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A Practical guide to Athens Nightlife: They say the nightlife of Athens rivals that of New York, London and Paris and maybe surpasses those cities. One thing is for certain. You won't find more restaurants, bars, discos and clubs in a smaller area than you will in Athens with the majority of the nightlife being in central areas like Psiri, Plaka, and Thission and everything else being accessable by the metro. This is a listing of some of the different clubs.

Thanks to Dorian Kokas and Michalis Orphanides, two famous musicians and friends who helped compile this list and told me their favorite places. These clubs come and go so call first to make sure they still exist and if they don't, or if you know one that should be listed please let me know. You can also find club info in the Athenorama Magazine which comes out every week. It is in Greek though. Check also Athens version of Time-Out and the Athens News for special events like touring musical groups. Many of these clubs are closed in the summer so call first. See also my page for going out late in Athens

Rembetika Music Clubs:

REMBETIKI ISTORIA : 181 Ippokratous Street, Excarchia, Athens - tel: 210 6424937 Authentic rembetika by Pavlos Vasileiou and his band. Closed on Mondays. Mimi Rekkas says this is the best! The photo on the left is taken there.

PERIVOLI T' OYRANOU: Lisikratous 19, Plaka. Six Rembetika singers, cozy atmosphere. Closed Sunday and Monday. Babis Tsertos has played here in the past. (Click here for info on Babis Tsertos.)( tel. 210 3235517, 210 3222048 )

STOA ATHANATON: Sofokleos 19 in the Athens Central Meat Market. Old time Rembetika singers including some heroes of the past. Food & drinks . Open 3:30 p.m- 7:30 p.m. and at night. Closed Sunday.

DIPLOCHORDON: 13 Ag. Lavras & Galatsiou Ano Patissia. Two Rembetika singers, one Rembetist violin in musical scheme. Closed Mon. & Tue. tel.210 2283867.

PONTIKI: 9 Eptanisou and Androu, near Platia Agios Giorgiou in Kypseli has live rembetika and laika and traditional food Thurs-Sun. (Tel 210 8232971 or 210 822 6995)

Taxidi Stin Anatoli: Kypselis 31 and Sporadon in Kypseli has live laika and rembetika Thurs-Sat and a Sunday matinee. (Tel 210 8254779)

ASTROFEGGIA: 294 Patission, Agios Loukas. Seven singers, traditional violin. Closed Mon. Tue. Wed. Thurs: Tel.210 2210160.

MISIKLEOUS: 22 Mnisikleous ,Plaka. It burned down during the winter of 2005 but is probably up and running again. Open Thu. through Sun. (210 3225558 ).

STATHMOS: 22 Mavromateon, Pedio tou Areos (Green Park) Four singers. Thu. through Sun. Tel.210 8832393 & 210 8220883.

KAVOURAS: 64 Themistoklous, Exarchia. Three member laiko and Rembetoko group. Closed Sun. Tel.210 3810202.

Many places close in Athens when the weather gets warm but Stoa Athanaton in the Central Market of Athens (in the meat section) is one of the best places to hear authentic rembetika. In the daytime go to Kapni Karea Cafe which is between Metropolis and Ermou Streets in this little alley a block down from the small church of Kapni Karea in the middle of Ermou street. There is usually good music going on there in the afternoon.

One gem of a rembetika club that few people know about is in the neighborhood of Kypseli, right off Fokionos Negri, a pedestrianized avenue that is like a long narrow park that starts down by Patission street about a half mile beyond the National Museum. The club is called Karabani and features musicians like Giannis Lempesis and his excellent group or Babis Golis. Lempesis and Golis are old style rembetika singers and bouzouki players, of the same generation as Babis Tsertos, in fact they used to play together, with a dozen or so albums to their credit. Musicians in Athens change clubs from season to season so you never know who is playing where unless you check the weekly Athinorama magazine. The club is open on Friday and Saturday nights with the music beginning around 11pm and they have a Sunday Matinee starting at about 1pm with a special price of 20 euros for food, wine and entertainment. Its easy to find if you walk up Fokionos Negri from Patission, its the street after the old market on the right. Or if you take the 2, 4 or 9 trolley and get off at Platia Kypseli you can walk down it is on the left on the corner of Zakynthou Street. For reservations call 210 8251896 or 210 822-1264. Friendly place and great music. Prices for food are at normal taverna levels so you don't have to go broke eating, drinking and listening to good music.

