For a Glass of Beer, Wine or Booze
Greece, the country of Dionyssos, the god of wine, is the home of the first Vins de Qualite Produit Region (VQPRD) wines in history. The wines in question were from the islands of Chios and Thassos, famous since the ancient times. For a variety of historical and social reasons, and due to natural disasters, the art of wine-making declined from the mid-19th century to the early 1960s, when the traditional customs of winemaking revived. Today one can find a multitude of excellent Greek wines from every region of the country. When you taste Greek wine, bear in mind that it is the produce of excellent harvest, made from varieties of grape unknown to Western lovers of wine. Greek wines are classified in the following four categories: 1) Controlled Appellation of Origin. 2) Superior Quality Appellation of Origin 3) Local wine. 4) Table wine.
Controlled appellation of origin
Listed in the category are only sweet wines, such as the Mavrodaphne of Cephalonia and Patra, the Moschato of Patras, Limnos, Cephalonia and Rodos, and the Sweet wine of Samos.
Listed in the category of superior quality appellation of origin are some of the best wines of Greece. Some 20 locations have been designated appellation of origin. In Northern Greece are the appellations Zitsa, Amyntaio, Goumenisa and Naousa. In Halkidiki is the appellation Playies Melitona. In Thessaly are the appellations Agialos and Rapsani. In the Athens area is the appellation of Kantza. In the Peloponnese are the appellations of Patras, Mantineia, and Nemea. In the Ionian islands is the appellations Rombola Cephalinias. In the islands of Paros, Limnos, Rhodes, and Santorini are the appellations (Paros, Limnos, Rhodes and Santorini). In Crete are the appellations of origin, Arkanes, Peza, Siteia and Daphnes.
Finally the last two categories, i.e. the local and table wines, offer wine lovers pleasant, exhilarating flavors.
The Vineyard of Attica.
Attica is a traditional high quality wine producing region with a total area of vineyards of 16,346 acres. It is fortified by the mountains Hymettos, Penteli, Parnitha, Kithairon, Gerania and Mt. Father. In the coastal zone of Attica vineyard, the winds and the sea breezes blowing throughout the summer, lower the extreme temperatures, bringing the average annual temperature in the attic, about 18 degrees Celcius. The climate of the region is characterized as genuine Mediterranean, with ample sunshine, one of the greatest in Greece with favorable conditions for viticulture. In addition, the attic land, even though it is mainly barren, it has territories that have interesting variety in texture. In this way, the beneficial properties of the climate of the area led the wine growers to plant and to experiment with some more varieties, like Assirtiko, Athiri, Malagouzia, Mandilaria, but to a greater extent of the well known Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot and Syrah. Somehow, just like that, Stamata, Pallini, Pikermi, Spata, Peania, Koropi, Markopoulo, Anavissos, Megara and in other areas new vineyards where found and their respective names of local wines were approved. Within the different varieties of white grapes cultivated here are Savatiano and Roditis which are used for the production of the famous and popular Retsina which accompanies superbly the dishes of Mediterranean cuisine.
18 Iakhou & Voutadon St., Gazi, tel.: 210 347 2729
bar/club with a rooftop terrace overlooking Gazi and the Acropolis.
360° Cocktail Bar & Roof Deck
2 Hephaestou St., Monastiraki, tel.: 210 321 0006
A for Athens
2-4 Miaouli St., Monastiraki Square, tel.: 210 324 4244 www.aforathens.com
The rooftop bar of the A for Athens Hotel with a magnificent panoramic view of Athens and its inspired cocktails, is a must-visit!
A Liar Man
2 Sofroniou St., Gazi, tel.: 210 342 6322 www.aliarman.gr
bar - bistro
12 Lekka St., Karytsi Sq., tel.: 210 323 7339
wine bar - cafe - fine Greek products
Athenstyle Rooftop Bar
10 Aghias Theklas St., Monastiraki, tel.: 210 322 5010
Baba au Rum
6 Klitiou St., Syntagma, tel.: 211 710 9140 www.babaaurum.com
Acclaimed outpost whipping up inventive cocktails in a playful atmosphere, plus outdoor seating.
voted 14th among the World's 50 Best Bars!
