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Nightlife in three main cities

Greece is a destination known across the world for its vivacious and diverse nightlife; it’s the perfect choice for those who want to have great fun, leaving their cares and problems behind. Greek nights last longer and high spirits usually lead to unforgettable experiences.


For those of you who believe good food is an essential part of your enjoyment, we have good news: your list of choices is a very long one! Traditional tavernas and international, ethnic, or contemporary cuisine restaurants offer numerous alternatives for tasty dishes accompanied by famous quality Greek wines as well as spirits from across the world. Discover the locals’ favourite places among traditional eateries such as ouzeri [food served with ouzo spirit], tsipouradika [mostly seafood dishes – usually served with tsipouro spirit] or mezedopoleia [serving a variety of titbits], and choose the ones where live music is played.

 


If a stronger thrill is what you need during your nights out, then Greek cities have much to offer you. Pedestrian zone areas, yards and roof gardens welcome their guests any time of the year. Cocktail and wine bars to suit all styles and preferences are also a great option for you. You’ll find interesting establishments in picturesque areas offering fine views of archaeological monuments, impressive squares and imposing buildings. Some of them stand out for their industrial architectural style or have a cozy neighbourhood feel about them. You’ll also find nice bars by castles, harbours or even by the seashore, and these places can guarantee you a night in a relaxing atmosphere. Many of them are open 24/7.


For those of you who enjoy loud music, you’ll find popular clubs in the heart of the city to suit any musical or dancing preference all night long. If you’re into live music, try any of the following:

- music venues where rock, jazz or entechno (orchestral Greek music) are played;
- a rebetadiko where you can listen to orchestras with a rebetiko, urban or traditional music repertoire
- big night clubs a.k.a. ‘pistes’ where popular Greek singers entertain their faithful crowds!


 

Yet, the night can still be young! There’s always time for a last drink in an afterhours club or for some yummy “vromiko” (a type of Greek junk food). By that time, it’s almost daybreak…


The three biggest cities, Athens, Thessaloniki, and Patras are the ‘rightful’ nightlife leaders. Here are a few tips for you:

Athens is a buzzing city around the clock. Visit Syntagma, Psyrri, Monastiraki, Kolonaki, Thiseio, Agias Eirinis Sq., Koukaki, and Gazi; in these city centre areas you will find bars, eateries, and nightclubs with just the right kind of vibes even for the choosiest among you!


In Thessaloniki, begin your night out at Aristotelous Sq. Pick any of the popular city centre bars and tavernas or head towards neighbourhoods such as Palaia Sfageia, Ladadika or the romantic uphill area called Kastra.


As for Patras, dubbed “the capital of the Greek Carnival parades”, nightlife is exciting around the year. You’ll find bars, clubs and music events venues in the city centre, the waterfront area and in Rio.

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