Tavernas with Live Greek Music:

AMBELOFILO: 3 Karagiani & Samothrakis, Kypseli. Light Greek Island music. Traditional Greek food. Call for days and hours. Tel.210 8678862.

ELAFOKINIGOS: 5 Stavrou street ,Girokomeio. Specializing in all types of game ( fowl,deer, etc ) closed Monday.( tel.210 8252767 ).

Karabani Restaurant: (see above too)is next to the old Kypseli Laiki market on the corner of Fokionos Negri and Zakynthos street in a basement where you can eat, drink and listen to rembetika-laika singers and bouzouki players like Giannis Lempesis on Friday-Saturday nights and all day Sunday. Call 210 8251896 or 210 8221264 for reservations, though you can probably just show up and find a table.

Ethnic, Latin and Other Music Clubs:

PALENQUE 41 Farantatou,Goudi.Open every night.Live bands.Latin party every Sat.Every Sunday live tango with famous Latin bands.Every Monday Cuban Salsa party.

Tue: live flamingo.Wed: live Cuban ,Latin dancing.Lessons every Sun throughThu.early. ( highly recammended by Michaeli ) TEL: 210 7487548.

AISOPOU MYTHOS: Aisopou 11, Psyrri, Plaka.Wine bar, live jazz & ethnic with alternating bands. No music on mondays.(210 3310884 )

KSEXASMENO PIGADI: Ag. Lauras 87, ANO PATISIA. Rock, Latin, Blues, Jazz, Wednesday- Sunday. (highly recommended by Michaelis ). TEL:210 22283063

Asante: Damareos 78. Pangrati. Tel. 210 756-2102

Caraho: A Soutsou 15. Kolonaki. Tel.210 363-5031

Folie: Eslin 2. Ambelokipi. Tel. 210 646-9852

Cubanita Havana Club: 28 Kariaskaki in Psiri. Live latin band and latin DJ, food and dancing all night long. Just around the corner from Iroon Square. This place can get pretty wild at night and lots of fun. Great band. Tel. 210 331 4605

Live Rock Clubs:

AN: 13 Solomou, Exarchia. Well known Greek bands and touring bands from the UK and USA. 10pm.to the wee morning hours. Indoors. (recommended by Dorian and Michaeli) Matt Barrett used to play here. When you go ask when he is playing again. Tel. 210 3305056

CAMEL CLUB: 268 Vouliagmenis . Wed. to Sat.,the band "Anikti Thalasa". (recommended by Michaeli) Tel. 210 9716145

ROCKLAND: 2 Frantzi & Sygrou 55. House band with guest stars every Sat.

STAVROS TOU NOTOY: Frantzy & Tharipou 37, Neo Kosmos. Greek & American rock, changes of bands every day. Mon. through Fri. Panos Katsimichas from the famous Katsimichas brothers sings his top 10 Greek folk rock songs. Panos and I (Dorian) started the band "Agapanthos" which brought us notoriety. Needless to say I highly recommend this club. Tel. 210 9226975, 210 9239031.

Kittaro: This is one of the first and best rock clubs in Athens starting back in the early seventies when it hosted season long shows by both Socrates and Savopoulos among others. Now the shows change nightly with big shows on the weekends. If you look for posters you can see who is playing. They host a Beatles night on Mondays with a solid Beatles tribute band and famous guest performers. Its near Platia Victoria.

RODON: 24 Marni near Platia Vathi. This club is in a class of its own with major artists appearing here like Robert Plant, Peter Green, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uriah Heep, and not to mention almost every touring punk, hardcore and heavy metal band that makes it to Greece. Tel. 210 5247427.

Gagarin Live Music Space: Liosion 205 near the Attikis Metro station. This club is a little out of the way but may be one of the best places in the world to see your favorite bands. Besides the usual touring young acts, last summer brought Vanilla Fudge and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders to Gagarin. They usually advertise their bands with well designed and beautiful posters that you will see around town and in the record shops and cafes. Tel. 210 8547600.

Also keep your eyes and ears open for concerts by well-known artists in the theater on Mount Lycavettos. Fantastic setting for a show. I have seen James Brown, Roy Harper, the Byrds, Nikos Papazoglou and a few others there. Other acts who have played Lycavettos are Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies, Deep Purple, Motorhead and others. Look for posters around Athens or check the Athens News.

