Brew Str., near Syntagma, is a craft beer mecca and bottle shop stocking an enormous range of Greek and imported beers. Some local heroes include Flaros with their four-beer-range inspired by American classics and Clepsydra (it means hourglass) who brew their citrus-spiked debut Just In Time IPA, on the island of Chios.
Barley Cargo has possibly Athens’ longest draft beer tap and an even bigger bottled beer selection. You’ll find over 350 different varieties, over 140 from Greek microbreweries and a sizeable showing of Athenian brewers. Among them Noble Men, by veteran brewer Pavlos Kotsidis, a noir-ish brand inspired by Pavlos’ love for gothic literature and Raymond Chandler novels. Red Grizzly American pale ale and Holy Strength Abbey Triple are two top picks.
Over in Pangrati, the walls of Berlin by Five Drunk Men are obscured beneath labels, bottle tops and beer memorabilia. They run original events like the barrel-aged festival, where beers are marinated in wine and whisky casks. Get your hands around a Strange Brew—a brilliant beer from a creative crew of Athenian brewers; recognisable by the punchy artwork of a siren called Jasmine.
Just five minutes walk from Monastiraki Square is Tales of Ales. Although this craft beer pub opened in late 2018, it has that timeless feel possessed by all good drinking joints. It is an intimate but lively spot to enjoy an impressive selection of Greek and international craft brews—with many on tap.