While the islands may lure visitors from the mainland during the summer months, Athens is a city to be enjoyed all year round. Avoid the tourist crowds and soak up the rich cultural life with the Greek Style Council series of insider guides to the vibrant city of Athens.
We are excited to introduce you to our 4 part series of Insider guides to Greece. A collaboration with inspirational fashion Journalists, Stylists to bring you the secret Athens – you may not know, by people that are in the know. International Journalists, Travel experts and Stylists take us through the top 3 Eat, Drink, See, Stay.
We start with Secret Places to Drink in Athens by India Doyle, a fashion journalist based in London and Athens.
Insider’s Guide to Wine Bars
By India Doyle
Voted one of the best bars in Europe, The Clumsies has helped to secure Athens’ reputation as a cocktail capital. It’s dark, atmospheric interior is always packed with the Athenian elite, draped around the bar’s signature, decadent cocktails. With such a reputation, the drinks demand, and deserve your full attention. Savour the artistry of a perfectly made Clumsies Negroni or embrace the bar’s more experimental offers – like a citrus-based mojito which comes served with a mint toothbrush – as conceived by award-winning crafstmen Vassilis Kyritsis and Nikos Bakoulis. Reservations are a must.
Those who prefer their drinks served with a flavour of classic Athens should stop by Brettos, the city’s oldest bar and distillery. Founded in 1909, the eclectic interiors house over 50 kinds of ouzo, tsipouro and raki as well as a selection of 200 wines. Much of the original furnishings have been kept, and bright bottles and wooden barrels used by Kyrie Brettos continue line the walls, shaping the unique, bustling atmosphere.
For a more relaxed vibe head to Warehouse in Exarchia. The bar has become an insider favourite thanks to its expansive and expertly chosen wine list. Choose from over 100 different variants by the glass, or browse a selection of 300 bottles, housed in the spacious wine cellar downstairs. Aficionados can also opt to curate their own private wine list for larger groups to pair with their preferences from the modern menu.
India Doyle is a fashion and editor and writer based between Athens and London. A contributor to Twin magazine,Vogue, Dazed and Confused, SHOWstudio and Culture Trip, India covers the international fashion scene and cultural life in Greece.