Best Wine Bars in Athens

Best Wine Bars in Athens: Enjoy Many Varieties of Wine

Wine bars in Athens cover a variety of styles, mainly relaxed and casual, in some cases more elegant and high end. Serving mostly locally produced wines, which combine ideally with snacks or dishes prepared from traditional Greek cuisine, they offer a reasonably priced solution for lunch, aperitifs or evening entertainment. Some have existed for many years, before the concept became fashionable, and have been focal points for wine lovers, while others have followed the trend, or developed from wine cellars to bars. Some operate also as restaurants, with wine as the central idea, around which the menu is developed and are also venues for specific wine tasting evenings, organized by producers. Choose amongst   ‘Oinoscent’ a friendly and cool wine bar and wine shop on central Voulis str, just 200 mtrs from Syntagma, Heteroclito cave & bar a vin, which opened recently in the historical center of Athens, right on Mitropoleos square, Winepoint very close to the Acropolis Museum, By the Glass in a quiet arcade just off Filellinon street, Kiki de Grece on Ipitou pedestrian street, Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro on Mitropoleos street, BoBo in Koukaki, Monk in downtown Athens, Stinking Bishop in Kolonaki, cellar and wine bar Oktana in the neighborhood of Pangrati, and enjoy your wine. 





Oktana in Pangrati started as a wine cellar with the signature of well known brand Strofilia, bringing local wines closer to a wide public and operating also as an affordable wine bar, in a modern, vibrant space where customers can enjoy a glass of their favorite wine. The wines served are more than fifteen labels in a wide range of prices. The wine selection is a simple and pleasurable experience, and wines are presented depending on their style. The wines are accompanied with simple dishes, based on Greek products, and the menu includes specialties such as chick peas from Santorini, rigatoni with tuna and hummus with smoked pork, amongst others. The wines and the menu are renewed monthly, following specific themes. Beers and interesting distillates are also available, to taste on the spot or take home.

Recommended for Wine Bars because: Favorite neighborhood location with a wide range of wines and simple, delicious dishes

Nelly's expert tip: A warm neighborhood wine cellar and wine bar with interesting selections

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Stinking Bishop
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Stinking Bishop is a bar with unique personality. Located in the elegant neighborhood of Kolonaki, the space is decorated in minimal style, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Here customers can taste or take home some of the best varieties of cheese and hams from Greece, France, Holland, England. The selections were made after long research and visits to producers. The cheese menu can be enjoyed in dishes with cheese and hams, in open face sandwiches, accompanied with salads, soups, salmon, prepared on the spot with fresh ingredients. The research on wines has also been extensive, selecting approximately forty five different labels, mainly from local produce, several of which are served by the glass. The friendly staff will advise you about the best combinations and pairing between the various tastes on the menu and the ideal wine.

Recommended for Wine Bars because: A cheese and wine bar with unique personality in Kolonaki

Nelly's expert tip: Cheese and wine in excellent combinations for taste enjoyment

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BoBo Wine Bar was created by four friends who have in common their love for wine and the enjoyment it can offer. Searching around Athens, they wanted to find a corner where one can relax and learn about Greek and international varieties of wine by trying them and not only through a wine expert with special knowledge. People who visit BoBo have a great time, can express their opinion about the tastes they prefer and discover together the variety of wine they like best. At BoBo the main feature is good Greek wine and good company. In this friendly place you can also enjoy wine-based cocktails, Greek beer and selected dishes inspired from regional cuisine.

Recommended for Wine Bars because: At BoBo the main feature is good Greek wine and good company.

Nelly's expert tip: A bohemian corner in Koukaki where you discover your favorite wine

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Monk Grapes and Spirits
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Monk Grapes and Spirits wine bar-restaurant is situated very close to Agias Irinis square in downtown Athens. The impressively renovated neoclassical building and the long bar with high stools, small tables and lounge couches make a welcoming and attractive environment. Every evening the Dj accompanies your wine selections with jazz, soul and groovy music. The team of Monk has great wine expertise and includes well known sommelier Vasilis Papadopoulos, member of the Panhellenic Sommelier Union. The wine list he has curated for Monk has 115 varieties from twelve different countries, which are served in 150 or 75 ml glasses, using the Coravin system, which draws wine from the bottle without uncorking it. At the open kitchen cold and warm dishes are prepared, which combine ideally with the wine list. You can also taste cocktails based on wine and premium distilled spirits. Monk is ideal for a lunch break, corporate meetings with a special menu, and other social events.

Recommended for Wine Bars because: Wine, dine and taste cocktails in a welcoming environment

Nelly's expert tip: Great atmosphere, an interesting wine list and dishes which combine ideally

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Kiki de Grece, the wine bar on Ipitou pedestrian street close to Syntagma, is the ideal place to taste Greek wine and snacks. The name is inspired by the twenties French artists muse Kiki de Montparnasse, who had declared that 'in hard times the only thing I need is a piece of bread, an onion and a bottle of wine'. At Kiki you can taste a large variety of Greek wines by the glass, at very reasonable prices, starting from 3,5 Euro. The list is renewed often and for summer 2015 is dedicated to the Aegean islands. Accompany your wine with delicious snacks prepared with local ingredients from various regions, such as chick peas from Santorini with capers and smoked eel, summer oil pie from Rhodes with haloumi cheese, platters of Greek cheese and honey and many more selections. Kiki's chef also prepares several creative main dishes and desserts, which vary depending on the season.

