Nightlife in Athens

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. Thanks.


(Call for programs. For more information on GreekMusic go to my Rembetika page )
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.

NTOYZENI 8 Makroyianni near the Acropolis. Open Thursday through Sunday with four Rembetika singers. ( tel.210 9227597, 210 9219427) Matt likes this place.

PERIVOLI T' OYRANOU Lisikratous 19, Plaka. Six Rembetika singers, cozy atmosphere. Closed Sunday and Monday.
( tel. 210 3235517, 210 3222048 )
STOA ATHANATON Sofokleos 19. Six Rembetika singers including Takis Benes. 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, Kypseli. New & Old "laika" music. Closed Mon. & Tue.
ASTROFEGGIA 294 Patission, Agios Loukas. Seven singers, traditional violin. Closed Mon. Tue. wed. Tel.210 2210160.
MATTS PICK! MISIKLEOUS 22 Mnisikleous ,Plaka. Babis Tsertos is probably the best Laika-Rembetica singer on the circuit. (Click here for info on Babis Tsertos.) 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.


AMBELOFILO 3 Karagiani & Samothrakis, Kypseli. Light Greek Island music. Traditional Greek food. Call for days and hours. Tel.210 8678862. (recommended by Michaelis)
ELAFOKINIGOS 5 Stavrou street ,Girokomeio. Specializing in all types of game
( fowl,deer, etc ) closed Monday.( tel.210 8252767 ).


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. ( 4.000 drs per drink. )
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. Entrance with drink 2.000 drs. Friday & Saturday 2.500 drs.
( 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. Tel. 210 331 4605


AN 13 Solomou, Exarchia. Well known Greek bands and touring bands from the UK and USA. 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 NOTO 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.
House of Art 4 Saktouri in Psiri, Live rock acts like Papaconstantinou and occasionally surprise international singers like Donovan for instance. Matt likes this place. Tel 210 321 7678
Keramikos 59 Kerameikou and Marathonas. Live Greek stars. Big ones like Haris Alexiou. Tel. 210 522 2222
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.


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. Tel.210 3247666


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 Dublin Ireland, 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.

SIXTIES Posiedonos Ave. 62 , P Faliro.( by the sea ) . Live sixties band, many alternating guest stars . Perhaps the best sixties music in Greece.( highly recomended by Dorian and Michaelis ) Closed Sunday & 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. (recommended)
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.
House of Art 4 Saktouri in Psiri, Live rock acts like Papaconstantinou and occasionally surprise international singers like Donovan for instance. Matt likes this place which is also mentioned above under Greek Rock. They have a Beatles Tribute night on Mondays. Tel 210 321 7678

The legendary Greek rock group Socrates may be 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.. . . . . .


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. (recommended by Michaeli)
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


ALEXANDER'S Anagnostopoulou 44, Kolonaki. Glamorous dancing in one of the most chic ares in Athens. Tel. 3646664
Alekos Island: Anagostopoulou 44. Kolonaki. Tel. 210 364-6660
GRANAZI 20 Lembesi, Makroyianni. Friendly and unpretentious environment. Tel. 210 9244185.
DIAMONDS AND PEARLS 35 Poseidonos, Kalamaki. On the seaside. Striptease.
DOLLS 5 Varis Ave., Vari. Tel. 210 9658698.
E......KAI 12 Iosif Ton Ragon, Makroyiani. Tel. 210 9221742.
Guys : Lembesi 8. Makrianni. Tel. 210 921-4244
Lambda : Lembesi 15 and 9 Syngrou. Makrianni. Tel. 210 922-4202
TESSERA 117 Pireus, Gazi. Tel. 210 9424986.


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

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
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 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

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