When I’m going out, it’s rare that I start my night somewhere other than Platia Varnava, right next to my apartment in Pangrati. No matter how I feel or what time it is, I find myself heading to Cafe Varnava, right there on the square. It’s just a straightforward cafe and bar (with an exceptional charcuterie platter too). But when the weather is nice—and, now that I think about it, even when it’s not—everyone grabs a table outside under one of the big trees, and you can stay there all day and night, chatting and catching up over a beer or a glass of wine.
I have a few go-tos on nights where I feel like getting a little dancey, and almost all of them are in or very close to Exarchia. Tsin Tsin is in the top 10 for me and apparently for half of Athens because that place is always packed. But the music there is always interesting, and the decor is fantastically eclectic. If you go on a weekend, especially if you’re going after 1am, it will be extremely crowded, but on weekdays it’s pretty much the perfect spot.
It can be kind of hard to spot this bar, but you’ll know you’re at Falaina when you see the neon whale on the back wall. This dive bar is narrow, tucked into a bar-heavy area on Asklipiou Street in Exarchia. If you’re looking for a fun, casual spot for a quick (or not so quick) cocktail, Falaina is a good choice. They have DJs that spin interesting sets throughout the week, so check their Facebook to see who’s playing.