At Bar 8, GB Roof Garden Bar, there’s no need to feel guilty about that mid-week cocktail splurge. Their exquisite new range of healing cocktails, concocted from the natural herbs and aromas of Greece, can actually do you the power of good!
Cocktails sure aren’t what they used to be. Especially in the city of Athens. In this exciting new era of elevated mixology, every bar proprietor worth their (Himalayan rock) salt now imbues their cocktail menu with a catchy backstory or a poetic purpose.
The Grande Bretagne hotel has entered the ring with a knockout new range of exquisite “healing cocktails” that harness Mother Nature’s aromas and use botanic herbs from Greece, known since antiquity for their medicinal powers, to create a truly novel experiential encounter.
With herbs from their own garden (thyme, lavender, sage, oregano, basil), GB Roof Garden, in collaboration with Diageo, have created a medley of aromas to flavor each cocktail and connect your senses to the essence of Greece. Two long-time friends Gregory Liasides (complex Hotel Manager for GB Hotel and King George) and Giotis Angelidis of Diageo (Reserve Brand Ambassador), drew inspiration for the botanic cocktail collection from the recent archeological discovery of a 4,000-year-old perfume factory containing well-preserved vials in Aphrodite’s favourite island of Cyprus.
From the moment you walk in the door, it’s clear that this will not be your usual cocktail bar experience. In a secluded corner with heady views of Lycabettus, bustling Vassilis Sofias Avenue and the old Kalimarmaro Stadium, you will be asked about the kind of day you’ve had and how you are feeling before you are handed out a fragrance testing strip (as if you’re in Bergdorf Goodman’s perfumery) to match your mood. Finally, you are given an appropriate drink recommendation based on your emotional diagnosis.
The cocktails are served exquisitely, in beautiful perfume decanters, adding to the sensual and olfactory quality of the whole experience. We tried a vodka-based Purple Rain (Ketel One vodka), with Carrie Bradshaw-style feminine wiles and anxiety-busting lavender; followed by the more complex Basil Dream, built on Tanquarey No TEN gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, orange bitters and fresh basil leaves (which initially made you work for its rewards but was ultimately equally satisfying).
The Royal Botanic range doesn’t come cheap (most of the cocktails are priced around €20) but it is without doubt one of the most immersive and memorable cocktail concepts in the capital right now.
Read the full menu HERE
You can sample a Royal Botanic Cocktail daily at Bar 8, far end of the GB Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar (8th Floor of Hotel Grande Bretagne, Vasileos Georgiou 1A) until the end of November.
Insider Weekly, October 18, 2017.