Athens Nightlife

Athens's heady nightlife starts late. Most bars and clubs don't get hopping until midnight and they stay open at the very least until 3 am. Drink prices can be rather steep (about €7–€13), but the pours are generous. Often there is a cover charge on weekends at the most popular clubs, which also have bouncers (aptly called "face-control" by Greeks because they tend to let only the "lookers"

in). For a uniquely Greek evening, visit a club featuring rembetika music, a type of blues, or the popular bouzoukia (clubs with live bouzouki, a stringed instrument, music). Few clubs take credit cards for drinks.

Nightclubs in Greece migrate with the seasons. From October through May, they're in vast, throbbing venues in Central Athens and the northern suburbs; from June through September, many relocate to luxurious digs on the south coast. The same spaces are used from year to year, but owners and names tend to bounce around. Before heading out, check local listings or talk to your hotel concierge, especially during the summer. One way to avoid both lines and cover charges—since partying doesn't get going until after 1 am—is to make an earlier dinner reservation at one of the many clubs that have restaurants as well.

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Neos Rigas

  • Music Clubs

At this traditional music taverna you can get a taste of folk dances and costumes from throughout Greece. At the end of the night the...

Osterman

  • Bars/Pubs

Atmospheric, ultrapopular Osterman is housed in an old textile shop and has impossibly high ceilings and wonderful mosaic floors on lively...

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.

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...

Sodade2

  • 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...

Taximi

  • 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...

Venti

  • 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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