Sunday, 17 Nov 2019

A Complete Guide To Athens Nightlife: Where to party, where to chill, and where to get a mean cocktail

While Mykonos is the island to party on while visiting Greece, that doesn’t mean there’s no fun to be had on the mainland. Don’t underestimate Athens’ nightlife scene. The options are endless: techno-blasting superclubs that are open ‘til sunrise, chilled-out live music venues serving up local beers, or craft cocktail bars that are the perfect mix of trendy and relaxed. Whatever your vibe, you’ll find a place for you in Athens.

It’s a pretty big city, so it’s probably best to break down Athens’ nightlife by neighbourhood. Club-hoppers should hit up the areas of Gazi and Monastiraki, where you’ll find huge venues hosting international DJs and the streets packed with partiers. If you’re more about trendy bars, the neighbourhood of Exarchia is a hip hotspot with a huge array of small bars and a growing food scene. Hipsters and cool kids will fit right in on a night out in Koukaki, where you’ll find live music venues and chill bars frequented by young locals.

You really can’t go wrong no matter where you choose to end up, as each area is home to a ton of places, perfect for a night of bar and club crawling. So when it comes to Athens nightlife, here’s everything you need to know.

athens nightlife, view of the city of athens on a sunny day

Gazi Nightlife

We’re going to do a special deep dive into this neighbourhood because, chances are, if you’re a hardcore partier (or just want to check out the Greek party scene), you’ll end up here. Gazi is where you’ll find the kind of giant clubs you see in movies. Think giant confetti cannons, famous DJs, multi-storey dancefloors, and music so loud you can’t hear anything else. It’s European nightlife at its peak.

Gazi used to be an industrial neighbourhood, but the factories have been converted into music venues, and the huge gas works has been turned into a museum and cultural centre called “Technopolis”. Tucked in with the clubs you’ll find small bars with strong drinks, live music, and all around good vibes.

 

Where to party in Gazi:

Pixi

For a night out like no other, head to Pixi. Not content with just being a giant dance club in an uber-cool renovated space, Pixi is a whole audio-visual experience. 3D projections blend seamlessly with the music, spun by a rotating selection of local and international DJs.

Closest metro: Kerameikos

Open ‘til: sunrise

 

Lohan

Lindsay Lohan’s Athenian club is pretty much exactly what you’d expect. It’s one of the city’s biggest clubs, frequented by girls in heels and men drenched in cologne. Lohan is definitely a location for a fun night out if you’re prepared for some extreme clubbing. It’s loud and sweaty, with booming music and house dancers armed with sparklers and confetti cannons. It’s a pricey establishment, so maybe pre-drink before you get there. There’s a bunch of shows coming up, including a hip-hop night in October – keep an eye on their Facebook page for details.

Closest metro: Kerameikos

Open ‘til: 6am Thursday through Sunday

Cost: €15 entry

athens nightlife, people clapping and cheering in a bar

 

Gazaki (Nkazaki)

Somehow Gazaki manages to be both upbeat and laid back. A rooftop bar that’s been open for ages, it’s frequented by locals and travellers alike. The music is good enough to dance to, but not so loud that you can’t chat with your mates. It doesn’t have some of the pretentiousness that comes with other bars in the area, so it’s a good place for a low-key night.

Closest metro: Kerameikos

Open ‘til: 6am Friday and Saturday, midnight on Sunday

Cost: €7ish drinks

 

Bios

Bios is one of the trendiest places in Athens among young locals at the moment. Part live music venue, part theatre, part rooftop bar with Acropolis views, there’s always something going on here to occupy your night. It’s technically in the neighbourhood of Metaxourgeio, but is still a stone’s throw from Gazi. They have themed DJ sets every week so be sure to check out what’s happening when you’re in town.

Closest metro: Kerameikos or Th?seiou

Open ‘til: 3am every day, but midnight on Sundays

Cost: 5€ish for a drink

 

Where else to go clubbing in Athens

Gazi isn’t the only place to soak up the Athens nightlife. Back in the main city centre, around the Monastiraki area, you’ll find a number of other cool clubs to check out for a raging night.

athens nightlife, troup of people dancing in a club

Six d.o.g.s.

If you’re fond of the underground techno music vibe, then this is the club for you. A huge warehouse-style space, it’s a little more alternative than the big clubs you’ll find in Gazi. By day it’s a cultural centre and cafe space with exhibitions and live music, and at night it pumps out great music with a heaving dancefloor and chilled outdoor garden. With live music and DJs on a high rotation, they just re-opened for the winter season and have a ton of interesting acts on the cards.

Closest metro: Monastiraki

Open ‘til: 2.30am, 4.30am on weekends

Cost: 5€ish for a beer

 

DYBBUK

For the last 10 years, this has been the hottest place to experience Athens nightlife. It’s vibrant and loud, with a young, slightly glamorous crowd. It’s renown for always having good music, and often hosts well-known DJs from around the world. DYBBUK is flashy, with sparklers and dancers and lasers, a European superclub at its finest.

Closest metro: Syntagma

Open ‘til: 9am on weekends

Cost: 10€ entry

 

Cinderella

When it comes to interiors, Cinderella can’t be beat. This ‘70s inspired club really leans into its retro vibe – light up dancefloors, huge disco balls, palm trees, plush pink furnishings. Even if you’re not nostalgic for the good ol’ days of the late ‘70s, the disco music will get you in the mood to boogie the night away.

Closest metro: Syntagma

Open ‘til: 6am Thursday-Saturday

Cost: 9€ish for drinks

 

And where to go for laid-back drinks

Couleur Locale

If you’re after a big night out but want to stay away from the clubs, this bar should be top of your hit list. It’s a big breezy rooftop with epic views out to the Acropolis. Sounds like a tourist trap, but it’s a pretty well-hidden bar above what looks like an abandoned building. The crowd is mostly locals who come for the cheap cocktails, and in-the-know tourists getting their snaps of the view.

Closest metro: Monastiraki

Open ‘til: 3am on weekends, 2am during the week

Cost: 3-5€ for wine and beer

athens nightlife, two glasses of wine on a table overlooking the acropolis in athens

Spirtokouto

This grungy bar has absolutely nailed the “extremely cool without even trying to be” aesthetic. It’s got a real ‘90s vibe without shoving it in your face like other nostalgia bars can, with constantly changing decor and very cheap drinks. The music is good enough to keep you here all night, and your wallet definitely won’t be complaining.

Closest metro: Kerameikos

Open ‘til: 5am on weekends, 2am during the week

Cost: 3€ for drinks

 

Cabezon

Cabezon is a pretty unique space in Athens. Its indoor section is your stock standard dance floor and bar serving great cocktails, but the outdoor area feels like you’re in someone’s backyard at a house party. It’s a favourite for young locals and students, which gives it a real authentic vibe with heaps of energy.

Closest metro: Kerameikos

Open ‘til: 3am every night

Cost: 3€ for drinks

 

About the author

Jemima Skelley is an Australian travel writer currently exploring Europe. Believes that the best way to discover a country is through their food, and is always on the hunt for a good coffee spot. Follow her on instagram and twitter @jemimaskelley.

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