Athens Wine Bars: More than a Trend

Exploring the phenomenon of wine bars that has conquered the center of Athens and spread across the country


Dozens of labels in 25ml servings to help you decide if this is what your taste buds yearn for; old vintages from the best Greek winemakers; impressive cellars, informed sommeliers and excellent dishes: all this makes up the phenomenon of wine bars that has conquered the center of Athens and spread across the country. Ιt’s so much more than a trend. Up until a few years ago, imbibing in a top-notch Greek wine when going out for leisure or romance meant going to a fancy restaurant and accompanying it not just with food, but also with the bitter pill of a hefty bill at the end.

Wine bars – with their modern look, laid-back atmosphere, well-informed wine lists, light dishes and budget friendly prices – brought good Greek wine closer to a broader and younger crowd. The expression “let’s grab a glass” has taken on a whole new dimension; a different quality. Tasting, appreciating or rejecting a wine is no longer a scary prospect on the pocket. It has become a legitimate alternative for a good night out, an adventure and a cultural phenomenon. In this regard, wine bars play an essential educational role as well. And that alone is nothing to be sniffed at.

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