Athens offers many occasions for lively nights, with music and dancing. The neighborhoods featuring the most lively nightlife are bohemain Exarcheia, the coast (during summer months), downtown Gazi, elegant Kolonaki and the upscale north suburbs, namely Kifisia. Cozy bars, popular clubs and artsy atmosphere cater to different tastes and moods.
If you are visiting Athens in the summer months, drive down to the coast and party at Island Club Restaurant - a magical, romantic location on the coastal road to Varkiza, designed to relax and enjoy. Akrotiri Lounge is an all-time favorite from April to October, situated on the coast of Agios Kosmas. Fabrica De Vino in the Sand is the new summer hot spot for Athenian nightlife, situated close to the beach of Alimos, on the Helios Coast at La Cabana Beach.
Interior of 360 Cocktailbar, one of Athens' great bars — Photo courtesy of 360 Cocktailbar
Closer to the center of the city and around Syntagma and Monastiraki, Six d.o.g.s is the favorite place to hang out for fans of the underground techno scene. At 42 Bar, close to Syntagma, the atmosphere is relaxed and laid-back. Oinoscent is a friendly and cool wine bar and wine shop on central Voulis Street, just 200 meters from Syntagma - one of the best places for enjoyable wine tasting.
By the Glass has a casual and laid-back atmosphere with jazz and swing music, while 360 Cocktailbar in Monastiraki features a panoramic view, industrial decor and award-winning cocktails. Horostasio attracts a bohemian crowd, with its rock music and relaxed atmosphere.
Tranzistor in Psyrri is a focal point for fun, drinks and food. Open all day from 11.00 a.m. to late at night, the restaurant has a casual atmosphere. In the neighborhood of Acropolis, Winepoint is the hot point exclusively for Greek wines in Athens, at a short distance from the Acropolis Museum and very close to the metro station.
Original lighting at Oinoscent — Photo courtesy of Oinoscent
Exarcheia should also be included on a partier's itinerary, with ginger ale and a mix of music that includes soul, jazz, funk and Latin. The overall feeling is intelligent nostalgia. Alexandrino, characterized by its Parisian atmosphere, remains also a classical favorite. Luxus is a perfect meet up spot in a speakeasy atmosphere, with a bar and nice jazz music. Bourbon has had its own faithful clientele since 1988. They enjoy the cool, relaxed atmosphere and the carefully selected music.
In the nightlife neighborhood of Gazi, Mamacas Bar has been a top destination since 2002 when they first opened, and Gazarte, situated close by, is an art and cultural multispace. The main feature at Boox, on central Acadimias Street, is genuine London style. Balthazar, close to the American Embassy, is a bar and restaurant, located in a renovated neoclassical building. The restaurant also has an enchanting garden. This place has been a favorite in Athens for many years, mainly during the summer season.