Rock Jazz Hip Hop Clubs:

PARAFONO: is a live-music club dedicated to jazz and blues - located near the center of Athens. For almost 25 years it has attracted a devoted following of music lovers that come to hear the most respected names in jazz and blues. Its cabaret setting, superb sound system and lively audience are what make Parafono the ideal venue in which to experience some of the very best JAZZ and BLUES entertainment offered in Greece. Sunday night is Dan & Katey's HOOTENANNY: Country, Rock, Acoustic Jam so if you are a musician bring the tools of your trade. Parafono is on 1 S. Kirinis str & 130a Asklipiou str which is on the back side of Lykavettos. You can phone 210 644-6512 for directions or e-mail them at mail@parafono.gr

BOSSA NOSTRA: 22 Aristophanous, Psyrri. Red decor. Some Latin. Tel. 210 3244891 ALSOS Pedio tou Areos (Green Park) Greek laika and rock alternative. Tel.210 8212271.

GRAFFITI: 192 Sygrou, Kallithea. Wed. classical rock; Thu. & Sat. trip hop, drums and bass, Fri. reggae; Sun. live jazz. Tel. 210 9597995.

LOOP: 3 Ag. Asomatou, Thisio. Alternate bands.

60'S and 70'S Pop and Rock Clubs:

Matt Barrett's favorite hangout is the James Joyce Pub at Astiggos 12 in Monastiraki. With an extensive bar menu, lots of imported beers, great music and lots of energetic X-pats who seem to be mostly Irish and Greek-Irish. They open at noon daily and stay open late. Their bigscreen TVs show sports from all over the world including NFL Football, Major League Baseball and NBA Basketball as well as Cricket, European Football and whatever else happens to be on. In my opinion this is the best bar in Athens and over the Christmas holidays I ended most nights here. But I could easily begin my nights there too because they have great food. Introduce yourself to Diedra and Tom (the tall guy) and settle in for a night of beer and conversation with whoever happens to be sitting next to you since they will most likely speak English. Some nights they have live music. To find it from Monastiraki just walk down Hepheston or Iphestos (next to the old metro station) to the end. Turn right and then left and it is half way down the block across from the big hole the American School of Archaeology left.

Mikes Irish Bar: On Sinopis street in the Athens tower, this college style bar plays live music on most nights, serves great draft beer and has an atmosphere that will make you think you are in Austin Texas, Boston, Mass or Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Go on a night when Johnny Vavoura and his band (photo) are playing and treat yourself to a night of traditional rock and roll. Call 210 7776797. Recommended by Matt Barrett because he happened to go on a night when Vavoura was playing. But keep in mind that if you are over 21 and not into heavy metal and really don't like trying to order a beer while standing 6 people deep at the bar you might want to avoid Saturday nights and probably Friday nights too. Especially if you don't smoke. Don't expect a typical Irish Pub full of interesting working-class Irishmen in animated conversation either. The name is pretty deceptive because generally it can be so loud that you can't hear anybody and know if they are Irish, Greek or from Katmandu.

SIXTIES: Posiedonos Ave. 62,P Faliro.(by the sea).Live sixties band, many alternating guest stars. Perhaps the best sixties music in Greece.(highly recommended by Dorian and Michaelis ) Closed Sunday and Monday Tel. 9819355, 9812741.

TOP STADIUM Hotel Stadio, Bas. Kostantinou 38. Alternative singers, Closed Sun. and Mon. Tel. 210 7226054.

MEMORIES M. Mousourou 1, Mets. 4 singers alternate; warm, cozy, full menu. Open Wed., Fri., Sat. Tel. 210 9225712, 210 9226672.

WILD ROSE 10 Panepistimiou, Center of Athens. Pop, sixties, rock party on tuesdays, blue gray decor. Open every day. Tel. 210 3642160.

FOLIE FOLIE 2 Elsin, Ambelokipi. Mon. reggae, Tue.Latin, Wed.Samba, Thu.hip hop, Fri.funk, Sat.mix, Sun. sixties. Open 'till late. (recommended) Tel. 210 6469852.

The legendary Greek rock group Socrates is playing in our around Athens so check the Athenorama weekly events magazine.

Peter Abanoudis is the owner and host at the legendary Red Lion Pub which opened in Athens as the first authentic English Pub in 1972 and has been a popular meeting place for members of the foreign community and travelers. For those who are looking for a little familiarity or can't afford to visit both Greece and the UK on one holiday the Red Lion is a great place to meet people. You can sit at the bar and order from his selection of imported and Greek beers in bottles and on tap. English is spoken widely in this pub and in fact you can even forget you are in Greece. They have dart tournaments and a DJ who plays Rock & Roll tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. To get to the Red Lion just find the Hilton and the Caravelle Hotels and it is in the small park between them at 16 Nidiron. It's a 15 minute walk from Syntagma or you can take the Blue Line of the Metro towards Ethniki Amyna and get off at the stop called Evangelismos. Recommended highly by Tom Mazarakis. Open Mondays through Saturdays (Sundays it is closed) Hours of Operation: 8:00 PM until the last customer leaves.. . . . . .

