My personal Athens Nightlife Guide 🙂 I’ve never been a nightlife person, even on the contrary – I join those who say, they’d fall asleep at 6 pm if they could! But in Athens I felt very different – this city is a hub of high class, sophisticated nightlife spots. And don’t worry, it doesn’t mean they’ll hurt your pocket!
Tavernas with live music in Athens: these are far not all, but the ones I know are the best for sure!
Athens, Greece: bars and clubs. Locals’ favourites
Bar 360° – perhaps, the most shining rooftop terrace in Athens. It’s a bit more expensive than the others, but the glooming, illuminated atmosphere is worth it.
Drunk Sinatra – the place is very much crowded on peak nights, and it felt like there is a reason why. A very vintage place, which I unfortunately couldn’t visit, but could only face the beautiful bordo entrance curtain. The bar was full, I didn’t have a reservation. Next time I’ll be smarter! Or you check it out and send a review 😉 Sinatra is one of the top visited nightlife places by locals .
Noel – the most beautiful bar in Athens, the most smooth cocktails, and the most festive atmosphere, an all year round holiday! Noel wins hearts from the first glimpse – it’s a place for Athenian in love with sophisticated design. Even the cocktail menu is painted till the last detail, and by the way, the same feeling is present after giving a try to one of their cocktails (which come with little popcorn pots).
You can enter the bar, no one will stop you from finding a chair for yourself (although most of the people are unsuccessfully leaving after making a round). But in order to see the most impressive part of Noel – book a table, you’ll be taken there through a red carpet path.
Couleur Locale – from morning to morning! A hidden rooftop (and not only) bar with music, drinks and locals. Don’t be afraid of entering through a quite dark and narrow passage – Athens is quite a safe city, and Couleur Locale is will pay you back with the best nightlife in Athens.
P.S. the place is really great for breakfast or lunch as well!
In order to reach the top floor terrace use the elevator on the left side after entering the bar.
Open 24h a day, hangs 1055 m above Athens, accessible using a free cable car service. You can visit it any time, but the real gambling starts after 7 pm, when the Regency Club, inviting the most sophisticated guests, opens as well.
For admission you’ll be required to present an ID card/passport and be above 21 y.o.
The casino hosts a restaurant with A la Carte menu from 9 pm, and buffet dinner from 7 pm.
Besides the cable car, you can access the casino by taxi, car, or their free shuttle (call to check to up to date timetable).
Baba au Rum – officially my favourite bar in Athens and, besides my opinion, it’s good to know that Baba was ranked among world’s 50 best bars in 2016. Be sure that you’ll be taken care of in this bar – although as you enter, you’ll get a feeling of a disorganized crowd, in a while there’ll be somebody to pick you up and find a seat.
There is a DJ in the bar, and although the music is not too diverse, you’ll definitely enjoy the feeling of being a part of Athens local nightlife. Don’t go for plain drinks – their menu is worth having a look, and the cocktails are blended with fantasy!
Recipe Bar – owned by Nikos Morfesis, one of the most famous DJ’s in Athens, it became a favourite place for the local night crowd. Besides having the best cocktails, they are also known for the best lounge, house music in Athens. The place is full daily from 6 pm to 3 am, and located in Kifisia neighbourhood.
Theory Bar & more – crowded from morning to morning, another great place in Athens for both breakfast and night crawl. It’s a garden place with one of the best cocktails in the city, locals and relaxed atmosphere just like amongst good old friends.
67 – an always crowded street bar & café, located on Benaki street (which is already a pleasant walk way to 67). The atmosphere is relaxed, but try to come for the early drinks to get a table outside, and then stay as long as you want, till the breakfast hours!
Brettos Bar Plaka – the bar is famous for their 36 flavours of home-made liqueurs, all prepared by family recipes, and carefully kept since 1909 (the recipes, not the drinks)). Although it’s located just directly in the centre, in Plaka, the place gets crowded by Athenians so fast, that tourists just can’t make it to the bar stand.
You’ll recognize Brettos from outside – the bar till the ceiling is covered with colourfull bottles waiting to be served to you!
Sugar & Salt (Ζάχαρη κι αλάτι) – an atrium located in a courtyard of a neoclassic house in Exarcheia. The place feels very authentic, and especially suitable for a romantic date, or a private event.
Revolt – another street bar, located on the sidewalk, surrounded by grafittis and fulfilled by locals with artistic tastes. The place has a friendly, welcoming ambience, nice cocktails and good price range.
In the place – the club looks more like a regular apartment, but has big ambitions, and loud parties with DJ’s from all over the world. Underground dubstep, techno, psybient, trance and local hipster audience is the best description of the place.
Chess coffee-house Skakistiko Kafenio – if you are looking for a truly male atmosphere, welcome to Skakistiko Kafenio – a place where chess are moving on from morning to night! Every table is equipped with a chess board, the owner serves coffee and meze, the walls are covered with photos of famous players. By the way, Karpov was playing here in 1992, and the coffee-house itself is 128 years old! Located on: 16, Mavromichali str., Athens, ‘Panellinion’
Transistor – a hidden bar & night club, famous for always having space to dance. Transistor is very popular on Friday and Saturday nights, drinks are served with popcorn, sometimes they host events. It’s a perfect spot for ending the night, where all goes easy, lazy and chill.
Kerameio – almost every day live music, and mostly – jazz! And what makes it even more special – Greek jazz, which you can’t hear so often outside of Greece.
Astron – an almost hidden techno club, only the loud sounds and shaking windows will confirm that you are in the right place. Astron is for those who dance until the morning, they start at midnight and finish before breakfast. The entrance is free, but you are expected to buy drinks. Check out their events here!
Bios – a bar to satisfy everyone’s taste! The basement is a theatre, the ground floor – hosts TESLA bar, 1st floor for exhibitions, and a rooftop terrace to complete the list. A hipster place with sometimes parties, and sometimes yoga classes.
Cabezon – a popular hot spots with best Athens nightlife on a budget! The best places are in the courtyard, so be sure to come before 9 pm to get a table there. Although the indoor bar is great as well. Loved by young locals for low prices & high quality service.
Faust Bar Theatre Athens – a grotesque bar and theatre with sophisticated menu and events. Is a great place for night out if you are a fan of alternative art or a couple looking for intimate atmosphere.
A Liar Man – a hidden bar in one of the most crowded parts of Athens – Keramikos. Loved by locals, for being away from tourists’ eyes, and for their secret garden functioning in summertime.
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