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Nightlife in Athens

In the capital of Greece Fun is spelt with a capital F. You want bars and clubs that will be open till the morning even on week nights? You want to have dinner even after midnight? You want to dance all night to the rhythm of both local and international music? You want to spend the night outdoors with your (potential) lover, maybe by a worldwide famous monument, as the cold never lasts long? You want to attend remarkable classical or modern music concerts in winter or summer venues? You want to watch well-known international shows visiting the city? You want to watch any international film on its original version at any theatre? You want to attend open-air concerts, dance and theatrical events during summer? Well, all those are just a few of your choices while having the thrilling experience of discovering Athens by Night.

Gázi
It is THE hotspot of Athens and not unjustly so: “mezé” tavernas (=restaurants where you can dine on middle dishes instead of individual main ones) restaurants of international cuisine, delicious “souvlaki” restaurants, pop, (hard) rock, mainstream, swing and retro, gay and lesbian bars and clubs, galleries, fringe theatres – you name it! And all that just a stone’s throw from the city center and accessible by the metro (“Kerameikos” station).

• Thissío
Thissío is popular with Greeks and tourists alike who want to have a coffee or a drink marvelling at the Acropolis which catches their eye and dominates the scenery. It is undoubtedly the favourite walk trail of the Athenians.

• Pláka
Right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, it is the traditional part of the city where time seems to have stopped at the 19th century. Folk music and dancing in Greek restaurants as well as tavernas and cozy cafes are the best choice here.

• Monastiráki and Psirrí
Right next to Thissío and still at the foot of the Acropolis, this wide area recalls the Orient: low buildings, narrow cobbled streets, a flea market, almost no access to the cars. Alternative bars and stylish restaurants lie side by side with old-fashioned cafes, Greek tavernas and shops of all kinds. Live Greek music in Greek restaurants is a possibility too.

• Kolonáki
In the night, spirits are high also in the business area of the downtown where the famous boutiques keep the branches. Trendy bars and gourmet restaurants for all tastes see the Athenians return to the area where they work but this time to dance the night away. The area is brimful of art galleries too.

• Exárhia
The rock side of the city. Here students, youngsters, alternative people share their views having a drink or a dinner in rather inexpensive restaurants and bars.

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