A well kept secret in kolonaki is 56 Bar, a hidden (literally behind shrubs and trees) old fashioned bar positioned on the top of the steps where Ploutarchou street meets Kleomenous and is just 10 mins walking distance from the Lycabetus hill in the Kolonaki area of Athens.
Must warn, it’s quite hard to find the place if you are not intentionally looking for it but i guess the owner’s prefer it that way.
There is a multitude of old jazz legends adorning the walls on top of the decadent paisley wallpaper with matching table clothes to boot.
There is also an old piano if anyone is in the mood for an impromptu serenade.
The patrons vary from people that seem to have been coming here all their lives to very new ones (myself included) that have just discovered this place and are quite taken with what it has to offer compared to the other bars and cafes in the neighborhood.
Not far away near Syntagma square is another hidden bar on Stadiou street right before the City link building and opposite the old parliament building.
Galaxy bar (not to be confused with the other Galaxy bar on the rooftop of the Athens Hilton) is just as hard to find as 56 Bar as it is hidden in an arcade with other odd stores and shops but once you see it’s retro sign at the door you will know you’re in the right place!
Galaxy bar is also old fashioned and has the same jazzy feel to it with many old photos of the bar’s regulars on the walls, both famous and not.
They also serve simple drinks that will be appreciated by those who are not big fans of cocktails and anything fancy.
Despite their similarity both bars are unique in the way they have preserved their authenticity giving you a glimpse of a different era that you wish you could be a part of and for a finite moment in time you can actually say that you are.