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Athens' Live Music Scene Guarantees Vibrant Entertainment



Visitors to Athens would prefer to experience the live music bars and clubs with rock, jazz and popular music, performed by groups or individual singers. Musicians from abroad often visit Athens to hold some performances, but the local musical scene is also very interesting, with creative young musicians, many of whom have followed successful  careers. The atmosphere varies from one club to another, depending of the style of music, but in general it is vibrant and the performances can go on until the small hours. Baraki on Didotou in Kolonaki hosts  groups  with a varied repertoire, including jazz, rock and traditional Greek music , An club is the oldest rock club in Athens, with a long history as a meeting point in the bohemian neighborhood of Exarcheia, Kyttaro  music club is known for its  history in quality over the years which have left their sign on local musical culture and memory, Half Note Jazz Club is an all time classic in Athens, with a successful history which goes back many years, Six Dogs is the favorite place to hang out for fans of the underground techno scene, at Floral, live concerts are often held in the evenings, Enzzo de Cuba provides lively entertainment until the small hours, Kitty Cat on Stadiou street has an interesting blend of American and Asian influences with a vibrant atmosphere, at Jazz Point you can listen to interesting musical selections with live music, Mike's Irish Bar has been a favorite for many years


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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.

Recommended for Live Music because: Vibrant energy until the small hours, inspired by Cuban culture

Nelly's expert tip: Cuba in Athens for clubbers, with lively entertainment and high energy

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In the USA there was the Fillmore Auditorium, in England the Marquee Club and the UFO and in Greece the Rodeo and Kyttaro. Music clubs with a history in quality over the years which have left their sign on local musical culture and memory. With a tradition of fifty years on the rock and avant garde musical scene, from where many famous names have paraded over the years, Kyttaro continues as the ultimate scene for pop and rock culture in Athens. Recently they have opened new horizons, hosting renowned and upcoming names and artists from the international musical scene and also new Greek groups and singers.

Recommended for Live Music because: A historical live music club which has been a landmark for many years

Nelly's expert tip: A live music club with a long tradition on the local musical scene

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Baraki on Didotou
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The Baraki on Didotou is situated on an uphill street in Kolonaki, in the space where the famous Vasilis bar was for many years. An attractive space decorated with murals on musical subjects, which hosts live music with singers or groups. The program, curated by owner Nikos Moraitis, is varied and interesting, including Greek popular music, rock, jazz, blues, with a different event every night. Special evenings are organized, dedicated to famous Greek composers such as Hatjidakis, Theodorakis, Tsitsanis, Vamvakaris and others. The prices are reasonable and a close by parking is convenient for leaving your car. Drinks and cocktails are served, also a wide variety of wines and platters with cold cuts and cheese. Baraki on Didotou opens at 10 in the evening until the small hours.

Recommended for Live Music because: The varied repertoire and the attractive environment make Baraki on Didotou popular

Nelly's expert tip: Quality tradtional music, rock and jazz in an attractive environment

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Floral café & books, located at the edge of Exarchia Square in the heart pf a bohemian, neighborhood that is becoming bobo, this large literary café occupies a 1930s building built by a student of Le Corbusier. This magnificent space is furnished with vintage chairs and decorated with large black - and-white photographs from the 1960s covered with stencils of roses. The atmosphere is both festive and studious: some choose to enjoy the air on the terrace before the evening concerts, which take place on a small stage, and others, groups of architects and intellectuals, take advantage of the small round tables set up at the back around the bookshop filled with all sorts of books, on cooking as well as films. In the menu, you can choose from a variety of coffees, juices, tea, omelets, sandwiches, salads, crepes, meat dishes, desserts, ice creams, cocktails, and many more.

