It comes as no surprise for anyone who has visited the Greek capital and witnessed the dazzling diversity of bars and nightlife activity that Athens has not one, but two bars named amongst the top 50 in the world in the recent international competition held annually in London by Drinks international magazine.
More than 400 industry heavyweights judged the competition and voted the Athenian bars in 9th and 40th place whilst London and New York bars dominated the 2016 awards, with New York’s The Dead Rabbit named world’s best and London’s American Bar and Dandelyan placed second and third.
The Clumsies – Athens
The Clumsies, located on Praxitelous Street in Athens, was ranked ninth in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2016 awards, the highest ranking yet for a Greek bar.
“It’s one thing being the talk of the town during your first year or so of opening, quite another to keep the buzz going beyond the initial furore. Hats off to Vasilis Kyritsis, Nikos Bakoulis, Lelos Georgopoulos, Thanos Tsounakas and Giorgos Kaissaris who have done the job with bells on”, the judges said.
Baba Au Rum – Athens
The second Athens bar that made the world’s best list is Baba Au Rum, located on Kleitiou Street, which came in the 40th place.
“Baba au Rum is proof that you don’t have to be big to make an impact. Every visit serves as a reminder that this bar is not much larger than your average home lounge. It has a home vibe to match though, and therein lies the secret to its success”, the judges noted.