Raise a Glass under the Stars

Feel the city’s pulse and get a front-row view of its temples at a rooftop bar.


Athens is not a city of skyscrapers. Looking upon it from a rooftop, you can see how it evolved over the centuries: most of the buildings around the Acropolis have red-tiled roofs, a statement of their pedigree as the oldest homes in the city. From this up high, you can also feel the pulse of the city, enjoying the sense of privilege that a lofty vantage point affords.

It’s a chance to observe the movement of traffic and people, and the contrast between the capital’s majestic temples and its modern architecture. Here are a few classic rooftop bars, restaurants and venues, some of which are atop revamped former industrial spaces that introduce a note of modernity to a city renowned for its antiquities.

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A for Athens: Treat yourself to special cocktails with Monastiraki Square, the Acropolis and Plaka forming the backdrop. 
• A for Athens • 2–4 Miaouli, Monastiraki
Τel (+30) 210.324.4244

Bar 8: Relaxing on the rooftop of one of the city’s most historic hotels, you can enjoy original Martini recipes and exotic cocktails, while enjoying a view of Lycabettus Hill.
Hotel Grande Bretagne,
Syntagma SquareTel (+30) 210.333.0000

 

Bios: Come here for the urban romance with a young, hip crowd, comfortable chaises longues, crushed-ice cocktails and the Acropolis in the near distance
Bios • 84 Pireos
Τel (+30) 210.342.5335

Gazarte: Overlooking the former gasworks of the Technopolis cultural venue and with a view of the Acropolis, this is a lovely roof garden with olive and lemon trees that also hosts live music nights. • Gazarte  34 Voutadon, GaziΤel (+30) 210.346.0347

La Suite Lounge: Why not try a menu of modern Greek cuisine created by three-time Michelin-starred chef Jerome Serres, with the entire city spread out below? 
St George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel, 2 Kleomenous, Kolonaki
Τel (+30) 210.741.6000



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