The Athenian bar that opened its doors back in 2012 made waves in 2015 when it was listed amongst the World’s 22 Best Bars. In 2016 it made it in the official World’s 50 Best Bars list 2017 yet again by hitting No 2.
The end of 2017, however, saw Vasilis Kyritsis’ and Nikos Bakoulis’ brainchild in 6th place, ahead of many longstanding cocktail giants worldwide.
While the top 5 establishments come from London and New York crisis-stricken Athens and its anything but clumsy mixologist duo and their outstanding team of bar and kitchen staff are proving to be quite the competition with their inventive and original approach constantly adding new styles to their flavour repertoire.
“Far from clumsy, the concept of this warm and fun establishment is cleverly engineered to embrace a young crowd who like to dance, lounge at the long bar or chill out in one of the many rooms surrounding it. Added to the mix is the private ‘Room’, designed to look and feel like a living room where punters can play pool next to the library while being looked after by their own personal bartender for the night. The cocktail list changes annually. Currently called Genesis, it is inspired by art and Greek words. The drinks range from syrups and cordials made from vegetable or fruit water, to seasonal cocktails and even fermented or preserved ingredients. The Clumsies is more than a bar, it is also a brand: the team organises various international cocktail projects, including the American Dream Bar, the Asian and the Hotel pop-up where guests from some of the best bars in the world are invited to show their projects to the Athenian audience,” says the description on the official website.
The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London came first; second came the Dandelyan in Mondrian Hotel also in London; The NoMad in New York took third place; Connaught Bar in London is No 4; 5th best is The Dead Rabbit in New York.