World widely known for its unique and multidimensional nightlife, Greece is an ideal destination for those who want to have fun, leaving stress and problems behind. Greek nights last longer and enthusiasm is undiminished, offering unforgettable moments. As expected, the three largest cities of Greece, Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras, hold the reigns of this superb nightlife. If you would like to go out, on the following options, you'll find the place to raise your spirits.
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? Well, all those are just a few of your choices while having the thrilling experience of discovering Athens by Night.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
In the area around Syntagma, as well as the streets that lead to Monastiraki you’ll find numerable new hangouts that complete Athens’ nightlife: Romvis, Kolokotroni, Thiseos and many more cobbled narrow roads gather crowds that let themselves to the music’s rhythms and hip cocktails. Karytsi and Agia Eirini squares are considered highlight areas by the Athenians.
Mousouri Theatre and a couple of traditional cafes once stood alone here. Suddenly everything changed! Athenians started discovering every corner of their city. The quiet and picturesque square, with the church of St. George dominating in the center, quickly became a favourite hangout in Athens: all day long cafes, bars that will satisfy all music preferences packed with people, night or day, coming off work, or just wandering around after shopping. There is a place that will do for you, either you want to dance to loud music all night long or have a quite talk with a friend.
•Agia Eirini Square
Agia Eirini Square is the king of Athens nightlife, situated at the corner of Aiolou and Karagiorgi Servias, next to Kolokotroni street, near Plaka and Monastiraki. Tables and chairs of the various cafes and bars are constantly cluttered with people chatting away while enjoying the imposing neoclassical buildings amongst the narrow streets and the church of Agia Eirini. Where new meets old this is an atmosphere you shouldn’t miss! Here you’ll discover the most hip bars of the area, inspired cocktails and drinks, and as rumours have it the best souvlaki in town. Enjoy the magic!
Thessaloníki is synonymous with endless entertainment and fun! Wander around the city’s central streets- totally infused with a cosmopolitan flair; dance the night away in one of the city’s elegant bars and clubs; take in the pure magic atmosphere of a city completely steeped in history; mingle with the locals in traditional folk music halls; participate in student parties; adopt the city’s lifestyle and the word “entertainment” will acquire a totally different meaning!
• Aristotélous square
Explore the city’s buzzing nightlife starting from the city’s landmark, Aristotélous square, one of the biggest and most impressive squares in Greece boasting monumental edifices as well as a great variety of cafes and bars where people of all ages are meeting and mixing!
• Nýkis Avenue (waterfront)
It’s actually where Aristotélous square ends that Nýkis Avenue begins! Maybe the most famous hot spot of Thessaloníki nightlife, Nýkis Avenue boasts elegant bars spilling out onto the waterfront offering a unique view to Thermaikós Gulf!
• City’s center
All around the city center (Tsimiskí, Mitropóleos, Pávlou Melá, Proksénou Koromilá, Egnatía, Svólou or Ayías Sofías Streets) you will find hive cafes and bars offering a more relaxed or festive atmosphere charged with excitement according to the time of the day… or night!
The city’s new hotspot is certainly Syggroú and Valaorítou str. area. Young people flock with excitement to those bars at night and soak up their alternative atmosphere!
• Paliá Sfayía
In the area of Paliá Sfayía, only a stone’s throw away from the city center, you will come across the majority of the city’s mega clubs and… bouzoúkia, where you can take the opportunity to entertain yourself in the most authentic Greek way! In summer the respective venues are transferred in the area of the airport.
Let us not forget the historic area of Ladádika, the city’s old market. It experienced a period of “decline” in the past but now it has made the most dynamic come back! Katoúni Pedestrian Street, lined with popular entertainment venues, encapsulates the area’s unique atmosphere.
• Kástra (Castle area)
If you are seeking for a romantic and nostalgic atmosphere then Kástra, the upper part of the city, is the place you were looking for! Enjoy a morning coffee or a glass of wine or tsípouro at night and indulge in the serene atmosphere of the city’s most historic and picturesque part.
• Nea Paralia/ Krýni
If you want to take in a panoramic view of the Thermaikós Gulf, you can also opt for the cafes lining Néa Paralía (in the area of Thessaloníki Concert Hall) or Nía Krýni, the waterfront of Kalamariá in eastern Thessaloníki. Fresh seafood tidbits, uptown cafes and endless view to the sea are the area’s points of reference!
For more information please visit Thessaloniki’s official site.
• Ayíou Nikoláou Street
Beautiful with the neoclassical buildings along both of its sides, this street is one of the busiest hang-outs of the city. In a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a soundtrack of music beat blended together with the joyful voices of the youngsters, Ayíou Nikoláou sports stylish venues for a meal or a drink that suit all tastes.
• Radinoú Street
It’s just a small cobbled street; so small that you could pass by without noticing it! But make sure you won’t: upon entering it, you’ll come across fun-loving people turning this tiny little place into one of the hottest spots of the city. Crazy, big, unforgettable: that’s what you call a night there!
• Gherokostopoúlou Street
It’s the flight of steps that leads to the ancient theatre and the well-known Old Upper Town. Go up it and enjoy yourself in bars and restaurants offering a wonderful panorama.
• On the Seaside
Stroll around the industrial buildings and warehouses by the sea as the lights of the boats and yachts illuminate your way. In this exciting scenery you’ll definitely find a bar that will stimulate your senses.
In the summer, the nightlife goes on the crest of the wave! Two of its favourite spots are Rio and Vrahnéika. Proud for its huge bridge and at just 9km for the city, Rio is an attractive place for a night by a famous landmark. For fish food and fresh cocktails between neoclassical mansions and the sea, opt for Vrahnéika, at only 12km from Patra.
• Riga Ferraiou Street
The newly laid walkway going through the centre of the city has provided the perfect location for a variety of bars, cafés and restaurants of all kinds. It’s a popular strolling area for locals and visitors alike. Just soak up the atmosphere and make sure you don’t miss the byways as they’ll give you a pretty good picture of the town’s character.