Athens is different to most other European capitals. The best opportunity to enjoy the full range of nightlife is in the winter as opposed to the summer. This is because many establishments follow the tourists on to the islands during the hotter months. Of course this doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time after dark in the city.
Club life in Athens is growing steadily with more and more internationally renowned DJs playing in the city’s clubs. Don’t go to them until late at night though. They don’t open until around 11pm, don’t get going until between midnight and 1am and don’t shut usually until 6am! A night’s clubbing in Athens can take its toll.
If clubbing isn’t your thing, there is a vibrant live music scene in Athens. Whether it is jazz, rock, or local bands which you plan on seeing, all are always playing somewhere in the city. For the best listings check out Kathimerini, an English supplement with the Herald Tribune.
A lot of the nightlife spills out on the streets and there is always a good atmosphere in the city. This comes from the various bars which are scattered all over. As the bars don’t close until approximately 4am, you don’t feel like you’re missing out on too much if you don’t go to a club.
116 Ermou, Psiri, Athens, Greece
One of Athens' most popular clubs, Loud Mansion attracts those who like to party until sunrise at the weekends to the sounds of the world's most popular DJs.
Open Thurs-Sun 11pm-late; admission €12 approx.
41 Kydathineon, Plaka, Athens, Greece
While it is by no means the liveliest of bars, Brettos is one of Athens' most intriguing and is worth visiting if only to check out the multicoloured collection of bottles facing you as you walk in.
Open daily from 10am-midnight.
Loukianou 6, Kolonáki, Athens, Greece
Rock n Roll is one of Athens' most popular bars and is a great place if you are looking for a lively night. At the weekends the doormen have tend to be picky so put the gladrags on!
Corner of Othos Themistokleous & Othos Gamveta, Athens, Greece
This is Greece's most 'all-round' club playing pop music and rock music, instead of specialising in some type of dance music. It's fairly big which is good cause you will always a space to stand somewhere.
Agiou Assomaton Sq. 3, Psiri, Athens, Greece
If you like hip-hop music this should be your first port of call. A regular DJ plays the latest rap tunes to a young and hip crowd.
Lembessi 8, near Syngroú, Athens, Greece
Situated in Makriyánni where most of Athens' gay bars and clubs are, this gay bar is a popular one. Its also close to where most of the transvestites in the area hang out, making it that little bit more interesting.
Trivonianoú 17, Mets, Athens, Greece
With live jazz music playing most night, Half-Note is a great place to go any night of the week. The musicians playing are international as well as local.
Closed on Tuesdays.
Othos Epikarmou 1, corner of Othos Epikarmou and Tripodon, Athens, Greece
If you want to sample some of the best local ouzo this is one of the best places in Athens to do so. Food is also served in this bar. Considering the damage ouzo can do you, having a good meal before downing loads of the Greek liquor is a very good idea.
Astéria, Glyfádha, Athens, Greece
This beach suburb bar is full of Athens' beautiful people and a good place to be seen.
Kydathineon 41, Plaka, Athens, Greece
This family-run bar has lots of character with barrels and coloured bottles lining the wall. It is also one of the oldest distilleries in Athens.
Othos Amerikis 2, near Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece
Kingsize is a large underground bar which is popular with those who follow the dance music scene. Like some clubs in Athens, the bouncers can be choosy on who gets in so leave the white trainers at home if you plan on making a visit.
Márni 24, Platía Váthis, Athens, Greece
This is Athens' best live music venue and plays host to many of Greece's best rock and soul groups, along with some foreign acts also.