After you dance your way through dinner, you’ll be ready for a night on the town. The Keramikos-Metaxourgio neighbourhood nearby is a great area for both cheap drinks and snacks. Athenians like to accompany their ouzo, beer, or cocktails with nibbles. Kafeneio Louis is an informal local hang-out with inexpensive beers and sharing plates, like beetroot and potato salads, cheese, and sausage. But this place is also known for its jazz music. It’s small, so it gets crowded quickly, but that’s all part of the atmosphere there.
Equally small and cosy, To Laini is a Cretan bar and restaurant just a five-minute walk away. Everything sticks with the Cretan theme: from the music (which is often live) to the alcohol. Make sure to try some tsipouro, or raki, a strong, clear spirit that Cretans love, made from leftovers in the winemaking process. Since raki is best paired with seafood, order the mussels and a traditional Cretan dakos salad, made of hard rusks topped with grated tomato, soft goat’s cheese, and plenty of olive oil. Give the juices some time to soak into the rusk; it’ll make it easier to bite.