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Athens' best cocktail bars are winning global acclaim by weaving Greek spirits and local ingredients into heady drinks that could only be made in Greece.

By Denny Kallivoka

The Bar: A for Athens

The Drink: Sirens, Circe’s Potion, The Old Square

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The Bar: Clumsies

The Drink: Mediterranean Gimlet, Aegean Negroni

A cocktail at Clumsies.

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The Bar: Frater & Soror

The Drink: Ratatouille Date Party

A Ratatouille Date Party is our favorite type of date party.

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The Bar: Upupa Epops

The Drink: Sour Delight, Graceful Greek, Gluhwein (Greek style)

At upbeat Upupa Epops—named for those bright birds with the distinctive crowns—Marfi Bali and her team blitz and blend a joyful medley of traditional spirits and aromatic syrups, mastiha, house-made liqueurs, citrus fruits and vegetables into an intoxicating Mediterranean menu. Solid bets are the Sour Delight with aged tsipouro, passion fruit, coconut flakes and limoncello; or the Graceful Greek—a heady brew of gin, olives, mint, mastiha, cucumber and Greek tonic. A perfect winter warmer is their Greek-styled Gluhwein, a high-octane concoction of red wine, carob, cherry liqueur, nutmeg, Metaxa brandy, mastiha, vermouth flavored with seaweed, citrus, gin, and basil.

The Bar: Odori Vermuteria Di Atene

The Drink: Smellscapes Negroni

The Smellscapes Negroni is a must-try at Odori.

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The Bar: Ipitou

The Drink: Story, Grandmama’s Trick

Moody lighting and tasty cocktails at Ipitou.

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The Bar: Mai Tai

The Drink: Otto’s Collins, Lord Greek Martini

Try any kind of Greek spirits at Mai Tai, from mastiha to tsipouro.

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The Bar: Theory Bar & More

The Drink: Morgana

Head to Halandri to try yet another cocktail we love.

Photo: Orestis Seferoglou