Athens, Greece is one of the most important historical cities in Europe and the birthplace of democracy and modern athletics. You can spend a month in Athens without running out of things to do during the day, but the city also offers world-class nightlife to entertain you after the sun goes down.
Vrettos Is a Must-Stop
Ouzo is the national drink of Greece and one of the most popular places in Athens to drink it is Vrettos. One wall in this bar is even lined from top to bottom with different brands and varieties of this favorite drink. Other walls in the ouzery are lined with barrels where the drink is actually being fermented until ready to drink. Located in Plaka, it is easily accessible from many of the areas where tourists stay while in Athens.
Athens is the host of many music festivals throughout the year. The most popular one is probably the Euro Jazz Festival, which has been held annually for the past fifteen years during late May or early June, representing many styles of jazz. Another popular festival is Rockwave, a pop music festival which has been held in the city each year since 1996 with some major headliners.
If you’re a fan of live music and looking to hit the club, head to Boemissa, one of Athen’s best live music clubs. Rebetika is a modern form of Greek folk music, that has a similar history to the American Blues. It involves the traditional Greek instrument, the bouzouki. Boemissa is a great place to get a taste of Greek history and modern Greek social life at the same time.
Drinks With a View
The 360 cocktail bar is the place to go if you want to have a drink with a spectacular view of the entire city. It is located at the top of one of the tallest buildings in Athens in Monastiraki Squrare and has full panoramic windows, letting you see all of Athens.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about nightlife in Athens.