6 Kolokotroni St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 323 0445
beer bar with over 230 excellent choices, draft or bottled, and house-made delicacies,
industrial look, smoke-free atmosphere, highly recommended by us!
25 Kolokotroni St., Stoa Praxitelous, Downtown, tel.: 210 322 9805 www.bartessera.gr
7, Voulis St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 325 4711
84 Peireos (P. Tsaldari) St., Kerameikos, tel.: 210 342 5355 www.bios.gr
By the Glass
3 Georgiou Souri & Filellinon Sts., Syntagma, tel.: 210 323 2560
Black Duck Multiplarte
9-A Christou Lada St., Karytsi Sq., tel.: 210 323 4760 www.blackduck.gr
57 Kolokotroni St., Downtown, tel.: 211 405 3733 www.boozecooperativa.com
art - bar - entertainment
41 Kydathineon St., Plaka, tel.: 210 323 2110 www.brettosplaka.com
an excellent bar with a 100-years history in the heart of Plaka. We go there often!
76 Mitropoleos St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 321 1220
1-D Kriezotou St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 361 0040
3 Voukourestiou St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 321 9340
The Clumsies ***
30 Praxitelous St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 323 2682 www.theclumsies.gr
voted 4th among the World's 50 Best Bars!
Divino Wine Case
11 Akamantos St., Thesseion, tel.: 211 400 3962
choices of wine and tasty food to accompany them
14 Kalamiotou St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 322 7130
drinks, music and dance
2 Tzireon St., Acropolis, tel.: 210 924 7069
bar - bistro
Fabrica de Vino
3 Emm. Benaki St., Omonia, tel.: 210 321 4148
32-34 Voutadon St., Gazi, tel.: 210 346 0347 www.gazarte.gr
Rooftop view of the Acropolis and Technopolis but also spacious interiors, with well-chosen music selections.
5 Praxitelous St., Syntagma, tel.: 212 104 9526
Hard Rock Cafe Athens
52 Adrianou St., Monastiraki, tel.: 210 324 5170 www.hardrock.com/athens
64 Aiolou St., Syntagma, tel.: 213 025 2284
2 Fokionos & Petraki Sts., Syntagma, tel.: 210 323 9406 www.heteroclito.gr
Horostasion Taratsa Bar
2 Skouleniou St., 4th fl., Klauthmonos Square, tel.: 210 331 4330
4, Ipitou St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 325 4575
Loukoumi Vintage Bar
3 Avyssinias Square, Monastiraki, tel.: 210 323 4812
Monk Grapes & Spirits
4 Karori Street, Agia Eirini Square, tel.: 210 321 1117
Stoa Kourtaki, 59-B Kolokotroni St., Downtown, tel.: 211 215 9534
45-47 Voulis St., Syntagma, tel.: 210 322 9374
10 Agias Eirinis Sq., Agias Eirinis Sq., tel.: 210 324 3331 www.osterman.gr
50 Sina & Anagnostopoulou Sts., Kolonaki, tel.: 210 3610 041
Taproom & Bottleshop, 86 Falirou St., Koukaki, tel.: 210 923 2146
a temple for craft beer
Tiki Bar & Restaurant
Vibrant hangout with playful decor, plus cocktails, delightful food and great DJ music.
Falirou 15, Acropolis area. tel.: 210 923 6908
10 Karytsi St., Karytsi Square, tel.: 210 331 1555
Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro
66-68 Metropoleos St., Syntagma, tel.: 213 029 6570 www.vintagewinebistro.com
2 Porinou & Ath. Diakou Sts., Acropolis, tel.: 210 922 7050
20 Eumolpidon St., Gazi, tel.: 211 400 3381 whitenoisebar.wordpress.com
music place & cafe-bar