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Greece's best drinking spots

Published August 30th, 2015

Greece is my favourite place to visit. I’ve been there a dozen times and will use any excuse to return. The beaches are pristine and the food beautiful in its simplicity.

But If you watch television or read the news, travelling to Greece seems like a pretty bad idea. Riots. Cashless ATMs. One news service even predicted a shortage of feta.

Wrong. I recently travelled to do some research and development for Amali — my Mediterranean restaurant in midtown Manhattan — and know that it's a good time to be a tourist in Greece.

While there were a few minor inconveniences, the protests are extremely organised and the country’s hospitality industry has never been better. Restaurants are full and the US dollar is almost at parity with the euro for the first time in years.

Wine might be the greatest bargain of all. A bottle of Kir-Yianni sparkling rose at a high-end hotel restaurant in Athens is €15 ($A24). The same bottle might cost you $US60 ($A85) or more at an NYC restaurant. How about a kilo of quality house wine at a beachside taverna? That will cost you less than ten bucks ($A14) in Greece.

Consider it for a last summer fling. And if you go, add my favourite restaurants, tavernas and wine bars to your list.


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Perfect sunset perch. Photo courtesy of Kapari Bar.

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Make a reservation in advance or be sure to arrive before 7pm to snag a table at these spots.

Sea Breeze Bar, Little Venice, Chora, Mykonos

After just one visit, you'll feel like a regular. You might see a clown on stilts who stops by your table to pressure you into a third round of shots, or you may dance to 25-year-old music with a 21-year-old girl. Needless to say, memorable (or perhaps not) nights in Mykonos start at Sea Breeze Bar. Tell Spiro I sent you, and don't forget to lay some flowers at the doorstep of the dearly departed Caprice Bar.

Kapari Bar, Thera 847 00, Santorini

Tourists and rookies go to Oia. Experienced Santorini visitors know that the best sunsets can be seen from the village of Imerovigli. There, Kapari serves fresh juices and great cocktails with an emphasis on local cuisine.

Breezy at the beach. Photo courtesy of Fokos

Best wine bars

By the Glass, Syntagma, 3 G. Souris St. and Philellinon, Athens

Closer to the Acropolis, By the Glass offers a wide range of classic Greek and European producers at an excellent price point. It's one of the few Greek restaurants where you can walk in and grab a great grower champagne for a comparative steal. There's also live music in the courtyard.

Oinoscent: Wine Bar + Shop, 45-47 Voulis St., Syntagma Plaka, Athens

Wine bars are the newest trend in Athens and Oinoscent is a quirky one. Walk into the cellar, poke around, and pick any bottle you'd like (the reasonable price comes later). It specialises in lesser-known Greek producers and has a deep selection of Greek and non-Greek vintages.

Heteroclito, 2 Fokionos, Athens

This wine bar may feel more at home in Bushwick than Athens because of its natural wines, obscure Greek varietals, and heritage cheeses and charcuterie.

Fokos, Fokos Beach, Mykonos

A beachside taverna with a great wine list — and a particularly great selection of roses to go along with the amazing views.

Kiki’s, Agios Sostis Beach, Mykonos

Look around for this tucked-away place. Find a table underneath one of the ancient olive trees and enjoy rose while you wait for your pork chop to grill.

Selene Meze and Wine Restaurant, Pyrgos Kallistis, Santorini

Selene has been the archetype for fine dining in Santorini (and arguably Greece) for almost 30 years. Its baby sister, the newly opened Selene Meze and Wine Restaurant, has as strong a wine list as exists on the island. A good sign: I often see winemakers eating dinner here.

Find yourself a little taverna in Mykonos. Picture: Getty Images

For Only-in-Greece Fun

Semeli the Bar, Little Venice, Mykonos

Uh-oh. A nightclub with a French maitre d', Brazilian girls, '70s disco, and hip-hop classics.

Interni, Malamatenia Alley, Matogiannia, Chora, Mykonos

Enjoy cocktails in the open air before going to the discoteque (yes, they still call it that in Greece). The square bar is great for making eyes at someone across from you.


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Author: James Mallios, Fathom

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