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.
Bar, Bistro, Wine Bar, Greek, Pub Grub, $$$
You are sure to spend many nights at Heteroclito; it is the one wine bar that will make you feel like you are in an old Parisian bistro. However, the wine list is purely Greek, featuring renowned and rare wines. With an obvious passion for wine, owner Madeleine carefully selects the wines available in her shop and often organizes events, which allows guests to discover a winery or specific variety. You can also pair your bottle with local cheese, cold cuts, and other delicacies.
Wine Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Greek, European, Wine, Beer, $$$
By the glass Athens, Athina | Courtesy of By The Glass
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.
With its resolutely laid-back vibe, Cinque is an excellent address located in the nightlife hub of Psirri. This cute and humble wine bar offers a limited yet representative list of Greek wines from lesser-known vineyards. The owner and the staff easily guide you to find the best wine to satisfy your taste and can offer food pairing suggestions.
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.
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Kiki de Grèce
Restaurant, Wine Bar, Bistro, Bar, Greek, Mediterranean, $$$
Kiki de Grèce, Athens | Courtesy of Kiki De Grèce
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.
Vintage, with its old-school décor and impressive (no less than 350 labels) wine list featuring Greek and international wines, is a force to be reckoned with. With so many options, the bar offers the possibility to opt for a half glass, which allows you to sample more bottles. Last but not least, the food menu is impressive and features creative dishes made with exceptionally fresh ingredients. Vintage is excellent for an unforgettable dining experience paired with great wines.
Don’t think that the city center is the only place where you can enjoy good wines at reasonable prices. Located in Petroupoli, Wine Up is a wine bar where you can discover wines from smaller and lesser-known wineries from different parts of the country. Featuring over 200 Greek labels, the wine list focuses on natural or organic wines, all of which are offered at reasonable prices.
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.
BoBo Wine Bar is a place where you can enjoy a great assortment of Greek and international labels in a relaxing atmosphere. Providing an excellent experience, the staff is attentive to your desires and tries to find the best bottles according to your tastes. And on the nights that you need a bit more than a glass of wine, know that BoBo also has a selection of wine-based cocktails and various dishes influenced by the local cuisine.
WinePoint is conveniently located very close to the Acropolis Museum. The bar offers an excellent selection of wines from Greece. With more than 270 different labels from around the country, the wine list includes a section of 30 wines you can try by the glass, and they start at the democratic price of five euros. As for savory bites, the cold cuts and cheese are particularly tasty.