Athens at Night: Enchanting and Adventurous
When night falls, Athens transforms into this magical city that is full of surprises. Its monuments and historic buildings are illuminated; people let off steam after a hard day’s work and the party starts. Because Athens goes hand in hand with the big night out.
Options are countless and cater to all preferences, no matter what the season is: from easy-going bars that are ideal for conversation over an early drink, to sophisticated wine bars, rooftops with stunning views of the city and awarded cocktail bars to alternative live-music venues and night clubs.
The night entertainment “ritual” starts at the city’s cafes and continues with late dinner in one of the city’s numerous outstanding restaurants. You’ll need the energy, after all, for the night ahead.
Because Athens is truly a city that never sleeps!
The wider area of the city center that starts from Syntagma and ends in Monastiraki is the hotspot of Athens nightlife. On Kolokotroni, Romvis and Thisseos streets, including the surrounding cobbled roads, you will find plenty of bars that play good music and serve cocktails made by experienced bartenders. In Karitsi Square and Aghias Eirinis Square the volume of music increases and the tables outside are packed all night, emitting vigorous discussions.
Kolonaki is refined, posh and charming: distinctively beautiful bars with impressive decor, legendary unspoiled joints, modern nightspots that play good music. Right next to posh Kolonaki – another evidence of Athens’ nightlife diversity- lies the alternative neighborhood of Exarchia: a “city within the city” that has everything, from small cafes that stay open until late and “rakadika” serving Greek spirits and small plates, to cozy little bars and underground live stages, all laid back and unpretentious.
The beautiful neighborhood of Psyrri was recently “reborn” and “re-loved” by locals and foreign visitors alike as the alternative place to be, with its much-photographed alleys, cool hangouts and fun crowds. In the nearby area of Thissio, when night falls, after the most delightful walk in the city, relax and have a refreshing drink while enjoying the view of the breathtaking illuminated Parthenon. Walk up to the restaurant of the Acropolis Museum for a memorable dinner or drink under the sounds of live jazz music.
In the meantime, another part of the city is getting pumped up for the night: Gazi is without a doubt the mecca of nightlife in Athens, featuring Technopolis summer music events and concerts as well as a multitude of nightclubs to dance the night away. And if you feel like listening to live Greek mainstream music (“laïká”) and dancing until the first morning light, continue to Iera Odos street or – in the summer – to the city’s coastal road (Poseidonos Avenue).
From Piraeus and picturesque Mikrolimano to Faliro, from Glyfada to Voula, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, the seaside of Athens (aka Athens Riviera) is lined with atmospheric lounge bars and vibrant summer clubs right by the waterfront.
The Northern Suburbs of Athens – Kifissia, Chalandri, Maroussi, Cholargos – host some of the most feel-good bars that serve delicious drinks and play tunes which cater to a wide range of preferences.
For all that, Athens’ nightlife does not end here. Because that’s the beauty of this city; every single district, every single neighborhood has its own distinctive character and its hidden gems. They are out there, waiting to be discovered!