Best Rooftop Bars in Athens for Amazing Acropolis Views
Jaw-dropping views overlooking ancient remnants and quaint buildings form the ideal ending of a day full of sightseeing in Athens. These views can be seen from a handful of rooftop bars located in the center of the city, where you can enjoy from your morning coffee to your favorite cocktail.
Here’s our top suggestions:
1. A for Athens
Address: 2-4, Miaouli Str., Monastiraki (closest metro station: Monastiraki)
The terrace of the urban hotel above Monastiraki is a must for every tourist visiting the Greek capital. You can never go wrong by having a drink with the view of Acropolis in front of you, while you are enjoying a 100% Athens experience. The bar can be quite busy after sunset but don’t get disheartened, as you may find an opportunity to enjoy the view all day.
Address: Monastiraki Square (closest metro station: Monastiraki)
Really close to “A for Athens” and in the heart of Monastiraki square, 360 degrees is considered to be a classic choice for drinks among foreigners as well as locals. With an absolutely spectacular view at night, gazing at the Parthenon, you will be in awe of the illuminated monument. Try the original Greek cuisine or sip one of their signature cocktails. If you want to find out more about food spots in Athens, you can check our list with our top 10 restaurants to dine in Athens.
3. Bios Bar
Address: Peireos 84 (closest metro stations: Thissio and Kerameikos)
A bit different than other terrace bars, Bios is contributing to cultural communication and creation of new ideas. Bios defines itself as a center for modern art and multi-media in Athens. Check their website before you go to catch a concert, a theatrical performance or a film projection, which you can enjoy together with a great view and a refreshing drink. It is super popular during the summer for their signature “papoto”, a cocktail in the form of a sorbet ice-cream.
Address: Normanou 3 (closest metro station: Monastiraki)
All day view bar in Monastiraki. It is a secret gem for tourists but a hub for young Athenians. Located in an alley (Normanou Str.) and in between antique stores in the heart of Monastiraki, it could be tricky to find. Once you do visit it though, you will be rewarded with an amazing view on its top level. The ground level promises a relaxing atmosphere, being ideal for the moment you want to escape from the buzzing scene of the capital. Jazz, soul, funky and rock'n'roll rhythms accompany your drinks.
Address: 4 Rovertou Galli str., Acropolis (closest metro station: Acropoli)
Branded as something “more than a restaurant”, it stands as another option to have dinner or a drink with a view. Located on the 5th floor of Herodion Hotel, it serves delicious Mediterranean dishes and can host up to 80 guests on its al fresco location. The restaurant-bar operates daily from 18:00 (serving food from 19:00), May to October, and it is a perfect getaway for an elegant dining experience or an alluring cocktail.
Address: Apollonos 21, Plaka (closest metro station: Syntagma)
Located on the rooftop of Central Athens Hotel, it is a great option for drinks with a view in Plaka. Enjoy your dinner overlooking one of the most famous world cultural heritage monuments, the Acropolis. Operating hours: April - October from 11:00 in the morning until 1:00 after midnight.
Address: Kirikiou 6 (closest metro station: Monastiraki)
A new entry in the Athenian bar scene, Anglais Athens is located on the 6th floor of a preserved building in Monastiraki. Once you enter, you will be greeted by pastel colors and retro design. Try their signature cocktails, like the Brigitte Bardot with elderflower or the Pride and Prejudice with ginger beer. If you are hungry, a selection of refined dishes will be available for you, with veal carpaccio and sea bass tartar being our top choices.
8. 45 Moires
Address: Voutadon & Iakchou 18, Gazi (closest metro station: Kerameikos)
If you want to dance opposite the Acropolis, one of your best choices is to visit one of the most timeless rock bars in Athens, 45 Moires. Wood and stone, portaits of Hendrix and Kiss, and authentic rock sounds form an ideal picture for all of you seeking an alternative bar with a view to die for!
Address: Asomaton 22 & Dipylou, Kerameikos (closest metro station: Thissio)
This secret gem is frequented only by the locals or by the foreigners who have discovered the less-known Museum of Islamic Art next to Thissio. Right after a walk in the historical centre of Athens, you deserve a break for a traditional Greek coffee. Even if you are not into Islamic Art, you can visit the Museum cafe on the top floor of the neoclassical building and enjoy the endless view Thursday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00. Bonus hint: The inner ethnic decor will travel you miles away to foreign civilizations.
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