One of Athens’ most vibrant venues, Bios attracts an artistic, alternative clientele – there is always something going on here, from live band performances to one-off exhibitions. A rambling former paint factory, the space is flexible and multifunctional, comprising two live music venues, four bars and a theatre. Visit the cosy café-bar with its raw décor and vintage furnishings to enjoy a cocktail accompanied by a live DJ or head out to the summer terrace with its spectacular view of the Acropolis.
Bios, 84 Peireos, 104 35 Athens, +30 21 0342 5335
By The Glass
Ideal for experimental types, By the Glass offers a particularly wide selection of wines – more than 150 labels, the majority from Greek vineyards, of which 50 are available by the glass. Specially sized 25ml glasses can be used for tasting and the selection available changes every month, ensuring there’s always something new to try. The bar opened relatively recently but has quickly become a local hotspot thanks to its light, airy interior and setting within the prestigious Ralli arcade. The bar is open all day; enjoy coffee or juice in the morning or pick up a sandwich for lunch before the wine list takes over.
By The Glass, 3 Georgiou Souri, 105 57 Athens, +30 21 0323 2560
In the vanguard of the modern wine bars currently opening across Athens, Oinoscent has quickly grown in popularity thanks to its smart yet casual interior and well-edited wine list. Options come from an array of sources – both old and new world vintages are available – and are complemented by a menu of light bites including moreish barley biscuits, olives and cheese platters. The bar’s ambience is relaxed and welcoming yet appropriately refined to reflect the high standard of wine served; think warm-toned walls juxtaposed with stark aluminium seating.
Oinoscent, 45-47 Voulis, 105 58 Athens, +30 21 0322 9374
As the name suggests, the cocktails at Tailor Made are all made to order and carefully tailored to each customer’s individual taste. The bar’s interior is similarly individual, with a rustic feel and a range of bespoke artworks inspired by fashion and clothing adorning the walls. For teetotal visitors, Tailor Made’s commitment to high-quality coffee is the perfect alternative to alcohol; each cup uses ecologically sourced beans from the world’s most acclaimed producers, roasted on-site.
Tailor Made, 2 Plateia Agias Eirinis, 105 60 Athens, +30 21 3004 9645
A Liar Man
Set slightly off the beaten track in Gazi, this charming bar has an unusual style that is sure to appeal to those seeking something a little out of the ordinary. A series of characterful interlocking rooms make up the space, each featuring whitewashed walls adorned with hand-drawn art and vintage poster prints. The bar staff are full of personality, regaling patrons with tales while effortlessly preparing complex cocktails; the varied menu features everything from apple martinis to sweet strawberry daiquiris and exotic mai tais.
A Liar Man, 2 Sofroniou, 118 54 Athens, +30 21 0342 6322