, Fabrica de Vino is a place where the focus is put on wine and good wine alone. Offering a selection of Greek wines, including from small wineries around the country, Fabrica also has a menu which offers a good variety of cheese, mezzes with Greek ingredients, or Spanish pinchos and tapas. Let your prejudice about the area be pushed aside for a night and try it out – you won’t be disappointed.
Fabrica de Vino, Emanouil Benaki 3, Athens, Greece, +30 210 3214148