Athens Nightlife Guide

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Athens is a pretty awesome city to party in.  There is an electric vibe goin’ on every night in this city, and you won’t want to miss it!

The clubbing scene is much larger than the bar scene (at least from my perspective).  Greeks are all about dancing all night to their favorite electronic music tunes.

Many of the famous clubs are located right on the beach coast.   It is known that several big name international DJ’s stop by Athens to play a show and get the crowd going.  Hopefully you stop by Athens in the summer months, because this is when the party really kicks off!

Keep in mind that the clubs don’t open until 11PM(ish) and they go all night long.  I wouldn’t show up until at least 1, because peak hours are between 2-4AM and they won’t close until 7.

DSC03264But don’t worry if clubbing isn’t your thing, because there is a huge music scene from jazz to rock and local music that play everywhere in the city.  You can easily find an outdoor bar with a live band, and lots of people causally drinking and hanging out.

Which leads me to my next point, that much of the nightlife is spilled out on the streets of the city.  There are bars everywhere which gives Athens such a positive and vibrant atmosphere.  The bars, too, don’t close until 4 or 5AM, so you can still party all night if you don’t want to go clubbing!

The majority of the nightlife in Athens takes place in the areas of PsiriPlaka and Thissio.  All 3 districts have tons of clubs, bars and good times!

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Here is my list of the best places to party in Athens!

Disclaimer: The following list of clubs and bars was put together mostly from my own personal experiences, but also with the addition of my friends recommendations.  Things may have changed over the years, so I am trying my best to keep this list updated.  If I missed something, please comment so I can add it to the list!  Enjoy :D

*Top Clubs*

#1. Venue

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Club Venue is a great place to get a local taste of Athenian nightlife.  It just reached #30 at DJ Mag’s poll for the top 100 clubs in the world!

This club is enormous, and usually hosts big-name international DJ’s on weekends.  Previous DJ’s that have played here include Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Steve Angello, Thomas Gold and tons more!

But what makes Venue soexceptional?

The geometrical shapes, candle fountains with lava stones, led roof screens, metallic dance podiums, crystalline walls with violet twilight lighting make this club exceptional.  Venue also has THREE decently sized stages! Locals love to go to this club, which makes it that much better in my opinion.  The place to be is the VIP section located behind the DJ booth if you can afford it.  This clubs is only open in winter months and on Friday & Saturday nights.  If you go to Venue, get ready to have one of the best nights of your life!

Address:
130 Pireos, Athens Greece 11854

#2. Villa Mercedes

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Photo by John Karakatsanis on Flickr

Overview:
During daytime, Villa Mercedes is an upper-class and delicious restaurant. By night, it turns into a club where big-name DJ’s will begin to perform and the dance floor becomes becomes packed.

During summertime, this is one of the hottest clubs in Athens.  The sound system is top notch, and there is a VIP area in the middle of the club.  There are some fancy decorations around this club, like super nice chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and the walls are covered in fabric.  If you want to experience authentic Greek nightlife, then Villa Mercedes is the place for you!  The atmosphere is great and the people are very friendly.  If you happen to be in Athens on a Sunday night, stop by Villa mercedes because Sunday’s are always the most popular nights!

Address:
Andronikou & Tzaferi 11 (Pireos Street Annex), Athens

#3. Club Blend

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Club Blend is all about live electronic dance music.  Blend has been the frontrunner in the electronic scene in Athens for the last 2 decades.  Over the years, Club Blend has hosted a number of international DJ’s such as Tiesto, Fedde Le Grand, Mark Knight, Luciano and hundreds more!

You will find only pure, high quality music and sound at this club.   The capacity is a whopping 700+ people, so the experience will be something to remember forever.  Everyone will talk about this club if you are in Athens, so check it out for yourself and I promise you won’t regret it!

Address:
Aristofanous 11, Psiri, 10554 Athens

Located in the Psiri district

*Top Bars*

#1. Brettos Bar

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Photo by Randy Connolly on Flickr

Overview:
Brettos is the oldest distillery and one of the most well-known bars in Athens.   Inside, you will find hundreds of lights and colorful bottles that are decorating the walls (shown in pic).  Brettos is also home to a huge variety of Greek wine.

This historic bar is the best place to grab a drink with your friends at any time of the day, and also a great place to meet people.  The atmosphere is very low key, with soft music usually playing in the background.  You will fall in love with the authenticity of this place, and the friendly environment that makes up Brettos Bar.

Address:
Kydathinaion 42, Plaka, Athens, Greece

Located right below the Acropolis!

#2. K44

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Photo by ‘Cast-a-Blast’ on Flickr

Overview:
K44 used to be a two story warehouse, and has now turned into an awesome and popular bar.  It attracts hipsters and the alternative arts scene in Athens.   Even if you are not into alternative arts, it is still worth checking this bar out for the cultural experience.

The front bar has alternative DJ’s every night and sometimes they host special events.   Upstairs is an art studio.  This all-night bar is known for launching new music talent form indie to electro, with events on most nights of the week.   K44 also hosted the annual Young Designers International Trade Show, and is credited with a very creative crowd.

Address:
Leoforos Konstantinoupoleos 33 Gazi, Athens

Metro Stop: Keramikos

#3. Booze Cooperative

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Booze Cooperative is a laid-back hipster bar during the daytime.  It is full of young Athenians hanging out, playing chess and backgammon with their friends, and working on their Macbook Pros on a long wooden table (6 meters long).

By nighttime is a different story.  Booze Cooperative transforms into a lively atmosphere, packed with locals and good music.  Upstairs, there is a theatre and in the basement there is an art exhibition.  There is also a game room, a beer pong room, a quiet room and a loud room.  Booze Cooperative is really a unique bar that will reel you in for hours!

Address:
Kolokotroni 57, Athens, Greece

Metro Stop: Monastiraki

I hope you enjoy partying in Athens!!

 

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