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The view of the Acropolis illuminated in the evening is the kind of stunning sight that turns heading out for a few drinks into a magnificent experience.

A for Athens (2-4 Miaouli, Sun-Thu 10:30-2:30 & Fri-Sat 10:30-3:30) is one of the city’s most popular rooftop bars. Their cocktail list, curated by renowned bartender Thodoris Pirillos, is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. A short walk from here is Couleur Locale (3 Normanou, Sun-Thu 10:00-02:00 & Fri-Sat 10:00-03:00). Hard to find, it’s a great place to avoid the tourist crowds and mingle with some locals. Nearby Anglais  (6 Kirikiou & Mitropoleos, Open 11.00-03.00) is slightly more romantic, decorated with lots of greenery, flower prints and pastel colors, giving it a summery, English countryside vibe.

At Point a (4A Rovertou Galli, 18:30-24:00), on the roof of the Herodion Hotel, you’ll find a view of both the “Sacred Rock” and the Acropolis Museum. Cocktails here are made with local ingredients. The same drinks philosophy applies at the bar of Michelin-starred Hytra (107-109 Syngrou, 20:00-02:00), on the roof of the Onassis Cultural Center.

For something different, try the roof garden at the new Foundry Hotel (40 Sarri, Wed-Sun 18:30-1:30), where you can order fully stocked picnic baskets. On weekends, staff fire up the pizza oven.

This text was first published as part of “Beat the Heat”, an article published in Greece Is Athens, Summer 2019 Edition.

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