PUBS, PATIOS & BARS: How many bottles of beer on the wall?
Athens might be better known for tavernas and pretty patios, but the Greek capital is not without its worthy pubs and bars, which make excellent spots to sample the country’s burgeoning micro-brewery scene. And one of the best is Barley Cargo, which boasts a selection of beers “as far as the eye can see.”
Among them are over 140 local varieties – many from Athens proper – that in part comprise an official roster of over 350 brews, though some say it’s closer to 500. (That leaves at the least over 200 international brands for those with more established tastes). And more than a few patrons have observed a lengthy list of IPAs in a country where lagers are more common.
Also noteworthy is a unique industrial-style draft beer tap believed to be the longest in the city (if not country).
Located near the National History Museum in the city centre, the pub is ideally suited to lunch or for a respite from sightseeing and, in Greek fashion, provides out-front seating astride the beating street and in a city best experienced under its typically sunny, blue skies.
Inside, the rustically minimalist interior design features benches and bars rather than booths.
A favourite of Greeks and tourists alike, the establishment is noted for its friendly staff, good food (from beef to chicken and sausages), reasonable prices, and fun atmosphere, which includes live music, ranging from jazz to rock and world music.
But it’s the beers – draft and craft – which are available in tasting flights as well, that rate most highly amongst visitors.
As one Tripadvisor poster exclaimed, “If you are a beer nerd, like myself, you must come here!”
Barley Cargo is located at Kolokotroni 6, Athens, in a neighbourhood notably quieter than the Plaka, and is open every day from 11 a.m. till 3 a.m.
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First published at Travel Industry Today