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Nightlife in Athens

The popular Psirri district buzzes with cocktail bars like Soul and small clubs playing live music such as Cubanita. Friendly drinking dens dot the former industrial district of Gazi - try converted warehouse bar Hoxton. Athenian nightlife starts late, warming up at around 11pm. Most bars stay open until 3am, and clubs until 5am or later.

Technopolis, Athens. Courtesy of Technopolis
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Soul

Dramatic setting for cocktails

In Psirri, Soul is a hip cocktail bar with a deep-red courtyard garden hung with Chinese lanterns. There are low-level coffee tables and sofas, plus a hidden corner reserved for dining. In winter the action moves onto the upstairs dancefloor.



Address

65, Evripidou, Psirri, Athens, 10552

Telephone

+30 210 331 0907

Transport

Monastiraki metro station

Website

Soul Website

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Balthazar

Chilled-out cocktail bar

An exclusive bar-restaurant set in a romantic walled garden decorated with fairy lights, Balthazar truly feels like an oasis in the middle of Athens. Arty and media types mingle here as DJs play upbeat tunes.



Address

27, Tsoha, Soutsou, Ambelokipi, Athens

Telephone

+30 210 644 1215

Transport

Ambelokipi metro station

Website

Balthazar Website

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Hoxton

Industrial chic lounge-bar

This former warehouse with raw concrete walls, sofas and low-level coffee tables hosts contemporary art and photography exhibitions, accompanied by background rock, electronic and indie music. Named after London's hip East End district, trendy Hoxton epitomises Gazi's fun-loving spirit.



Address

42, Voutadon, Gazi, Athens, 11854

Telephone

+30 210 341 3395

Transport

Kerameikos metro station

Brettos, Athens. Photo by Jane Foster
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Brettos

Warming winter drinks

In pretty Plaka, Brettos is an old-fashioned distillery and bar, dating back to 1909. A cosy hideaway for winter evenings, the walls are lined with beautifully lit coloured bottles containing a selection of fruit-flavoured spirits, ouzo and brandy.



Address

41, Kidathineon, Plaka, Athens, 10558

Telephone

+30 210 323 2110

Transport

Acropolis metro station

Website

Brettos Website

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Bar Tesera

Bar with art exhibitions

In a 19th-century arcade near Syntagma, Bar Tesera combines a busy bar area, a covered atrium with tables, and a small exhibition space often devoted to photography. Popular with sociable groups enjoying evening drinks.



Address

25, Kolokotroni, Syntagma, Athens 10562

Telephone

+30 210 322 9805

Transport

Syntagma metro station

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Akrotiri

Luxury seaside hangout

With panoramic sea views in Alimos, Akrotiri is a lush space of velvet-covered sofas, golden statues and cool dance tracks. Come summer, Athens' glamorous set sip Champagne on the terrace where a huge glitter ball floats in the outdoor pool.



Address

B5 Vassileos Georgiou Street, Aghios Kosmas, Kalamaki, Athens

Telephone

+30 210 98 59 147/9

Transport

Taxi to Alimos

Website

Akrotiri Website

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Balux

Poolside cocktails

Fashion-conscious crowds head to Balux for cocktails and waterside dancing. Open during the summer months, the beachfront club is in Athens' upmarket suburb of Glyfada. Dance to DJ-spun beats, lounge by the pool and look out over the shimmering sea.



Address

58, Leoforos Poseidonos, Glyfada, Athens, 16674

Telephone

+30 210 894 1620

Transport

Taxi

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Nipiagogeio

Old school clubbing

For late-night dancing to funky electronic music in Gazi, call in at Nipiagogeio. Occupying a former kindergarten, this is one of Athens' liveliest small clubs. There's a summer cocktail bar in the courtyard garden where the trendy crowd gathers.



Address

8, Elasidon & Kleanthous, Gazi, Athens, 11854

Telephone

+30 210 345 8534

Transport

Kerameikos metro station

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Bo

Beachside dancing

By the sea in Voula, Bo is a popular summer club-restaurant serving cocktails on a dance floor animated by mainstream and Greek hits. Outdoor floodlighting focuses on the small private beach lined with palms.



Address

14, Leoforos Karamanli, Voula, Athens, 16673

Telephone

+30 210 895 9645

Transport

Taxi to Voula

Website

Bo Website

Lallabai, Athens. Courtesy of MDV Group
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Lallabai

Clubbing in the gardens

In the lush National Gardens near Syntagma, Lallabai is a glamorous club serving champagne, cocktails and finger food. Weekly special events range from cool chill-out music nights with low lighting and candles, to dance parties with reggae and 80s hits.



Address

Aigli Zappeion, National Gardens, Amalias, Syntagma, Athens, 10557

Telephone

+30 210 336 9302

Transport

Syntagma metro station

Website

Lallabai Website

Technopolis, Athens. Courtesy of Technopolis
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Technopolis

Industrial arts complex

The once run-down industrial area of Gazi began its transformation into Athens' most happening nightlife district with the opening of Technopolis in 1999. Occupying the former city gasworks, the disused buildings have been converted to provide a multi-purpose arts complex.



Address

100, Pireos, Athens, 11854

Telephone

+30 210 346 1589

Transport

Kerameikos metro station

Website

Technopolis on City of Athens Website

Half Note Jazz Club, Athens. Courtesy of Half Note Jazz Club
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Half Note Jazz Club

Jazz in Mets

In Mets, the Half Note Jazz Club is an atmospheric and small venue hosting visiting jazz performers from Europe and the US. Be sure to reserve a table if you want to sit, otherwise you'll be standing by the bar.



Address

17, Trivonianou Street, Athens, 11636

Telephone

+30 210 921 3310

Transport

Acropolis metro station

Website

Half Note Jazz Club Website

Cubanita, Athens. Courtesy of Cubanita
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Cubanita

Cuban sounds in Athens

In Psirri, Cubanita is a small bar-restaurant with a Cuban DJ and live Cuban bands giving regular concerts. Order a mojito and join the crowd in front of the stage. Cuban food is available on the upper mezzanine level.



Address

28, Karaiskaki, Psirri, Athens, 10554

Telephone

+30 210 331 4605

Transport

Monastiraki metro station

Website

Cubanita Website

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Stoa ton Athanaton

Migrant blues

Stoa ton Athanaton, inside the Central Market near Omonia, is a late-night live music venue featuring rembetika, a type of blues sung by immigrants from Asia Minor who came to Greece in the 1920s. Traditional Greek food is also served.



Address

19, Sofokleous, Omonia, Athens, 10551

Telephone

+30 210 321 4362

Transport

Omonia metro station

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Gagarin 205

Rock in former cinema

Close to Atiki metro station in Patissia, Gagarin 205 stages live rock concerts in a former cinema, with plenty of space for dancing. Recent performers include the Devastations from Australia, Nouvelle Vague from France and the Waterboys from the UK.



Address

203-205, Liosion, Patissia, Athens 104 45

Telephone

+30 210 854 7600

Transport

Atiki metro station

Website

Gagarin 205 Website

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