Athens has always had a roaring nightlife, but today the city takes the art of making cocktails very seriously indeed. Athens is home to one of Europe’s most creative bartender communities, increasingly earning global accolades and even giving cities like New York and London a run for their money. Yes, there’s a new international mindset. But it’s also down to a fresh confidence about weaving local identity into menus (many bartenders now work with native herbs and elixirs.
“The Athens bar scene has come to be considered one of the most emerging in the world,” says Simon Difford, the man behind the international drinks bible, Difford’s Guide for Discerning Drinkers. “The Greeks are very hospitable by nature, so you’ll feel at home the moment you pull up a stool at the bar.”
It’s not just the quality of Athens’ bars that has visitors to the city raving about the singular nightlife. It’s more about a life philosophy that puts a high priority on having a good time and living for the moment. In Athens, you’re made to feel welcome wherever you go—from the dodgiest dive bar to the hippest hangout or all-time classic bar. The action is all mostly within walking distance. And you can stay out as late as you like (please do, you’re in Athens) and still feel safe.