It is well known in city planning practice and environmental psychology that strolling around in public spaces and especially in town squares can skyrocket social interaction and actually make people happier. That given, Plateia Theatrou is a bar that scientifically has the means to create interaction between its customers as it’s actually a plaza in front of the Aristoteleion theater. The fact that Plateia Theatrou is spatially connected with the theater is the reason you can find a very interesting and peculiar mix of people hanging out there.
And just in case the ‘plaza’ spirit isn’t enough for you to interact with fellow customers, the three big communal tables will naturally do that. I don’t know if the owners have placed these tables on purpose but it doesn’t matter anyways! The communal table concept is not something new and in the past it’s been an integral part of New York’s food scene.
Although I haven’t yet tried the food menu in Plateia Theatrou, many of my friends claim that its exceptional and very delicate.
Make sure you try the cocktails, and if you consider yourself a rum lover, don’t miss my personal favorite, the ‘maricorico’ which pretty much feels like swimming in a tropical island. If the communal table is not your cup of tea, sit at the western part of the square in order to have a clear view in the White Tower, the historical landmark of Thessaloniki.