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The Peloponnese coastal city of Kalamata has a long beach lined with bars and restaurants. Although most of these sunny bars are only open seasonally, a couple of excellent cocktail bars in the Kalamata city center are open year-round. Here are my favorite cocktail bars in Kalamata, including one that’s also a great restaurant and one that’s using homemade ingredients to make some truly creative drinks.
Luna Lounge is an excellent restaurant and cocktail bar in Kalamata’s city center. The bar is located in a historic arcade that dates back to 1928. It once housed a cabaret in the basement.
Although the cabaret is long gone, Luna Lounge, which opened in 2008, is still a fun place for food and drink. A lively soundtrack including Latin beats, disco, funk, and dancy electro pop sets the mood. There’s plenty of bar seating & friendly bartenders.
For my first drink, I had the Cocoa Boulevardier, which included Evan Williams Vanilla Infused Bourbon, Cocoa-nib Infused Campari, and Red Vermouth.
Then I had the Psycho Killer, another tasty cocktail made with Jameson Black Barrel, Cocoa-nib Infused Campari, White Creme de Cacao, Giffard Banane du Brazil, and Absinthe.Book your hotel in Peloponnese now!
Each day, there’s a menu of specials along with other homemade dishes and snacks. The snack menu includes meats and cheeses, including several from Naxos. The food is a mix of Greek, Italian, and other cuisines, so there’s a bit of everything, but it all leans toward comfort food.
My friend ordered the sliders. The one I tasted was one of the best I’ve ever had. They were so juicy and had the perfect amount of toppings. I snacked on fresh bread with mizithra cheese and a salmon croissant.
Address: Aristomenous 23, Kalamata 241 00, Greece (map)
Mon Cheri Cocktail Bar
Mon Cheri Cocktail Bar has the most original cocktails in Kalamata, served in a bar with a luxurious throwback feel. The bar has Art Deco touches like metal, tile, mirrors, and plush suede barstools. There’s also a large patio out front on the busy 23rd Of March Square.
In addition to a nice list of signature cocktails, plus spritzes and classic cocktails (which include some 2-for-1 specials at Happy Hour), there are some truly inventive drinks. The bartenders make their own limoncello as well as other infusions.
For example, I enjoyed La Schtroumpfette, a cocktail featuring mushroom-infused bourbon along with maraschino liqueur, Drambuie, sweet vermouth, agave syrup, and bitters. The interesting drink had a bit of an umami flavor that added complexity to it.
Mon Cheri Cocktail Bar is the best bar in Kalamata for those who are passionate about creative cocktails.
Kyttaro Rock Bar
In addition to being the best craft beer bar in Kalamata, Kyttaro Rock Bar also has a massive whiskey selection.
The bar has a long list of whiskey cocktails (plus others if that’s not your thing). It’s been named one of the best bars in Greece.
Beach Bars in Kalamata
In addition to the nice cocktail bars in Kalamata’s city center, there are many beachside bars along the waterfront. Most of these beach bars are only open seasonally, but some are open year-round.
Popular spots include Le Jardin, Da Luz, Tricky Bar, Secada Beach & Resto Bar, Ego Bar, and Seaside Beach Bar.
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