Athens Nightlife

From ancient Greek tragedies in quarried amphitheaters to the chicest dance clubs, Athens rocks at night. Several of the former industrial districts are enjoying a renaissance, and large spaces have filled up with galleries, restaurants, and theaters—providing one-stop shopping for an evening's entertainment. The Greek weekly Athinorama covers current performances, gallery openings, and

films, as does English-language Kathimerini, inserted in the International New York Times (available Monday through Saturday). The monthly English-language magazine Insider has features and listings on entertainment in Athens, with a focus on the arts. Odyssey, a glossy bimonthly magazine, also publishes an annual summer guide in late June, sold at newsstands around Athens with the season's top performances and exhibitions. You can also "tune in" to the regular English reports on municipal station Athens International Web Radio for what's happening around town; click for Athens International Radio on their website (

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Palia Taverna

  • Music Clubs

This taverna has everything: good food, barrel wine, an acoustic duo with guitar and bouzouki playing old Athenian songs in an 1882 house.

Rembetiki Istoria

  • Music Clubs

The oldest rembetika music hangout in Athens is open every night of the week, and the live performance starts at 10 pm (11 pm on Friday).

Rex Music Theatre

  • Dance Clubs

Over-the-top is the way to describe a performance at Rex Music Theater—it's a laser-light show, multicostume-change extravaganza, with...

Rock n' Roll

  • Bars/Pubs

This legendary bar from the 1980s and '90s, Rock n' Roll has reopened its doors a couple hundred meters from its original location, right...

Root Artspace

  • Cafes–Nightlife

Updated and renamed in February 2015, this bar was once the Royal Stables. Sit in the courtyard or in the brick-wall restaurant for a...


  • Bars/Pubs

This gay-friendly bar-club-lounge attracts a standing-room-only crowd every weekend. The draw is the great music, the joyous vibe, and...

Stoa Athanaton

  • Music Clubs

Arcade of the Immortals" has been around since 1930, housed in a converted warehouse in the meat-market area. Not much has changed since...


  • Music Clubs

At one time or other, most of Greece's greatest rembetika musicians have played at this old-time live venue housed in an elegant neoclassic...

To Parko Eleftherias

  • Bars/Pubs

With low-key music and a romantic setting, Parko is located in the greenery next to the Megaron Mousikis concert hall (and the U.S. Embassy...


  • Dance Clubs

This successful Psirri club-restaurant is also now open in summer, one of the few in the city center to do so. Its open-air style (due...


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