Athens is considered as one of the most vibrant cities across Europe when it comes to nightlife. Are you looking for a cozy, speakeasy place where you can drink cocktails made by awarded bartenders? Or maybe a fancy garden with fine wine selections and some finger food? You name it, Athens ‘s got it. But what about some non-touristy and less crowded alternatives? Our city has a lot more than meets the eye.
Hidden gems in the center of Athens that can take you away from the urban vibes and make you feel like you are on an island or in the countryside. Instead of just bragging about it though, let’s dive a little deeper into some excellent examples of Athenian bars that you are absolutely going to love and can be the meeting points for your summer nights.
Six dogs - credits: sixdogs.gr
When you pass by this super-narrow street where Six Dogs is located, it is almost impossible to imagine what unravels just a few meters away from you, until you take down the stairs and see for yourself. While many people think that it is an alternative bar, playing amazing rock and/or techno sounds, there is also the garden version that is right next to the bar. Sand, wooden armchairs and mat tents are going to take your breath away and make you spend countless hours in this yard.
Tip: Six Dogs is one of our favorite places in the city and our guests usually visit it during one of our evening Athens tours.
TAF: The Art Foundation
TAF - credits: thetravellingcookie
Located in the heart of Athens, TAF: The Art Foundation is a truly amazing gallery that offers many kinds of art to its visitors. Interesting art exhibitions, green mountain tea in the morning or breezy cocktails in the evening and a warm and welcoming atmosphere are waiting for you once you open the small wooden door at 5 Normanou St. From a cool cafe in the morning to a vibrant bar with excellent music in the night, TAF can keep you entertained all day long! This bar is a well-kept secret loved by the locals and it is totally worth the visit!
Black Duck Garden
Black duck garden - credits: http://blackduckgarden.gr
Now let’s head to a place that not only looks like a classic 70’s style house but also carries a fascinating past! Interestingly, the spot where the Black Duck Garden is located nowadays used to be only a small part of the 'Garden of the Old Palace', where King Otto and his wife, Queen Amalia, had temporarily resided in 1836. The bar belongs to the garden of the Museum of the City of Athens and while being respectful to the historic importance of the space, it welcomes guests for drinks, beverages and an excellent selection of Mediterranean dishes.
La Soiree de Votanique
La Soiree De Votanique - credits: http://www.lasoireedevotanique.gr/
They say that less is more, and that is exactly what this venue is about. Simplicity and cheerfulness are two elements that characterize La Soiree De Votanique. Tentative and friendly staff and delicious finger-food are definitely going to be a great fit for a warm evening in spring and summer. What's more, the cool urban vibe and unmatched aesthetic of the place will make you want to visit it again and again!
Upupa Epops - credits: mancode.gr
Upupa Epops is the scientific name of a Eurasian hoopoe or 'Tsalapetinos' in Greek. Now, why the owners of the bar chose that name, we have no idea, but it's cute nonetheless. Once you walk in the door, you can’t help but notice the vintage urban aesthetic that is dominating the bar. Upupa Epops was awarded in 2018 for its cocktails and is now waiting for you to taste them. Fun fact: each and every juice or syrup that you are going to find there has been carefully made in-house, in order to keep authenticity and quality to the highest level.
Fuga garden - credits: www.traveltoathens.eu
Last but not least, we have a great surprise for you. The Athens Concert Hall has included an amazing bar-restaurant with a breathtaking garden. Fuga Garden has a great view that brings you closer to nature, despite it being located in the center of Athens, and gives you the opportunity to taste simple yet carefully selected dishes. Having exquisite alternative cocktails that are totally worth to try, Fuga Garden is the ultimate 'after-work-drinks' space or a great location for a romantic dinner. Make sure to discover its beauties during your stay in Athens!
What are you waiting for? Make sure to enjoy the refreshing breeze and explore local neighborhoods in Athens during the evening before heading out to one -or more!- of these amazing hidden place. Whether you are with your significant other, you are having a bachelor/bachelorette trip or the whole group of friends has decided to start a nightlife adventure in Athens, these spots are not to be left out of your itinerary!