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Drinking in Greece

Almost, there is no drinking age limit in Greece. Anyone is welcome to drink as much as their heart wish, and everyone is expected to act civil before, during, and after drinking. Driving after drinking is of course not counseled and strongly discouraged by a very active police who employ breathalyzers en masse after hours. Obviously, there is no age limit to enter bars in Greece and no-one checks IDs although lately many bars post signs that no one under 16 will be served unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The bars in Greece begin to fill around midnight and close in the early morning hours.


Greece produces a rich diversity of local wines: red, white and rose, sweet or dry, including table and fortified varieties. Greek wines are not known well on the international market, as production costs are higher in Greece due to the terrain. Nevertheless, that terrain is well-suited to grape-growing, a millennia-old tradition here.


Beer is consumed all around the country. Exceptional local diversities like Mythos and Alpha, as well as Northern European beers produced in Greece like Heineken and Amstel, are readily available mostly everywhere. (North American beers generally are not.) Heineken is affectionally known as "green"; order it by saying "Mia Prasini."

Local alcohols

  • Tsipouro,

    this certainly strong alcohol looks a bit like Ouzo but with a stronger taste of anis. Greeks drink it with ice and sometimes add a bit of water. It is always accompanying with mezedes and good friends. In diverse parts of Greece such as Crete, some islands and the northern Greece made there own home made Tsipouro, also called Raki (depending of the region) which is really strong.

  • Ouzo,

    this is the most popular Greek alcohol, trade mark of the country. It is a strong alcohol, drinkable with straight with ice or with a bit of water. It is ideal to drink with all kinds of mezedes. The best ouzo is made in Lesvo (or Mytilini) and the best trades are Ouzo Plomariou and Barbayanni.

  • Mavrodafni,

    this sweet wine is made in Patras (big town in the Peloponnese). It is really thick and dark (almost black) and can be compared to the Portuguese Porto. It is typically drink like liquor, a digestive or like a night drink.

  • Metaxa,

    Metaxa is differentiated as one of the most popular Greek spirit worldwide. It is a singular Greek spirit fabricated in 1888 in the Attica region, the province of Athens by a silk trader named Spyros Metaxas. Since then, the product has earned world recognition for its quality, color and taste. It is deluded to be a brandy but really it is something more.

  • Retsina,

    the popular Retsina is a Greek white wine with a particular resin taste. This taste is due to the way of production of this wine: they put the grapes in new cask which have still the wood resin on, giving to the whine that special taste.


Coffee is an significant part of Greek culture. The country is cluttered with kafet ries which are cafes that serve as popular haunts for Greeks, particularly among the under-35s. They tend to be pretty trendy -yet relaxed- and serve a diversity of beverages from coffee, to wine, beer, spirits, as well as snacks, deserts, and ice cream. In the pleasant months of spring, summer, and fall, all kafet ries provide outdoor tables/seating and they are busiest with customers in the late afternoon and evening hours. Several kafet ries also double as bars.

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