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All-time classics


48 Urban Garden
A retro silver food truck is at the heart of an outgoing aesthetic approach where design flirts with the idea of a garden on the ground floor of the Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center. Street food meets comfort food in its filling salads, bao buns, torta Cubano and generous burgers and steaks, while the cocktails recommended by the bartenders of this hip, youthful hangout with the art-loving clientele, are wonderful.
(Armatolon & Klefton 48, tel. 2130281866, www.48urbangarden.gr - Metro: Ambelokipi)




The fact that this buzzy, all-day venue has a permanently festive atmosphere is hardly surprising when you consider that its name is French for “Christmas”. With dark burgundy walls, retro fixtures, lions, sconces with crystals and golden details, it’s found in the Kourtaki arcade, having also placed tables at the pedestrian street. It opens early with coffee and simple suggestions for food (salads, cheese and cold meat platters, pizzas), but the ace up its sleeve is the bar. Its two bars, actually, where Yiannis Korovesis and his team prepare masterfully crafted original cocktails.
(Kolokotroni 59Β, tel. 2112159534 - Metro: Monastiraki / Syntagma)




Its hall with a wooden ceiling and design furniture from the ’50s and ’60s is an actual eulogy to stylish and colourful mix and match, while you can also sit at the orangerie surrounded by the garden’s trees, which results in an urban-meets-countryside effect. Offering a cuisine of Mediterranean roots and compelling Greek character, along with a nice collection of well-made cocktails, Artisanal is one of Kifissia’s hot spots and well worth working in your agenda.
(Zirini 2, tel. 2108086111, www.artisanal.gr - Metro: Kifissia)


Small, with a winning after office aspect, it ups its game as it gets later, filling with people seated either at the periphery of the bar or at tables placed in the Bolano arcade, which has been housing it for the past year and half. Scanning the proposals of its great cocktail list, just above the spot where Mario Basso works his magic you will see barrels containing a variety of distillates which you can try drinking straight, or in some interesting mix recommended by the bartender.
(Voulis 7, Bolani Arcade, tel. 2103254711 - Metro: Syntagma)




The Athenian scene of contemporary mixology has been having its Mexican corner for the past four years.
This joyful, colourful cocktail hangout, specializing in tequila based drinks, takes itself very seriously when
it comes to its highly qualified bar and its appealing mixes. Inspired Margaritas, great versions of the classics
and many more tantalizing suggestions offered in a place which cares about keeping the standards high and
the tempo user-friendly. (12 Avramiotou Str, Monastiraki, tel. 2103313577 - Metro: Monastiraki).




Here you can drink “Les Fleurs du Mal” inspired by Baudelaire, let alone the fact that Fluxus and Conceptual Art are also present on the cocktail list. Rum is the bar’s expressive base, featuring one hundred thirty-six labels from various parts of the world. Having several important distinctions under its belt, the bar of Thanos Prunarus continues to innovate by creatively imprinting social and artistic movements of the early 20th century on its new list. Extremely balanced, the avant garde cocktails are mixology at its best. (6 Kleitou Str, tel. 2117109140, babaaurum.com - Metro: Monastiraki / Syntagma)



Spread along various rooms creating an open courtyard sensation, this anything but clumsy cocktail bar has managed to enter the World's 50 Best Bars list only a year after opening. Keep in mind that you will find it packed on Friday and Saturday nights and that its morning ambience is also worth discovering. Sunday brunch here is not only great but it has set up its own festival by inviting well-known chefs on the premises. (30 Praxitelous Str, tel. 2103232682, www.theclumsies.gr - Metro: Syntagma / Panepistimio)