In pretty Plaka, this old-fashioned distillery dates from 1909. The cosy and much-photographed interior combines a wooden bar lined with stools, and walls stacked with shelves of coloured back-lit bottles. The liquors on offer are their own creations, numbering over 30 flavours, based on various Mediterranean fruits, herbs and spices. They also serve a fine selection of Greek wines by the glass.
Athens has a lively nightlife scene that takes place in the hundreds of bars, tavernas and clubs, as well as in the streets. The most 'happening' area of town is Gazi, though thanks to the opening of Kerameikos metro station, which has made it infinitely more accessible, it is no longer considered an “alternative” neighbourhood . Closer to the centre, Psirri also caters for mainstream tastes. To rub shoulders with the Athenian elite, try the upmarket area of Kolonaki. Or for a drink under the stars with an Acropolis view, head to the open-air cafés lining Apostolou Pavlou in Thissio and Adrianou near Monastiraki. Other vibrant areas include grungy Exarhia (the bohemian student quarter), Syntagma and Thissio.
During the summer, the Hellenic Festival offers open-air concerts, dance and theatrical events. Tickets for all performances included within the Athens Festival and the Epidaurus Festival are sold at the Hellenic Festival Box Office, Panepistimiou 39 (tel: 210 327 2000; www.greekfestival.gr).