5 secret bars of Athens

Speakeasy

It’s not exclusive but it’s still a “secret” bar. You have to ring the bell and go down some dark steps to enter. Elitism is a fun game to play. Lekka 12, Syntagma

Yperokianio

It’s not exactly “secret” but it’s  got a low profile and it’s hidden in a galleria, downtown. Serves drinks and tapas and hosts alternative gigs. Perikleous 46, Monastiraki

Boiler

Dark decorations, friendly staff, live underground gigs – although they happen on the upper floor of the building. Vlahava 9, Omonia

Komma Bar

It’s on a pedestrian way next to a small square with a  church. It’s a joint that’s got flair and style, humor and surprise-guest djs. Mavrokordatou 6, Panepistimio

Galaxy

Old classic drinking bar, “lost” in a galleria in the centre of the city. Straight drinks, quality music, faithful aficionados customers. Stadiou 10, Syntagma

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©Thanassis Karatzas

©Thanassis Karatzas