Every night, Athens changes outfit. While daylight in town usually brings a dose of culture, art, and archeological sites, after sunset the atmosphere is very different. They say that crisis can have two different outcomes. It either crushes people’s souls, or it boosts their creativity. The outcome in Athens is very exciting.
Just like in Ancient times, the Greeks enjoy all forms of entertainment. No crisis will ever stop that, and the nights in Athens prove it.
New alternative spaces keep spreading around the city with cutting-edge aesthetics. There are coffee houses and pubs, but also terraces, secret gardens, and old factories. Any place is OK to party and to send the blues of the crisis away. Let’s take a look at the best places to visit in Athens by night.
A bar with a rather classy atmosphere that serves cocktails with a twist. Music is good and snacks are tasty. Time goes by as if you were in the comfort of your own living room.
25, Kolokotroni st.
2. Artizan Bistrot
Relaxed atmosphere for this bar that also opens for breakfast and lunch. A very friendly staff serves dinner, drinks and a wide variety of coffees too.
12, Lekka st.
3. Booze Cooperativa
In the same area, Booze Cooperativa displays different spaces and play zones in one building. Bizarre decorations and interesting architecture come together with seminars and other cultural activities.
57, Kolokotroni st.
4. Drunk Sinatra
This is a classic of the Athenian nights and it’s always crowded. Cool cocktails are paired with hits from the 70’s. At drunk Sinatra is not always easy to find a table after 10 pm.
16, Thiseos st.
5. The Holiday Bar
Also known as Noel, this place is pure magic from the moment you step in. Thousands of clocks hang from everywhere while huge mirrors double the effect.
The Holiday Bar serves great dishes but also tempting sweets and cakes. Probably the most popular place in town right now.
59 B, Kolokotroni st.
6. Poems n’ Crimes Art Bar
A pretty café and bookstore that offers very tasty dishes. Poems n’ Crimes is also home to a local publishing house. It doesn’t stay open late, but it’s ok for a cup of coffee and a very quite atmosphere. In summer, try their open space.
17, Ag. Irinis sq.
7. Six D.O.G.S.
Follow the steps going down into this unexpected garden. Underground trees, sand floors, and open spaces that nothing have to do with the Athens you are leaving behind. Plenty of candles and the tastiest lemonade in the city.
6-8, Avramiotou st.
8. Taf The Art Foundation
Taf used to be a detention center and it has managed to kept most of that scary scenario. The central patio functions as a bar, while the rest of the place is a multicultural space. Former torture cells are now rooms for interactive art experienced through sound and images. Signature cocktails mix with jazz, soul and funky music.
5, Normanou st.
9. Couleur Locale
Right next to Taf, but more traditional, this roof top bar allows for amazing views of the Acropolis. Take the elevator to reach one of the trendy terraces of Athens. Have a light dinner or enjoy one of the many creative drinks. Try the loukoumades, Greek doughnuts drenched in honey syrup… delicious!
3, Normanou st.
10. The Little Kook
Probably the most photographed alley in the city, Pittaki street, hosts a charming space that seems to have fallen out of a fairy tale. The Little Kook is, at the same time, a tea house and a night bar. This venue, reminder of Alice in Wonderland, serves the best cupcakes in town.
17, Karaiskaki st.
Three bonus bars in Piraeus:
1. Rockfellas Excelsior
Legendary music give life to the nights in this bar in Marina Zeas. A place chosen both by locals and visitors for its rock music and parties.
Marina Zeas, Piraeus.
2. Lola’s Bar
Located very close to the port, this all day bar offers great food and wine. The service is very friendly too. Watch out for some live Greek music nights during the weekends.
14, D.Merarxias st., Piraeus.
3. Amsterdam Bar
Good selection of beers in this bar right across from the sea. Another favorite place with great music.
19, Akti Moutsopoulou st., Piraeus.