London Essence Best New Opening Award 2023

London Essence Best New Opening Award 2023



Greek cocktail wizardry brewing up a storm

Slightly out of Athens city centre, but well worth the journey, is Line, a former art gallery now bar, which is home to some of the most thought-provoking drinks-making around. If its sister bar The Clumsies (a regular in The World’s 50 Best Bars) was the manifestation of Vasilis Kyritsis and Nikos Bakoulis’s mindset in their 20s, Line (also co-founded with Dimitris Dafopoulos) has a more grown-up feel, the double-height ceilinged, airy venue providing a seriously sophisticated backdrop to thoughtful eating and drinking. Everything is made from scratch here, from the house-made beer, fruit wines and cocktails, to cheeses and breads, which are produced from by-products of their ferments. This joined-up thinking sees the likes of fig wine from the basis of the Pisco Sour, while pomegranate wine goes into the house-made vermouth, which then finds its way into their Negroni. It’s all so clever yet, in these relaxed surroundings, it all feels rather effortless too.