Jazz Blues Funk Clubs:

Cafe Boheme: at 36 Omirou Street in Kolonaki is a bistro-style restaurant (maybe the best in Athens) with a great little bar, interesting patrons and a DJ with terrific taste in music. Listen to cool traditional jazz and blues as well as stuff like Frank Sinatra, big band and music that your parents might have listened to if you don't. Cassandra Wagstaffe is the owner and host and is the daughter of the drummer of Wishbone Ash. Wonderful ambience and attentive and beautiful bartenders make this a place to go anytime. If you are looking for a small, intimate bar to make your home this is it. Walk up Omirou from Stadiou street across from Kolokotronis Statue and it is just past Akadamias Street. Tel. 210 3608018.

BE BOP: Orminou 4, Hilton Hotel. Live Greek rock, plus jazz, funk, soul. Open all evenings. (recommended by Michaeli) Tel. 210 7221708.

BLUES: 20 Panormou, Ambelokipi. Only blues in old neo-classical house. Open all evenings. Not live. Tel. 210 6433372.

EMPLEON: 20 Laskaratou, Ano Patissia. Funk, soul, rock. Every Thu. Latin and Caribian fiesta

HALF NOTE: 17 Tribonianou, Mets. Opens at 11 pm. Live jazz, blues, R&B, American and International name acts.

KIBUBU: 9 Galatsiou, Patissia. The owner is a very good friend of ours. Mexican, Latin decor. Caters to all age groups. Indoors and out. (recommended by Dorian and Michaeli) .

Action Folie: Akti Dilaveri 9-11. Mikrolimano. Tel. 210 417-4325

Astrolavos : M. Antipa 62-66. N Iraklia. Tel. 210 271-8205

Blues People: Kelsou 5-7 and Bouliagmenis 63. Tel.210 924-6978

Poikili Stoa: at 14 Agiou Filippou Street is an ouzeri-mezedopoulion-snack bar with a spectacular view of the Acropolis and ancient Athens, and an owner and staff who love American Blues and Jazz and are eager to play it and talk about it. Tel: 210 321-0431.

Allotivo: is for those who like to listen to sophisticated jazz in a small classy bar while drinking fine scotch and whiskies, high-end tequila and hard to find imported beers on tap. A hangout for the actors and actresses who live in Kypseli, its an intimate place, hard to find but once you do you will probably come back. Its at Eptanisou 16 in Platia Georgiou, Kypseli. If you walk down Patission past the Archaeology museum and turn right on Tinou you will come to it. Tel 210 8215331.

Alternative Music:

Bar Code: 34 Syntagmatos Pezikou 6. Tel. 210 422-2829

Berlin : Herakleidon 8: Tel. 341-0239

Decadence : Boularotounou 69. Lofos Strefi. Tel.210 882-3544

MAD: 14 Syngrou. Makriyanni. Tel. 210 922-6694

Mo Better: Themotokleos and Koletti. Tel. 210 381-2981

Plan B: Lempesi 19. Arches Syngrou. Tel. 210 942-2737

Xorostasio: Skouleniou 2. Klathmonos Square. Tel. 210 331-4330

Free-Style Music Clubs:

122 : Doukisis Plakentias 122 and Panormou. Ambelokipi.

Animal : Kerameikou 51. Tel. 210 522-7870

Astron : Taki 3. Psiri. Tel. 0977 469-356

Cafe Folie: 156 Kiffisias. N Psihico. Tel.210 674-0264

Delight : Ermou 116. Tel. 210 323-5330

Fidelio : Ogigou 2 and Nauarachou Apostoli. Psiri. Tel. 210 321-2977

Groovin : Pratinou 80. Pangrati. Tel. 210 725-1738

Light Love Life: Boutsadon 50. Gazi. Tel.210 342-4779

Loop : Ag Asomaton Square. Thission. Tel. 210 324-6446

Muller : Benaki 62. Exarchia. Tel. 210 383-0550

Nipiagogio : Elasidon and Kleanthos 8. Gazi. Tel. 210 345-8534

Whisper : Sina 19 and Skoufa. Tel. 210 364-1130

Zoo : Michalokopoulou and Sebastias. Illissia. Tel. 210 778-6672

House & Techno Music Clubs:

