Nightlife in Athens
Like many other metropolitan cities, Athens is said to never sleep. Some say that Athens is more vibrant at night. In fact, Athens offers more opportunity for nightlife than most other cities. The Greeks are known for their love-of-life lifestyle; a mentality that includes good food and good company, regardless of age. In Greece, life is for living and leaving your worries behind. The result is a good-hearted, energetic city with bars and restaurants to match. You have a lot of options: ancient Greek drama in a theater dated to the period the play was written, world famous orchestras playing music ranging from classical music to jazz in Megaron Mousikis, one of the most modern concert halls of Europe, unique musical stages and clubs offering variety and creativity.
Athens boasts an abundance of rooftop cocktail bars, so whether it’s sweet sundowners you’re after or live DJ sets until the early hours, it has it all. Athens offers nightlife fans special nights out. Whatever you choose to do, you will discover that nightlife here offers variety and unique choice, making it possible to enjoy throughout the night. The only problem is that the following day you have to go sightseeing…
You may start your evening out at one of the select restaurants or one of the distinctive Greek tavernas located in every neighborhood of the city. The atmosphere in Greek restaurants is relaxed and friendly and the food is excellent. You may go to a taverna with live Greek music, or one of hundreds of popular bars, clubs, and night spots where the orchestra plays all types of music.
One may find bars in all central areas (such as Karytsi Square, Gazi, St. Irini Square, Kolonaki, Syntagma and many others), and all the suburbs, (among others, Kifisia, Faliro, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Voula, Varkiza). For many, a night out at a place with live bouzouki music is an unforgettable experience. Make a point of going out to bouzoukia while you’re here. You’ll listen to popular Greek music, sing, dance and have a great time. Athens nightlife is just overflowing with modern, bohemian, ethnic, Latin, dance, rock, fashion and mainstream bars, lounges and clubs. Go out and have fun, Athens nightlife is waiting for you.
Popular areas include Agias Erinis Square, Gazi, Psyri, Monastiraki, Syntagma, Thesseion, Karytsi Square and Kolonaki. Traditional Greek evenings can be enjoyed in Plaka. At Psyri you will find some of Athens' liveliest clubs and bars. Large and small, they play all types of music from Greek, rock and ethnic to Latin, pop and jazz. A tour to Athens nightlife would not be complete without a visit to the industrial district of Gazi. Art galleries, mainstream bars, restaurants, clubs and Greek nightclubs here (featuring live Greek pop singers), are trademarked by their industrial design as many of them are housed in remodeled -- and once abandoned -- factories.
Gazi is one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Athens nightlife. Plaka and Monastiraki are two ancient, historic and all-time classic Athenian neighborhoods popular with visitors, they do not have many big dance clubs and bars, but offer lively, traditional places to enjoy Greek culture year-round as well as several rock and jazz clubs. Kolonaki is a staple dining and entertainment destination, catering to the city's urban working professionals who enjoy an after work cocktail at many of its bars that are open - and busy - until after midnight, even on weekdays. The clubs here are also very chic.
To truly experience modern Athens nightlife, we recommend spending a few hours at a Greek nightclub with live Greek music. You will find plenty of nightclubs with live Greek music along Syngrou Avenue and at the industrial strips of Iera Odos and Pireos Street in Gazi. In the summer months, the action moves to Poseidonos Avenue and the coastal towns of Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni.
A LIAR MAN
2 Sofroniou St., Gazi
tel.: 210 342 6322 www.aliarman.gr
11 Kalamiotou & Athinaidos Sts., Kapnikarea
tel.: +30 210 323 4095 www.faust.gr
bar / theater / arts
32-34 Voutadon St., Gazi
tel.: 210 346 0347 www.gazarte.gr
Gorgeous night view of the Acropolis and the idle chimneys of Technopolis from the ample terrace of the roof but also the spacious interiors, with well-chosen music selections. Well-made good-sized cocktails, and Mediterranean finger food.