By Lena Harizopoulos
Rome Vs Athenian Wine Bars
Wine Bars are in question today and the love affair I have been cultivating for the past 8 years with the best way in my opinion to spend an evening.
And why is that? Imagine : dim lights, sweet music, wide selection of wines by the glass and great food.
If the place is people watching, you have hit the jack pot.
I have picked Athens and Rome because there are both very erotic cities especially during winter time you can walk in the middle of the night in the city center and “get drunk” with its ambience.
There is a kind of mystery especially in the Athenian night scene, especially if you have a local to take you around.
The same thing goes for Rome too. Actually here it is much harder to find the part of the city that never sleeps but when you do, you are going to be amazed by the different face of the city.
Anyhow, I have picked the 2 ultimate wine bars in both cities.
Wine bars that you shouldn’t miss, Wine bars that will make your night, Wine bars that could star in a movie.
By the Glass, Athens.
Why Go: Great wines by the glass from 25ml to 150ml, Good food, excellent ambience, lovely crowd, superb location.
Who goes: Nice crowd from early 20s to late 60s.
What to order: From my favourite Greek Syrah Kikones to La serre nuove, Ornellaia from Tuscany, here you will find a nice selection of red wines.
I would like to see though more from abroad but the Greek etiquettes they are stocking are actually the best in the market.
What to eat: all dishes are great. I loved the mushroom risotto, the cold cuts, the tartars.
Souri 3 & Fillelinon, Athens Greece
+30 21 0323 2560
This is not your typical Roman wine bar, it is actually contemporary and is a proper restaurant too.
Why go: In case you got bored with all the Roman places that resemble an era completely left in the long past.
Great cuisine, superb wines, very good desserts, open all day.
Who goes: well lets say you are not going to meet the love of your life here. it is not a pick up place
What to order: Again here most etiquettes are Italian but you will find great Rossi di Montalcino, Brunello, Amaroni .
What to eat: Go for the fresh foie gras, the duck pate or the grilled calamari with the lemon grass sauce.
In case you are having proper dinner, the pastas are very good.
Via di San Basilio 42-43