When it comes to affordable drinks and tasty mezze, Agrotikon, in Peristeri, is definitely the place to go to. Close to Efxinou Pontou square, as you go up central Thivon avenue towards Peristeri, this taverna has been a point of reference in the area since it opened in October 2012.
The owner says it is a rakadiko (a taverna with emphasis on raki and mezze) and he is right. However, the nostalgic atmosphere makes you think you are in a traditional, old-style cafe. The massive cauldron for the distillation of tsipouro, the tins, blackboard and the various utensils hanging over the bar create a rustic feeling, justifying its name (Agrotikon meaning rural).
The music played is strictly Greek with popular and traditional songs, so it is perfectly suited to the whole concept. The mezze are homemade, very tasty, and they are bound to make the best impression on your palate. The meatballs and sausages are a must-have for those who like traditional flavours, while the saganaki (fried cheese) with quaker and honey, mini patties with apple and parmesan cheese, sioufichta (handmade pasta) with mushrooms and aged gruyere, sfela cheese saganaki with tomato jam are for those looking for more original flavours. The options that you should not miss out on include the sioufichta (handmade pasta) with ouzo cream and shrimp, as well as the chicken thigh fillets grilled with herbs.
You will definitely have a good time at Agrotikon, and this means that you will have a few drinks. You don't have to worry about what exactly you will drink since you can choose among authentic raki from Crete, tsipouro from Tyrnavos, house organic wine (white, red, rose), bottled ouzo or tsipouro (a wide variety is available). The aromatic rakomelo (raki with honey) is also a best seller.
Except for raki and tsipouro, the bar is also serving drinks and food for the not-so-traditional ones!