Athens by night
For a tourist, Athens by night is a very different place to Athens by day. In the daylight hours you might take an Acropolis tour or visit Athens Central Market, the Byzantine Museum or Monastiraki Flea Market. But when night falls, the Greek capital really comes to life. There’s a distinct urban, arty, underground scene to the nightlife in Athens. Here are our recommendations to help you escape the tourist traps and to discover some of the quirkiest and best bars in Athens.
Famous for its extensive selection of ouzo liquor, Brettos is the oldest distillery in Athens. Hard to miss when walking through the historic centre of the city, the bar’s walls are decorated with hundreds of coloured bottles and lights. Seating within the bar comes at a premium, but it is well worth a visit for the relaxed atmosphere and historic setting. Brettos also features a good list of local Greek wines for non-ouzo aficionados.
Six Dogs Athens
An Athenian gem with an unassuming and somewhat grungy exterior, Six Dogs is well worth exploring. To reach the bar, you have to walk through a short tunnel from street level before entering a multi-levelled outdoor garden, complete with low tables, lush foliage, a very respectable drinks menu - and a super cool crowd. Six Dogs is best enjoyed after dark when its twinkling fairy lights add a magical aura the garden.
TAF - The Art Foundation
TAF is another somewhat hidden bar. Located behind an unmarked door in a winding ally in Athens’ vibrant Monastiraki flea market, you may think you are entering a derelict building. Persevere and find the vibrant courtyard bar. Always buzzing with locals, TAF is perfect for an afternoon aperitif or for spending a chilled evening catching up with friends. A soundtrack of funky global beats in addition to the art and fashion pop-ups in the rooms surrounding the courtyard bar, all add to the atmosphere and bely the bar’s roots as an art foundation.
When looking for a themed bar, you would be hard pushed to find one that commits itself as entirely to its mission as Little Kook. Located in Psyrri the bar transforms itself, and the surrounding streets, into the embodiment of its theme. The designs remain there for several months before the bar closes for a period of two weeks and transforms into its next magical theme. Recent decor at Little Kook has included a fantastically decorative Christmas theme (yes, even into February) and the magical world of Mary Poppins. Currently Little Kook is all dressed up for Halloween and we can’t wait to visit again soon!
It’s holiday season all year round at Noel Athens. Located in Downtown Athens, Noel exudes quirky charm and warmth; shying away from the cheesier iterations of festive décor, Noel’s art deco design complete with gold embellishments, green garlands and graceful chandeliers, creates a fairytale atmosphere inside - while a host of outdoor tables make the bar a perfect location for al fresco summer drinks. Noel’s cocktail menu has received international acclaim. A menu of modern European classics is also on offer for those wanting to enjoy a bite to eat.
360 rooftop Bar
Located across the square from the A for Athens hotel, 360 rooftop bar offers the same iconic panoramic views across bustling Monastiraki Square, towards the iconic Acropolis. This outdoor rooftop bar is spacious and pleasantly full of greenery, making for a truly relaxing experience. 360 bar is the ideal place to sip a cocktail whilst watching as the sun sets over Athens, or the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious glass of wine at night whilst marvelling at the Acropolis in all its illuminated glory.
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