105, 61 Praxitelous 30, Athens
If a bar’s aim is to be a church to socialising and imbibing, The Clumsies’ holy mission is very much complete. With three floors that draw in the crowds all day, The Clumsies has it all – from coffee to homely-but-refined Greek food to leading-edge cocktails.
It is the brainchild of two bartenders – Nikos Bakoulis and Vasilis Kyritsis – who, in the midst of the Greek recession, took over a dilapidated building in the centre of town. Backed by three local businessmen, the site was transformed and The Clumsies now has a global standing. After debuting at number 22 in 2015’s The World’s 50 Best Bars, the bar has since featured three times in the top 10. The Clumsies is an Athens bar, filled with loyal locals, but this team is always looking for ways to improve and has just opened a fermentation room in its basement.
Image: Kosmas Koumianos