Best Dance Clubs in Athens: Enjoy Vivacious Nightlife Spots Full of Rhythm
By Nelly Paraskevopoulou
Athens Local Expert
From the high class Akrotiri, the celebrated Island or the famous Rock n Roll, Athens offers a wide selection of nightlife, satisfying all preferences and tastes. Super entertainment at Dream City, all time classics at Vinilio, dance and fun at Seven Times club and bar in the downtown nightlife district of Psyrri, vibrant nights at Pixi in a renovated industrial space in the center of Athens, in the lively nightlife district of Gazi, lively atmosphere, great cocktails and high energy until the small hours at Enzzo de Cuba, Yolo club, is the place for summer nights and days on the beach of Porto Rafti, An club is the oldest rock club in Athens, with a long history as a meeting point in the bohemian neighborhood of Exarchia. Most clubs have their own faithful clientele, which depends on age, musical preferences and an exclusive fashion trend code which attracts certain social styles. Dress code can be important at the more posh places, whilst others are more casual. Drinks are an important feature of all clubs and some include a restaurant. In summer nights are even longer and the clubs on the beach become the most attractive places to cool off. The lively atmosphere and the musical selections create the ideal conditions for great entertainment.
10 An Club
An club is the oldest rock club in Athens, with a long history as a meeting point in the bohemian neighborhood of Exarchia. For almost twenty years the most important names in Greek and international music have performed on the scene, offering unforgettable experiences to the public. Legendary names and also new groups have been hosted. An Club supports the creative and productive aspect of Greek, electric music, modern rock and other various groups and singers. Amongst the most well known names of the local scene are Trypes, Xylina Spathia, who began their successful careers on the stage of An Club. Hip hop and hard sound are also on the repertory. (210 3305056)
9 Enzzo de Cuba
Enzzo Club is considered an all time classic, as a standard meeting point since 1997 for clubbers in the Attica area and not only. Vibrant atmosphere, great cocktails and high energy until the small hours. During the day you can enjoy your espresso or traditional Greek coffee, snacks and desserts in the afternoon and lively entertainment until late at night. This three in one venue is inspired from Havana Vieja, the historic center of the capital of Cuba, a country with unique culture and inhabitants. The palm trees in the centre of the stone paved square, the capital of mojito, the cigar factory, form part of the scenery of Enzzo de Cuba. Dance classes are also held by professional instructors. (210 5782610)
8 Seven Times
Seven Times club and bar opened recently in the downtown nightlife district of Psyrri, which is becoming a hot spot again, very close to Monastiraki metro station. Open all day for coffee and drinks, the atmosphere becomes lively at night with entertainment until the small hours. The concept of Seven Times is to be a simple, casual place for everybody to come and have fun, to dance, to listen to music most people like, to enjoy all time classic hits, without any extreme styles. The music is seventies, eighties and nineties disco, songs which reverberate in the memory of a wide public. People of all nationalities come here for entertainment, expats living in Athens, visiting tourists, many cultures which have in common the desire to relax and have a good time. (21 5515 9771)
Vinilio is a great favorite with dance fans and this year the summer venue opens at Ribas on the Varkiza coast, south of Athens. A big dance floor placed in impressive scenery, where entertainment peaks every night. Special lighting sets the rhythm and DJs Nikos and Perry play classic disco hits from the 70s and the 80s. Dance along to Boney M and the Abba, Bee Gees and Sylvester, until the small hours, like the good old times.The older generation enjoys remembering old times and the younger feel the vibe of those years. Some nostalgia and also rediscovering the rhythm of dancing. (210 9681056)
6 Yolo Club
Yolo club, whose name is an akronym for �you only live once� is the place for summer nights and days on the beach of Porto Rafti. During the day you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing, cool cocktails, fresh salads and light snacks, and at night experience the vibrant atmosphere in this popular hot spot. The beach bar with its impressive decor hosts lively events which attract the young crowd and also showbiz people. The restaurant combines tasty cuisine with an elegant environment with simple and authentic dishes. Chef Giorgos Kostas with his team have created an excellent menu. During the winter months Yolo is in the neighborhood of Gazi. (22990 71296, 210 3422201)
Dream City is a great favorite with locals who enjoy both the winter and the summer venues. This summer the club is operating on the Acro terrace with an impressive view and three separate stages: The club, the prive bar with pool and the house stage. Each stage has its own music, and entrance is made with the same ticket. Top entertainment with parties and events. Youngsters flock to Dream City for entertainment and enjoy dancing until the small hours. During the summer Dream City is open also on the famous island of Mykonos, adding to the many attractions and nightlife. (210 3477330)
Pixi is situated in a high end fully renovated industrial space in the center of Athens, in the lively nightlife district of Gazi, filled with music, pixels and electricity. Fans admit that the vibe is remarkable and this makes Pixi especially popular. The unique audio-visual experience, with 3D projections, the energy, the musical selections are some of the secrets of their success in just over a year. The team at Pixi aim to offer guests a different sound experience in town, approaching entertainment mainly with Nu-disco and Electric House. Combining the lively public with the talented up coming djs and artists from Greece and abroad, nightlife really takes off. (210 3423751)
3 Rock n Roll
Rock n Roll is an old favorite with Athenians who prefer timeless class and naturally rock n roll music. Popular with all ages, the club operates as an all day bar-restaurant, offering great pizza made by the Neapolitan chef, juicy burgers, pasta and salads. Coffee and rock-tails are prepared by expert bar tenders. Parties with guest DJs, live events with rock groups, some mainstream music, make this place ideal for laid back entertainment. The decor is inventive and interesting, with two large bars, stylish industrial notes and understated luxury in details. Every Tuesday there is live music. This is a winter hang out and is closed from June to September. (210 7220649)
2 Akrotiri club restaurant
Akrotiri Lounge is an all time favorite from April to October. Situated on the coast of Agios Kosmas, Akrotiri restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine and attracts a fashionable crowd. The club is decorated in black and white, with fluorescent notes and the resident djs ensure entertainment until the small hours with r& b music. The floodlit pool is one of the most impressive features. Mood parties are organized on specific days: with mainstream vibes on Thursdays, So Delicious on Fridays and Sundays dedicated to Greek music. An ideal choice for dining and dancing. (210 9859147-9)
1 Island club restaurant
Island is a superb location on the coastal road to Varkiza, designed to relax and enjoy and has been mentioned in many international publications, amongst which Newsweek. Jetsetters and visiting celebrities always include it on their schedule. Vintage furniture co-exist with design and the temperature under the pergolas is regulated according to the weather. International cuisine with a great sushi bar offer high quality dining, complemented by selected wines. The cocktail bar and the tapas bar offer a magnificent view and the musical selections set the mood for every summer. Thursday parties are a favorite every year and Island;s cds are collector's items. Twenty years of continuous success have made this club one of the best in the world. (210 9653563)
About Nelly Paraskevopoulou
Born and bred in Athens, Nelly went on the move after finishing high school and spending some years working in textiles. For her, Italy was the next chapter. But, after 12 years, it was back to beloved Athens where she writes for magazines and her own shopping blog that illustrates her passion for discovering everything new in Athens, from fashion to food, but also searching for genuine tradition. Nelly finds that Athens is a wonderful place to live. It combines history, sunshine, a relaxed atmosphere. When she's not writing or surfing, Nelly keeps searching for new views of old places to photograph.
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