Recommended for Wine Bars because: Located on a quiet pedestrian street close to Syntagma, with an interesting menu

Nelly's expert tip: A charming wine bistrot with friendly atmosphere and excellent wine selections

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Winepoint is a favorite point exclusively for Greek wines in Athens. At a short distance from the Acropolis Museum and very close to the metro station, this interesting wine bar offers customers the opportunity to learn more about the excellent wines of Greece. More than 270 different labels from all over the country which can be accompanied with cheese and finger food are served. The wine list includes about thirty wines by the glass, which change often, starting at five euro. Dont miss the Wine Tasting event, which includes a presentation and tasting of eight representative wines from eight different regions of Greece. This takes place every day from 13.00 to 20.00 hours, the duration is 90 minutes and the cost 25 euro. The tasting is accompanied by a delicious plate with Greek cheese and cold cuts and a 24 page wine tasting guide is an extra bonus. Foreign visitors are pleasantly surprised to discover this different aspect of contemporary Greece

Recommended for Wine Bars because: Very close to the Acropolis Museum with 150 different labels from all over Greece

Nelly's expert tip: The gift booklet by wine expert Eleni Kefalopoulou is an extra bonus and a special souvenir

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Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro on central Mitropoleos street very close to Monastiraki, in an elegant space and is a pleasant surprise for wine lovers and not only. The style is French 1960s and the name was chosen because there are many vintage wines on the list. The wine list is arranged according to the taste, with a detailed description and specific dishes are served with each type of wine so as to exalt the all over taste experience. The menu includes varieties of cheese, dried fruit, olives which combine ideally with specific wines, enhancing the experience. All the ingredients are home made on the spot, even the butter, which can contain cocoa, herbs, beetroots and more and are exclusively seasonal. At Vintage wine bar there are three separate spaces: the ground floor with the cellar, the high ceilinged first floor with a small patio and a large table made from a tree trunk, which seats sixteen persons, whilst the most recent addition is the outside space on the pedestrian street of Kapnikareas with a view of the Acropolis. The wine list by the glass is impressive, with approximately 250 labels, 150 of which are Greek varieties. These wines can all be tasted with the Coravin method, with which the wine can be drawn from the bottle without uncorking it. All the varieties can be served also in 75 ml glasses and the prices start from 4,50 euro. The menu includes more than thirty selections in cold cuts and cheese from various countries from which you can choose the combination you prefer. The cold cured salmon is one of the favorites, the lamb from Vonitsa is also a great hit and the new arrivals include king prawns with gremolata of lemon and parsley.

Recommended for Wine Bars because: In downtown Athens, a wine bar and bistro specializing in vintage wines

Nelly's expert tip: Expert knowledge about wine in an elegant space

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Heteroclito cave & bar a vin opened recently in the historical center of Athens, right on Mitropoleos square, with the concept of offering customers the occasion to know and appreciate prestigious Greek wines, discovering the best varieties from the wide range of local production. This cozy wine bar serves well known, renowned, rare, special, new, different and unique qualities, so that the public can learn more about this fascinating subject, through first hand experience. All the labels on the list are also for sale, at cellar prices. Greek wine combines ideally with carefully selected local varieties of cheese, hams and other delicacies, in a unique space downtown. At Heteroclito wine is culture, knowledge and enjoyment at reasonable prices.

Recommended for Wine Bars because: Prestigious Greek wines, well known and unique qualities in a favorite wine bar

Nelly's expert tip: New and notable wine bar in downtown Athens

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Based in the city center, in one of the most beautiful urban corners, the Ralli Arcade, next to the Russian church, a historic building of 1825 has been converted into an atmospheric wine bar. "by the glass" is equipped with a state of art wine machine that can serve up to 80 different wine labels as if they were just opened, with the Coravin method. It is an essential all day stop with more than 200 selected labels of Greek and international wine varieties, sparkling wines, unique distillates, bottles of rare and special vintages paired with delicious Mediterranean dishes. Tuna fillet, salmon tartar, chicken with ginger, salads paired with special wines and unique deserts exclusively made by local products in tasty varieties. You can enjoy your coffee in the exquisitely designed interior or arcade all day long, drink wine by the glass, have the experience of a wine tasting, choosing between three different sizes measured by the special dispenser or distilled spirits from all over Greece. Recently they have expanded to the small square opposite, right next to the Russian Orthodox church, built in 1904, a monument of rare beauty.

Recommended for Wine Bars because: Attractive environment, interesting wine choices from Greece and other countries

Nelly's expert tip: A great occasion to taste Greek wine at By the Glass

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�Oinoscent� a friendly and cool wine bar and wine shop on central Voulis str, just 200 mtrs from Syntagma, is one of the best places for enjoyable wine tasting. The owners, with a wide experience of wines, will offer their advice on which variety to choose. Greek wines and also labels from all over the world, which can be sipped accompanied with Greek cheese and salami plateau. Wine tasting evenings are held often on the premises, where you can also shop for elegant gifts. Plan your personal wine tasting for the ultimate experience. New wine list every week. Besides the wine list, you can chose a bottle from the cellar (700 different labels) and enjoy it with an extra charge of 8 euro upon the retail price. Delicious light meals are served, with traditional rusks, with oil, oregano and olives, lasagna with spinach or paprika, mozzarella with cherry tomatoes. The recent additions to the menu include shrimps with guacamole, veal carpaccio, various salads and bruschette with local products. You can also shop wines for take away.

Recommended for Wine Bars because: Central and up to date wine bar with a faithful clientele

Nelly's expert tip: Nice place, nice people, nice wine

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