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Athens Nightlife, Greece


If there is one city that has a vivacious nightlife, it’s definitely Athens. Life in this city begins when the sun sets and nightlife here is described as sophisticated and also varied. There is a long list of clubs, restaurants and night spots at almost every street corner in Athens. People here obviously live to party.

Traditional Music

The streets of Plaka are full of tavernas offering traditional live music. Guests can try Taverna Mostrou or the Taverna Kritikou, known for their traditional Greek music and dancing. For low-key music, there’s Daphne’s, Nefeli, Diovenis and Stamatopoulou to name a few.

Bars and Clubs


Bars and clubs are all over the Athens city metropolis. Night owls can go bar hopping along the Monastiraki area, the Psirri, the Thissio, Gazi and Zappeio bash zones. Unique club spots can also be found along the Omonia and Metaxourgeio areas. And there are still unending lines of exciting joints and hippy dance clubs at Exarheia, Kolonaki and Balthazar.

Seaside clubs are also a hit with tourists and locals alike. Coastal restaurants, cafes and bar clubs are jam-packed especially during the summer season. The Akrotiri Club Restaurant, the Bo and Mao Summers are just a few of Athens’ bets coastal joints.

Rembatika and Bouzoukia


Visitors can experience and listen to authentic rembatika and bouzoukia music. Rembatika is defined as music of the urban poor and dispossessed, and the bouzoukia traditionally is a type of guitar usually played loudly. Guests can get a load of these interesting sounds at Stoa Athanaton, the Taximi or the Frangosyriani.



Jazz clubs and cafes are also frequented by Athens’ guests. The Half Note Jazz Club, Café Asante, the House of Art and Pinakothiki features local jazz performers and offer a jazzy ambiance to welcome its guests.

Gay and Lesbian Bars


Everyone gets to experience a load of Athens’ nightlife. There are plenty of gay and lesbian bars to hang out and meet new acquaintances as well. Some of these exciting and sometimes naughty club scenes are sure to entertain the crowd. Guests can try the Blue Train, the Eyeland or Kazarma. They can party their hearts out in Lamda or Mayo and dance all night at Moe or Noiz. The Sodade is an Athenian gay nightlife institution like Lamda or escape to the S’cape where fun is all around the place.

Classical Arts and Performances


Though Athens may have hundreds of dynamic live spots, it has room for those who want to enjoy the night with classical music and performances.


The Megaron Mousikis Concert Hall stages a wide range of quartets, operas, symphonies and even recitals.

The Olympia Theater hosts performances by the Greek National Opera. While the Pallas Theater showcases performances from classical to rock and jazz concerts.

The Hellenic American Union features English and American shows. There are also art and photo exhibits at the venue’s gallery.

The Athens Center regularly stages free performances of Greek and international contemporary stage productions.


The Dora Stratou Folk Dance Theater is popular for its traditional folk dances.


There are a million ways to enjoy the nightlife in Athens. It is a city all brewing with fun and excitement.

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    review by angel posted more then 30 days ago
    This was the second guided trip we chose. We had to be on the bus at 12:30 a.m. but even with this early start we reached Athens, the capital of Greece only at about 7:30 a.m. Our first stop was the city's harbor where we made some photos of the ships but we were too tired to really enjoy it. The...
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    Probably the main point of atraction when you visit Greece capital, Athens, may by the Acropolis where the visitors can see the Parthenon. The Acropolis has become during the time a Greek simbol. It is situated in the center of Athens, at the height of 180 m from the sea level. It was biult in...
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    I've never seen such a different city before that time. On the one hand there was everything historical and full of antique things, on the other hand the place was very dirty and spoiled sometimes, mainly if you went away from the tourist places. Today it's not so bad any more, like friends told...
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