Some places just happens to have that special feel about them that makes you feel at home right away and Baba au Rum in Athens is one of those places. This world famous rum bar is not just a must go to bar while in Athens – itÂ´s a reason to go to Athens! and trust me they will pamper you with lots of love, an array of amazing cocktails, tiki drinks, rums andÂ other spirits!
One of the first things you most likely do when you arrive at a bar is checking out the menu and the cocktail and spirits menu of Baba is quite special….it comes in the form of a very cool designed bookÂ which has been awarded twice at the Athens bar show. The menu was designed by Kostas Theocharis and has been presented at the Milan Expo Exhibition and also in bars in Paris and Nikosia where it received great reviews.
The menu book is presented both in greek and english and itÂ´s a simple cool, playful design!
Baba au Rum was founded in 2009 by Thanos Prunarus who has been a bartender since 1999 and this bar has greatly influenced the bar and cocktail sceneÂ and the barÂ which wasÂ awarded one of the World’s 50 Best Bars in 2013 — always at the top lists worldwide. Baba Au Rum is often awarded the Best Bar in Greece and Thanos is considered as a main influencer in his country.
And once againÂ Baba has been included for one more year at World’s Best Bar Sellection!
ThanosÂ travels around the world to discover rum, visiting and participating in rum festivals the world over, including judging at the world final of the Havana Club Grand Prix in Cuba which he recently did.Â Thanos also publishes an International Cocktail and Travel magazineÂ called FINE DRINKING.
Baba au Rum is, despite the name and being a rum bar,Â a place where you canÂ just sit back, feel at home and drink anything you want, it doesnÂ´t have to be rum… And regardless of what spirits are used – the cocktails are immaculate wonders of liquid art that is a joy to behold and imbibeÂ – but this place is a lot more than just the drinks….it`s a whole experience and the fact that people travel from all over the world to come here speaks for itself.
I for my part love it! I like when you come to a bar with super friendly bartenders, unpretentious relaxed atmosphere, interesting and beautiful interior, amazingÂ drinks, good music and super comfy bar stools! – Baba got it all.Â If you get a chance or happens to visit Athens, do yourself a favor and go and spend time at Baba!
One thing that striked meÂ on my visit was their amazing warm hospitality….they went out of their way to make me feel part of their family, never will I forget that! thank you everyone at Baba!Â My drinks which were consistently good, were made by theÂ amazing bartenders Ellias Stergiopoulos, Phaedon Papakonstantinou and Nikos Gartzolakis -Â paying attention to the smallest details – you guys rock!!
So whenÂ you sitÂ down…which drink to start with is not that easy because thereÂ´s a lot of great drinks to choose from the menu. One that I really liked a lot ( but I liked everything I tried) was their beautiful namesake drink, the Baba au Rum cocktail – a sweet and savory umami daiquiri with both sweet and botanical notes, and itÂ´s a beauty….
The taste is fresh, sweet and savory at the same time, smooth like silk and incredibly refreshing. I leave you here my readers to enjoy a bunch of pictures from Baba, because you know they speak louder than my words…some of these pics are mine and some are courtesy of Baba.
This…is liquid perfection!
Baba au Rum cocktail made byÂ Phaedon Papakonstantinous.
RumFire Daiquiri…to finish the night!
They make the work look so easy….but don`t be fooled, they work really hard!
What a beauty…
And here we got playful tiki…
And the “Lulu White” tiki mug!
If you don`t get thirsty when you see these kind of cocktails…..
Guadeloupe Tiki Punch! served in one of Baba`s own cool tiki mugs.
Yeah….they got some really good rums…
An interesting and fun detail is the lit up mini carousel….so playful and fun!
And finally, yours truly with Nikos Arvanitis ( Rum Traveller in the Caribbean and writer of the upcoming “From the West Indies to the World” and bartender at the lovely bar Kolokotroni 9Â (you should go there! and while you explore the bars close to Baba, go and try some fine rhum agricoles and cocktails at Rehab too! – another great bar) drinking and talking rum! the International Rum Family is really a wonderful thing! WhenÂ “From the West Indies to the World” is ready I`ll postÂ about it on this website.
The adress to Baba isÂ Kleitiou 6, 10560 Athens, Greece, +30 21 1710 9140, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers to rum and good friendship!