Haute Hangouts: Greece

By  April 14, 2014

While Greece’s vast landscape features fabulous beaches to relax on, innumerable cafes affording visitors good company, lounges to let go in, and accommodations to experience, there’s one thing that aligns them no matter what island or territory: the charming meshing of Old World culture and modern-day luxury.

Glyfada Glyfada Balux Cafe, Leoforos Posidonos 58

With the beach a stone’s throw away, it’s hard to beat the serene ambience of this trendy lounge. Located in the glamorous Glyfada suburb, a ritzy area of outer Athens, Balux offers a magical seaside escape for a more dressed-up night

Athens Athens Gazaki Bar, Triptolemou 31, Gazi

Gazaki Bar is located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Gazi in Athens, which is heavily influenced by innovative art, new-age politics, and modern youth movements. Head here to enjoy the roof garden for a quiet coffee or cocktail above the bustling hipster neighborhood.

Zakynthos Zakynthos Avante Garde, Zakynthos 291 00

This outdoor bar, with its white seats, minimalistic styling, and attractive bartenders, is the pulse of Zakynthos town’s early nightlife. Take a seat amid the DJ’s beats and people-watch over a cocktail or two.

Zakynthos Zakynthos Movida, Bohali, Zakynthos 291 00

In the wee hours, this hilltop lounge may get loud with the sound of nightlife, but head over after dinner to enjoy a quiet drink and a spectacular view of the town of Zakynthos. Afterward, take a walk around the tiny Bohali neighborhood and see the remnants of a Venetian castle, a reminder of the island’s Italian roots.

Crete Crete Pallas, Akti Tompazi, Chania 731 00

Start your night in Chania at laid-back Pallas, where glam modernity meets Old World tradition over a beautiful view of the port, premium cocktails, upscale food, and hot beats in a building built in 1830. As one of the hippest lounges in the area, it’s consistently packed all summer long.

Crete Crete Cabana Mare, Agia Marina, Chania

“Am I in Miami?” you’ll ask as you step into the Cabana Mare seaside lounge. With white cabanas, lounge chairs, and a DJ on the tracks, this is one of the more glamorous beach clubs in Chania, Crete.

Lesvos Lesvos Arena Beach Bar, Vatera, 81300 Polichnítos

With giant blow-up mattresses in the ocean, swimsuit-clad bartenders, a full-force cocktail menu, and a DJ on site, Arena at Vatera beach is one for the young and rowdy crowd. Not having fun at this wild seaside bar is simply not an option.

Andros Andros Paradise Hotel, HORA, Άνδρος 845 00

Nestled in Hora, the chicest town of Andros, the Paradise Hotel prides itself on offering guests a relaxed, elegant accommodation overlooking the magnificent scenery of the greenest island in the Cyclades. The hotel is minutes away from local boutiques, traditional taverns, and the Gallery of Modern Art.

Kefalonia Kefalonia Tassia Restaurant, Φισκάρδο Kefallinías 28024

Join the likes of Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, Giorgio Armani, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jon Galliano and dine at Tassia Restaurant situated in Kefalonia’s picturesque Fiskardo port. Watch the local sailboats come and go over a decadent meal of traditional Greek cuisine.