Athens Nightlife

On any evening in Athens, the night owls are out en masse. The choices on how to divide their starlight hours outnumber the barrage of taxi cabs waiting to take them there: artistic, cultural nights at the Athens Concert Hall or any number of performance venues, glossy nightclubs with high face control, low-lit lounges with none, smokey bars, bazoukias and rembetika clubs- places to hear Greek music the way the Greeks like it, and...really this list could get quite lengthy so we've saved you some reading by offering our top ten nightlife list, which takes all of these things into consideration and offers the best of the best.

It's not easy to top out a 2,000 year-old stadium with perfect acoustics directly under the Acropolis. Catching a performance at the Herod Atticus remains one of the most memorable things one can do while in Athens, particularly during the summer during the Athens Festival when it hosts a wide array of Greek musicians, ancient Greek theater, international dance and symphony orchestras.

Technopolis in Gazi is likewise unique as a venue, staging progressive musical, theatrical, and artistic events in a 19th-century gas factory for which the area is named. The modernity of the performances suits the area of Gazi, but for more traditional acts, the Athens Concert Hall or "Megaron" and the Greek National Opera have classical programs.

In the nightclub category, Villa Mercedes, Balthazar, and Rock N Roll are some of the most high-profile places in Athens. They're best suited for social climbers with deep pockets and not the thin of skin. Countless hopefuls have been turned away after a scrutinous screen by the doorman looking to keep out the ratty-tatty commoners. Six D.O.G.S attracts Athens' bohemian intellectuals into its varied performance space offering four bars, contemporary art, and live music acts that can best be described as Greek-indie.

On the contrary, the Low Profile is your approachable, easygoing best friend that just happens to have excellent taste in blues and Europe's largest selection of malt whiskey. Its Kolonaki address draws a worldly discriminating crowd fond of obscure American music and seeing the same ol' faces. The same crowd appreciates the Half Note Jazz Club, an old school venue where blues, jazz, and world musicians play in an intimate atmosphere of tables surrounding a small stage.

It's important to note that we didn't include bazoukias or skiladikos in this particular list. These sorts of establishments are deeply Greek and there are a number of extravagant places to hear this specific music that is not for the average traveler but rather for a full-immersion Athens experience.

{photo courtesy of travelsnippets via flickr}

Odeon of Herod Atticus

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Dionysiou Areopagitou Street

Classical music in a Roman theatre... read more

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Gazi Technopolis Manos Chatzidakis

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100 Pireos Street

Art In Former Gas Factory... read more

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Athens Concert Hall (Megaron)

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Vas. Sofias & Kokkali
(at Kokkali Street)

State of the art venue with brilliant acoustics...
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Half Note Jazz Club

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17 Trivonianou Street

From hard bop to free jazz... read more

Low Profile

Lykavitou 6

Whiskey and Blues in Greece... read more


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27 Tsocha Street

Great food, elite bar... read more

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Villa Mercedes

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Andronikou & 11 Tzaferi Streets
(Pireos Street and Benaki Museum Annex)

Mega trendy club restaurant... read more

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Greek National Opera

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Akadimias Street 59-61

World class productions of ballet and opera...
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6 Loukianou St. Kolonaki

Face Control at Ypsilantou and Loukianou Street...
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Six D.O.G.S

Avramiotou 6-8

Four bars, an art gallery, and a packed calendar of events... read more

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41 Kydathineon

Ouzo Specialty... read more

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Aeigli Lallabai cafe

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Aigli Zappeiou

The upscale place in the shade of the National Gardens... read more

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Abyssinias Cafe

Plateia Abyssinia

Good food and superb atmosphere for lovers of old things... read more

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Melina Mercouri Cafe

22 Lysiou

Romantic Bar/Cafe Dedicated to Greece's Golden Girl... read more

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Plateia Filikis Etaireias 18

A Kolonaki classic for your coffee-newspaper moment... read more

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Booze Cooperativa

57 Kolokotroni Street

A progressive drinking institution... read more

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Rosebud Cafe Bar

40 Skoufa Street

Jazz, blues, and whiskey on Skoufa street... read more


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Skoufa 34

Kolonaki hub for coffee, news, lingering... read more

Skipper's Yacht and Roll

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Marina Alimou

Coffee and cold beer directly on the harbor...
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Ancient Theatre of Epidavros

World heritage sites can make spectacular music venues... read more
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