Inside 42 bar — Photo courtesy of 42 bar
The choice of name is certainly interesting, 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, according to Douglas Adams' A Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe. Located in an atmospheric alley, with a shady plane tree and an intimate interior space, this successful bar has become a favorite in Athens since opening last year. Professional expertise is definitely one of the main reasons, with a cocktail menu which is renewed four times a year, presenting blends for every different season.
At 42, they make their own syrups, serve five different kinds of ice depending on the drink of your choice, and present cocktails in different shapes and sizes of glass or cup. Recipes are extremely creative, including various herbs which combine ideally with the liquor and other ingredients. Diktamo from Crete and other fresh herbs are combined with grilled lime, tequila and chili to make the wonderful Perfidia, served in a specifically designed copper mug.
Cozy interior of 42 bar — Photo courtesy of 42 bar
The atmosphere is relaxed and laid back, attracting a varied clientele, from professional bar hoppers to hipsters, to couples, to groups of friends, who appreciate high quality in every sense. 42 is open from 10 in the morning, serving coffee, juices and homemade iced tea with lemongrass, ginger, honey and lime, green tea and mate, until the small hours. The evenings are especially lively, with a selected music playlist according to season and DJs from Thursday to Saturday.