Nightlife in Athens
Nightlife in Athens – The capital of Greece is also the Greek capital of entertainment. You’re looking for bars and clubs that will be open till the following morning even on week nights? You feel like having dinner after midnight? You want to dance all night long to the rhythms of both Greek and international music? You plan to spend the night out with your better half, maybe romancing in the moonlight by a worldwide famous monument? You want to enjoy international cultural events, or go to classical or modern music concerts in winter or summertime venues? You can experience all the above and much more while you discover nightlife in Athens.
Enjoy your nights out in the hottest destination in Athens: you’ll find all kinds of restaurants, nightclubs, cafes, bars, lgbt clubs, interesting places for theatre performances, cinemas, art galleries, mezedopoleia (serving a variety of mezedes meaning titbits), souvlaki eateries, live shows and loud music performed in Technopolis. Take the metro line 3 and get off at Kerameikos station.
Thiseio faces the Acropolis hill and it is very popular with Greeks and tourists alike; have your coffee or drink next to this renowned monument which dominates the area. Take a romantic stroll especially along Dionysiou Areopagitou St. (pedestrians only).
At the foot of the Acropolis hill, you will find a traditional Athenian neighbourhood where folk music playing and dancing takes place in old style tavernas and restaurants with tasty Greek dishes, and cozy cafes offer the best views.
Monastiraki and Psyrri
Monastiraki is an area with an oriental ambiance: low buildings, narrow cobbled streets, a flea market, and almost no cars. Explore its vintage bars, stylish restaurants, old-fashioned cafes, tavernas and shops. Have a memorable night out in Psyrri listening to live Greek music, while enjoying your meal.
This is Athens’ downtown area with busy businesses and offices during the day and hot entertainment establishments for your nights out. You’ll find trendy restaurants, bars, clubs, art venues and galleries. Take your pick!
No visit to Athens is complete without a trip to Exarchia. Famously known as the “anarchist district,” the neighborhood has long been home to Athens’ artists, activists and intellectuals. It’s also the site of the Polytechnic University, where a student uprising helped bring down a military junta in the 1970s. Travelers often come to check out the area’s incredible street art, but that’s not all Exarchia has to offer. During the day you can browse the many record, comic and book stores, as well as take in a gallery show at Hot Wheels or CHEAPART, but it’s nighttime when this area really comes alive.
There are so many bars and tavernas in Exarchia — usually with crowded tables that spill over onto the sidewalk — that your problem isn’t going to be finding a place to have a drink, but deciding which one to choose from. Here is a guide to the best of Exarchia after dark.
Syntagma Square area
In the area around Syntagma Square and in the streets that lead to Monastiraki you’ll find numerous spots to enjoy yourselves on your night out in Athens: Romvis, Kolokotroni, and Thiseos Streets, the neighbouring cobbled narrow roads and Karytsi and Agia Eirini Squares are night time hotspots.
Once, this square was quiet and picturesque, with the church of St. George located at the centre of it. It is now high on the list of must-visit places if you want to have a great time: you’ll find cafes and bars to enjoy your food and drinks while listening to music that is changed depending on the time of day. In some of them, dancing is an extra option for you – for as long as you wish.
Agia Eirini Square
Agia Eirini Square is yet another nightlife hotspot, situated where Aiolou and Karagiorgi Servias Streets meet, adjacent to Kolokotroni Street, near Plaka and Monastiraki areas. Local establishments are usually full with people who enjoy their cocktails or refreshments in an area with nice views to Agia Eirini Church and to beautiful neoclassical buildings. Old meets new here with a positive outcome, as there’s a cozy warm atmosphere about this square. Small tip: here, you’ll find some of the best souvlaki eateries in Athens. Enjoy!