If a cocktail is what you are going for, why not try one with local ingredients while enjoying the coastal nightlife?
Lots of places along the Athens Coast pride themselves in their cocktails and bartenders are now advertised like DJs. Ark in Glyfada (pictured above) is a great place to enjoy a seaside cocktail. Check out these local spirits…
After your dinner, have a little Mastika – a sweet, sticky liquor seasoned with mastic, a resin gathered from the mastic tree native to the island of Chios (and the origin of chewing gum).
For an after dinner drink, go with Metaxa (‘7-star’ if you’re a snob, ‘5-star’ for the rest of us) which is a sweet Greek brandy.
What most of the world thinks of when they think of Greek liquor. An anise flavored aperitif served with ice and water, usually consumed with seafood while enjoying the sea-view.
Raki / Tsipouro
Raki or Tsipouro is a strong distilled spirit containing 40-45% alcohol and is produced from the pomace (the residue of the wine press). Drink this slowly or shoot it as a shot! I’ve never had a hangover from Raki, and that includes three straight days of drinking it during Greek Orthodox Easter in Folegandros in 2015.
If you are feeling less adventurous, stick with the basics
Fix seems to be the current beer everyone likes. After Alpha and Mythos were in vogue for a while, Fix now seems to be the trendy choice. Best on draught if they have it.
Greek wine is good! When dining at taverna, ask for a litre of local wine. Not a bottle. It’s cheap and comes in a carafe. The wine varies from place to place and you’ll need to be chilled about it. Of course if you want to be more sophisticated, try on on the Wine Bars along the coast.
Greek law (and common sense so lacking in the UK) seemingly prevents you from drinking without a little food on the side. This is known as ‘Mezedes’ and is the only way to continue the Greek tradition of staying out late with your friends if you started drinking at 6pm. Sometimes Mezedes is a simple bowl of olives with some crackers or sometimes some chopped cucumber in salt. If you are at more of a drinking establishment, you can expect nuts or something else small to munch on.