Block : Pigis 3 and Akadamias. Tel. 210 384-0205

Bossa Nostra: Aristophanous 22, Platia Iroon. Psiri. Tel. 0977 126417

City Grove: Bourbaki and Korizi 4. Makrianni. Tel. 210 924-0740

Garage : Sygrou 115a. Fix. Tel. 210 924-8211

Macamba : 22 Vouliagmenis. Tel. 210 924-9430

+Soda : 161 Ermou. Thission. Tel. 210 345-6187

Playroom : Akadamias 43. Tel. 210 364-5027

Venue( The Uptown): Kiffisias and Sina 7. Marousi. Tel. 210 610-6869

U-Matic (Future Club): Vouliagmenis 268. Tel. 210 971-6145

Mainstream Music Clubs:

Bareladiko Next Generation : Tefthidos 7. Peristeri. Tel. 210 578-2222

Camel Club: Iraklidon 74 and Peraios. Thissio. Tel. 210 347-6847

EXO : Marko Mousouri 1. Mets. Tel. 210 923-5818

Hook Planet: Akti kondili 40. Ag Dinoysious. Pireaus. Tel. 210 461-9924

Kalua : Amerikis 6. Syntagma. Tel. 210 360-8304

Loft Loft (Tonight) : 215 Kiffisias. Marousi. Tel. 806-6802

Prime Vision: 22 Vouliagmenis. N. Kosmos. Tel. 210 924-6688

Privilege : Peraios 130 and Alkesonios. Gazi. Tel. 210 347-7311

Sabbia Downtown: Ermou 18. Tel. 210 324-3741

Sex : Gravias 10. Pireaus. Tel. 210 412-6755

Space of Sound: Amerikis 2. Tel. 210 321-0900

Wild Rose: Panepistimiou 10. Tel. 210 364-2160

Athens is famous for its vibrant nightlife. The Athenians like to party and will do so almost every night of the week. The choices are plenty and they appeal to all tastes and lifestyles. In general, things get started pretty late: after midnight for bars and clubbing and after 10:00 p.m. for dinner at the city's tavernas, Athens Restaurants and bar-restaurants. Athens nightlife is also affected by the people - The Greeks are known for their love-of-life lifestyle; a sort of "OPA!" mentality that includes good food and good company, regardless of age. In Greece, life is for living and leaving your worries behind. The result is a good-hearted, energetic city with bars and restaurants to match.

Hip areas include Gazi, Psirri, Metaxourgio, Monastiraki, Theseion and Kolonaki. Traditional Greek evenings can be spent in Plaka.

At Psirri you will find some of Athens' hottest clubs and bars. Large and small, they play all types of music from Greek, rock and ethnic to Latin, pop and jazz. Psirri has become an Athenian favourite. A tour to Athens nightlife would not be complete without a visit to the industrial district of Gazi. Most of the galleries, mainstream bars, restaurants, clubs and Greek nightclubs here (featuring live Greek pop singers), are trademarked by their industrial design as many of them are housed in remodelled -- and once abandoned -- factories. Gazi is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods of Athens nightlife. Plaka - Monastiraki are two ancient, historic and all-time classic Athenian neighborhoods popular with visitors, they do not have many big dance clubs and bars, but offer lively, traditional places to enjoy Greek culture year-round as well as several rock and jazz clubs. To truly experience modern Athens nightlife, we recommend spending a few hours at a Greek nightclub with live Greek music. You will find plenty nightclubs with live Greek music along Syggrou Avenue and at the industrial strips of Iera Odos and Pireos Street in Gazi. In the summer months, the action moves to Poseidon Avenue and the coastal towns of Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni. Kolonaki is a staple dining and entertainment destination, catering to the city's urban working professionals who enjoy an after work cocktail at many of its bars that are open - and busy - until after midnight, even on weekdays. The clubs here are also very chic. Exarchia is where to go for smaller more bohemian style haunts that cater to artists and college students. At the foot of Strefi Hill is where you will find most of the bars and clubs, many of which play rock music. An alternative option of Athens nightlife.

Athens nightlife is just overflowing with modern, bohemian, ethnic, Latin, dance, rock, fashion and mainstream bars, lounges and clubs. Go out and have fun, Athens nightlife is waiting for you.