It’s likely that you would have read about Agias Irinis Square in at least one city guide of Athens and it is definitely the place to be if you want to mingle with the cool crowd. The surrounding area, which is close to Monastiraki, is also home to the textile trade. Tailor Made opened its doors in 2011 and remains a firm favourite with locals. Vintage sewing patterns decorate the walls giving a nod to the area’s heritage. By day, it doubles as a ‘micro roastery’ and draws in a late afternoon crowd with their delicious coffee blends and freshly made desserts. By night, the bar is pumping out first class cocktails in gorgeous crystal glassware at very reasonable prices. This is a great place to kick off a night out in Athens.
A short walk out of the main square and you will find Chaplin which opened in late 2014 and has gained a reputation for its cocktails that are boosted with super-foods including Acai and Goji berries. Visiting celebrity DJ’s also draw in the crowds. Around the corner along Korori Street is Monk wine bar, offers an entirely different pace. A sophisticated and elegant space with an upmarket wine list titled, Monk: Holy Grapes for Sin Spirits. Bottles of wine are decanted at your table, so it is very much the real deal here and you can also try a few varieties by the glass. An extensive food menu and moody jazz music can easily see you settling in and making a night of it here. Their rooftop space doesn’t have commanding views over Athens but provides a casual and chic atmosphere and a quintessential Athenian way to enjoy cocktails or some wine from their refined selections.