Athens drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Syntagma & Plaka

The Clumsies

Look for the red neon in the hallway of this discreet bar that fills your coffee and creative cocktail needs. Founded by three award-winning bartenders, it's very serious about its drinks, but the atmosphere is defi…
Top Choice Bar in Monastiraki & Psyrri


One of the best of Athens' breed of maximalist-designed cafe-bars, Noel's slogan is 'where it's always Christmas' – meaning the candlelit cocktail-party kind of Christmas, no Santa suits required. Under softly glimm…
Top Choice Club in Omonia & Exarhia


Based in the former offices of famous, but now defunct, magazine Romantso, this diamond of a creative hub has multiple facets. It's an all-day cafe-bar, there are DJ dance parties pretty much every weekend and they …
Top Choice Bar in Filopappou Hill, Thisio & Petralona

Upopa Epops

This lovely bar-restaurant is one of the reasons Petralona is considered a just-the-right-amount-of-cool neighbourhood. It has numerous rooms filled with vintage furniture and a pretty courtyard, the food and drinks…
Top Choice Coffee in Filopappou Hill, Thisio & Petralona

The Underdog

Far from underdogs, the championship-winning baristas here really know how to make a decent cup of coffee. This speciality coffee roasters and cafe-bar occupy a roomy location with a shaded courtyard to the rear and…
Top Choice Bar in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Couleur Locale

Look for the entrance to this rooftop bar down a narrow pedestrian lane, then inside the arcade. From there, an elevator goes to the 3rd floor and its lively all-day bar-restaurant. It's a go-to spot for Athenians w…
Top Choice Bar in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Six d.o.g.s.

The core of this super-creative events space is a rustic, multilevel back garden, a great place for quiet daytime chats over coffee or a relaxed drink. From there, you can head in to one of several adjoining buildin…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Syntagma & Plaka

Baba Au Rum

As the name implies, the focus here is on rum drinks, with an excellent selection of rarer Caribbean rums and a whole range of cocktails, from classic tiki drinks to new inventions. This is just one of a handful of …
Top Choice Cafe in Gazi, Keramikos & Metaxourgio

Blue Parrot

Lashes of hanging greenery and a laid-back vibe both inside and outside around the turquoise-blue painted chairs and tables, make the Blue Parrot one of the area's most pleasant spots to hang out over a drink.
Top Choice Cafe in Acropolis Area

Little Tree Book Cafe

This friendly social hub is much beloved by neighbourhood residents, who go for books (they stock a small selection of translated Greek authors here), but also excellent coffee, cocktails and snacks.