Recommended for Live Music because: A must in the neighborhood of Exarcheia with concertna dna cultural events

Nelly's expert tip: Favorite hangout for students, intellectuals, artists, book lovers

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Mike's Irish Bar opened in 1999 and since then has remained a great favorite in Athens, attracting both Athenians and visitors. Following the Irish style, the decor is mainly in wood, genuine barrels and a stage which has welcomed celebrities and also upcoming musicians. At Mike's Irish Bar the atmosphere is friendly and the public can enjoy music by various groups which changes during the season. Open from beginning September to end May, daily except Monday, Mike's is especially popular on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesday which are karaoke nights. On Thursdays Mike's hosts young groups and stand up comedy performances, Fridays and Saturdays are for live shows, with disco, pop, soul, funk, rock music. Famous cocktails, beers from all over the world and selected wines accompany your entertainment.

Recommended for Live Music because: At Mike's Irish Bar the atmosphere is friendly and the public can enjoy music by various groups

Nelly's expert tip: A popular nightlife spot since 1999

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Jazz Point
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Jazz Point is situated very close to central Syntagma square, and is ideal for a coffee, a glass of wine, a light snack with home made pies, tasty sandwiches and fresh salads, or a cocktail, any time of the day, until late at night. The musical selections are a focal point, including a wide range of jazz, blues, world. Interesting books and magazines are also available to look through or buy. In the evenings the atmosphere changes style, with live music from the Athenian jazz scene. The program changes monthly and is always high standard. On Tuesday and Thursday entrance is free.

Recommended for Live Music because: Live music from the Athenian jazz scene with a high standard program

Nelly's expert tip: Interesting musical selections with live music almost every night

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An Club
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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.

Recommended for Live Music because: Important Greek and international musicians perform in this well known club

Nelly's expert tip: The oldest rock club in Athens with a faithful public of young music fans

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Kitty Cat
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Kitty Cat in an arcade on central Stadiou street in the center of Athens is an intelligent combination of American and Asian elements. Situated in the location of an ex Asian restaurant, whose decor was left almost untouched, it has a unique and attractive atmosphere. Dark red lacquered surfaces, studied lighting, a comfortable bar are focal points. An American menu in an Asian environment, with luxury fast food inspired from food trucks and specialties such as burgers, Peruvian, Italian, Indian and Vietnamese dishes, which contrast and blend together. Gigs are often held, with live music and artists from all over the world, and the karaoke is a great success. You can enjoy the entertainment, whilst eating and drinking. Later in the evening the first clubbers arrive and the atmosphere becomes even more lively and vibrant. The excellent house cocktails include classics and also variations with Asian inspiration. A high end , eclectic public makes this locale particularly sought after and popular.

Recommended for Live Music because: Gigs are often held, with live music and artists from all over the world

Nelly's expert tip: An interesting blend of American and Asian influences with a vibrant atmosphere

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Six d.o.g.s is the favorite place to hang out for fans of the underground techno scene. This highly avant garde locale, situated in the business centre of Athens, is actually a day/all night cultural centre which can host live gigs, performances, exhibitions, shows and parties. Open from 10 a.m. until late, with free Wi Fi, a cool garden for the summer months and reasonable prices. The cafe and bar are popular for the interesting cocktails and drinks and the menu is based on seasonal produce. Ice teas, homemade desserts, bagels, soups, draught beers, specially blended vodkas and much more, in a laid back space.

Recommended for Live Music because: Hosts live gigs, performances, exhibitions and shows at this popular club in Monastiraki

Nelly's expert tip: Favorite for fans of the underground techno scene

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Half Note Jazz Club


Half Note Jazz Club is an all time classic in Athens, with a successful history which goes back to 1979. Well known international and Greek musicians from the jazz scene have played here over the years. The seasonal program includes about 250 shows from October to end May, covering a wide range of music, from jazz and blues to latin, soul and funk. Dexter Gordon, Monty Alexander, Arthur Blythe, Steve Lacy amongst other have played here. The warm, friendly locale, decorated with stone and wood, the positive atmosphere and the quality of the artists have made Half Note a reference point for the public.

Recommended for Live Music because: An all time classic favorite in town, with a long successful history

Nelly's expert tip: Quality music for jazz fans in the top jazz club of Athens

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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...  More About Nelly

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