Thanks to its sultry Mediterranean climate, the Athens bar scene is best enjoyed in the open air. So hidden courtyards, broad terraces and scintillating views set the scene, while the locals’ famous conviviality is manifested in their sunny welcome and glistening small dishes. Here are the best places to enjoy an Aperol Spritz in the gorgeous Athens sunshine.
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Kick off your Athenian night out with some big-hearted Latin American vibes at Che. In a buzzy outdoor terrace under a Frida Kahlo mural and hypnotic tiki lamps, hip patrons share delicious plates of empanadas – braised beef-filled crispy dumplings, with sesame seeds, coriander and chilli sauce – alongside sumptuous rounds of note-perfect tacos and crisp tostadas. Dancing away the evening in excellent company never tasted so joyous.
Enjoy the Aperol Spritz ritual with moreish empanadas and dancing
Nothing says ‘holiday’ like a revitalising golden-hour cocktail at this seafront gem, which boasts spellbinding views over the twinkling blue Mediterranean. Istioploikos’ contemporary wooden aesthetic and blessed location on the rim of a pretty harbour provide a lovely backdrop for nibbling on a mini bruschetta as you sway to live music with a cheerful cohort of your summer sidekicks. Hard to believe you’re in a major city at all really.
T.K, Ακτή Μικρολίμανου
The name, in Greek, was chosen because it means ‘flirting’. And this fabulously renovated and artsy neoclassical mansion in Athens’ upscale Kifissia district has plenty of touches that are worth fluttering your eyelashes at. From playful murals to funky embroidered fabrics, the space is finely calibrated to inspire fun and friendly chit-chat with neighbouring tables as you sample light bites – think crusted scallops with Jerusalem artichokes and beef tartare on crispy potatoes – on the warm outdoor terrace. House rules.
Enjoy the Aperol Spritz ritual in the private terrace of a charming 19th century mansion
Island Club Restaurants
There’s a welcome echo of Cycladic island architecture about this low-rise, bone-white compound of buildings perched on a clifftop on the Athenian Riviera, just 20 minutes from the city centre. Established by brothers Chrysanthos and Spyros Panas more than 20 years ago, it’s an ideal location for mingling with a glamorous crowd – and the occasional celebrity. The chilled tunes of late afternoon shift into upbeat electronica for the evening, and small plates – sushi is a real speciality here – circulate to keep the energy up.
Enjoy the Aperol Spritz ritual in a convivial beachside venue with joyful travellers
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Upgrade your Greek getaway with Aperol
This summer Aperol Spritz will be painting the island of Paros orange once again when its four-wheeled pop-up bar rolls into town. Join the joy with Aperol as its amphibious van sets up shop across the islands most paradisical backdrops, bringing perfectly poured spritzes and live DJ sets with it. What’s more, you and your friends have a chance to win a sunset cruise aboard the Aperol catamaran, with delicious finger food and your own private bar. Simply find the Aperol squad around the island and scan the QR code to see if you’re an instant winner.