Love food pairing? Discover one of Athens best kept and exciting secrets

By Journey to Greece on March 4, 2016

A frequent traveller, would surely acknowledge the value of a great hotel bar. The place where a variety of different cultures, nationalities and travel experiences blend into an exciting amalgam in the most magical way.

The fabled Alexander’s Bar next to the stunning lobby of Hotel Grande Bretagne was voted as the Best Hotel Bar in the world by Forbes Magazine and there are various reasons to support that vote. A visit at the Bar is a must: a rare, authentic 18th century tapestry hangs above the wooden bar, proudly displayed under the atmospheric lighting, creating the perfect scenery for a journey back in time while having a signature cocktail – the epitomy of a lifetime experience.

Alexanders Oyster bar cocktails Thursday 18 Feb Hotel Grande Bretagne 2016 (3)

The refined, warm and wordly atmosphere of Alexander’s bar isn’t just a privilege of the hotel guests but more of a common secret shared by the locals.

There is an extra reason for someone to visit Alexander’s Bar on Thursdays: the exceptional concept nights being held at the bar, each of them lasting up to 5 weeks – one of the city’s best kept and exciting secrets.

Alexanders Oyster bar oysters Thursday 18 Feb Hotel Grande Bretagne 2016

Executive Chef Sotiris Evangelou creates his signature seafood menu which, accompanied with the perfect cocktail under the sound of live music, makes the most unique pairing currently at the city.

The Bar is divided into two sections with the chefs working in one half and the bartenders serving cocktails on the other, having the marvellous tapestry as their unique background. The combination of fine dining and extraordinary atmosphere makes it an experience not to be missed.

Alexanders Oyster bar Vodka Hemingway cocktail Thursday 18 Feb Hotel Grande Bretagne 2016

Oysters, clams, cockles and scallops on ice, granitated mussles with capers and tomato, oysters rockfeller, scallops au gratin, sea snails with lemon and the Queen of the night, the Mediterannean pizza with seashells, or else, “Been around the world and haven’t found anything like you before” kind of thing.The menu is accompanied with four different cocktails: Royal Vodka Martini, Cosmopolitan, Vodka Ginger and my personal favourite, Vodka Hemingway.

Alexanders Oyster bar pizza Thursday 18 Feb Hotel Grande Bretagne 2016

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