5 hottest bars in Athens
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Baba Au Rum
Now why does it abbreviate to B.A.R.?
Taking its name from a cake soaked in hard liquor, you would expect they take their booze seriously here. You’d be right. Just south of Parliament Square, Baba Au Rum serves a vast variety of cocktail concoctions, with all the classics and many of their own making. Given the name, rum drinks dominate but, with friendly bartenders on hand, they’ll mix whatever you fancy. The mood is chilled, the music is old pop, the idea is to linger!
6 Kleitou Street, Athens
Tel: + 30 211 7109140 www.babaaurum.com/en
Greek island on the mainland
Why skip off to one of Greece’s islands when you can have just as grand a time in Athens? In summer, the most glamorous clubs set up shop on the coast, and the hippest of the hip is Island. With décor inspired by the Cyclades, and a sea-view terrace with flickering candlelight, this club is gorgeous. Add ambient, oriental, ethnic and mainstream music plus celebrities and sports personalities, and this is one sexy island to explore.
Tel: + 30 210 965 3563 www.islandclubrestaurant.gr
Tel: +30 210 894 1620 www.baluxcafe.com
Beach party for the beautiful
Be seen in the scene. This sea-front designer resort in its fashion-conscious suburb is the place to get your celebrity on. Apart from boasting a restaurant, health bar, steam bath and yoga space, you can also shake your perfectly-toned bottom on the outdoor dance floor, with international DJ’s kicking off around noon. Don’t forget your suntan lotion, everything else you can find here: from tanned babes and boys to long and tall cocktails!
Vassileos Georgiou B No. 58 Asteria, Glyfada
Tel: + 30 210 324 4244 www.aforathens.com
A for Athens
Make the most of the city's past
Athens has always brimmed with history but its cup also overfloweth with uber-modern bars. One of the most popular rooftop cocktail bars is A for Athens. (You’re unlikely to forget that name.) Hugely popular with both locals and travellers, it’s open-air terrace makes the most of the city’s past, with awesome views of the Acropolis and Parthenon. But this is no museum. It’s loud music and club central every weekend! We give it an A+.
Miaouli 2-4, Monastiraki
Tel: +30 21 0644 1215 http://balthazar.gr/?lang=en
Be treated like an emperor
Once the home of a famous starlet, this neoclassical abode, with its magnificent interior and sumptuous courtyard, is possibly the most desired address in town. Complete with outstanding restaurant, Balthazar is also famous for its drinks, with two choices of bars, including a golden-lit garden where trees stand guard as fanciful cocktails and rare wines are offered up to you like you’re the emperor. Called Balthazar.
27 Tsocha St Ambelokipi