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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360 Cocktail Bar

  • Cafes–Nightlife

With a menu of more than 70 cocktails (especially good are the Gspiced, the Baby Oak, and the Negroni) and an extensive wine list, there...

Aliarman

  • Bars/Pubs

Hidden in one of the tiny backstreets of the popular district of Gazi is this cozy treasure. The converted workers' house has a fairy-tale...

Anifori

  • Music Clubs

This friendly, popular club is housed in the neighborhood's old primary school and has been proudly hosting both rembetika and dimotika...

Balthazar

  • Bars/Pubs

Athenians of all ages come to escape the summer heat at this stylish, upscale bar-restaurant in a neoclassical house with a lush garden...

Baraonda

  • Dance Clubs

Beautiful people, breakneck music, and a VIP vibe have made this club-restaurant a perennial city favorite all year-round. The food here...

Bios

  • Cafes–Nightlife

Cool architects and graphic designers, arty students and intellectuals, revolutionaries and experimental philosophers: they all hang...

Boemissa

  • Music Clubs

Usually crowded and pleasantly raucous, Boemissa attracts a young crowd, especially university students, who quickly start gyrating in...

Booze Cooperativa

  • Bars/Pubs

Laptops, coffee mugs, and chess sets cover the long wooden tables in this central Athens joint by day. By night, chatty partygoers squeeze—booze...

Brettos

  • Bars/Pubs

With walls adorned by brightly lit bottles in all colors of the spectrum, Brettos is a favorite hangout of many locals who come here...

Briki

  • Bars/Pubs

On hot summer nights, the fountain in Mavili Square (a five-minute walk from the Athens Hilton and next to the U.S. Embassy), spreads...

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