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Top nightlife spots in Athens

Athens ● 12 June 2017

Athens is worldwide known as the city that never sleeps, and this is true. Every Friday and Saturday night, streets are full of people, who want to have fun until the dawn. It is not unusual to be traffic jam in Athens Center even at 4 o'clock in the morning! Even during the week, you can find many bars full of people that stay open until late at night. The bars in Athens are literally numerous and perfect for the ultimate bar-hopping, but the most impressive thing is that they are not gathered in a single place. The districts of Athens, where you can find bars and clubs to drink and dance, are innumerable, in Athens Center but also in the suburbs. These are the best nightlife spots in Athens, where you can have great time and enjoy a top bar-crawl experience thanks to the number of bars in a close distance to each other.

1. Syntagma-Monastiraki Square

Athens by night can give you its best in the area between Syntagma Square and Monastiraki. The top streets are Kolokotroni, Thisseos, Lekka, Romvis and Avramiotou as well as the square of Saint Eirini. Narrow streets, alternative or mainstream bars, music for every taste from everywhere, people dancing and laughing and signature cocktails make this area the hottest nightlife spot of Athens Center.


2. Kolonaki

In Athens Center, under Lycabetttus hill and in a close distance to the Greek Parliament, is located the district of Kolonaki, an elegant shopping area with expensive boutiques, which the last years, has turned into a modern nightlife spot for the high society of Athens. There, you will find elegant bars and restaurants, as well as legends of Athens by night, such as Rock 'n' Roll at the main square of Kolonaki.

3. Gazi

Gazi is located near Keramikos Archealogical site, and it is an alternative area. Its trademark is the abandoned gas factory, which is nowadays a museum. The whole district is industrial, full of cafés, bars and clubs. In Gazi, you will find the famous club that the actress Lindsey Lohan opened when she fell in love with Athens.

4. Piraeus

Piraeus, the port of Athens, is located 15 km from Athens Center, and it is a great alternative, if you want to have fun by the sea. Mikrolimano, Pasalimani and Trouba are the best nightlife spots in Piraeus, with many fish restaurants and bars mostly with Greek music.

Mikrolimano in Piraeus

5. Chalandri

Chalandri is a suburb, which is located 8 km north from Athens Center. It is considered to be a district of the middle-class of Athens, and it is full of bars, shops, taverns with music and nice restaurants. Chalandri is the spot, which the Athenians, who live in the northern suburbs of Athens, choose to spend their free time. Sixteen, Stalin, Peacock and Theory are the best bars in Chalandri.

6. Glyfada

Glyfada, 20 km from Athens Center, is located in Athens Riviera, in the southern side of Athens. Glyfada is a shopping area with great variety, but this variety can also be found in the nightlife. In Glyfada, there are many bars, and the most impressive thing is that during the summer months, are open many bars by the sea, on the beach, in a scenery that reminds of an island. The best beach bar is Ballux, while in the shopping streets of Glyfada, the top bars are Holly Spirit, Micro and Soletto.

7. Kifisia

Kifisia is the most elegant area in the northern side of Athens, 15 km from Athens Center. Towers, mansions and neoclassical houses are dominating this place, which is the best spot, where the high society of Athens has fun in expensive restaurants and cocktail bars. The best bars in Kifisia are the Recipe, Dalliance and Buba.

Where to Stay

Hostel in Athens, Greece Student and Travellers Inn
8.9 10
Student and Travellers Inn
16, Kidathinaion str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Student and Travellers Inn – the first hostel in Greece since 1977 is located in the heart of Plaka, right below the Acropolis. Traditional cobbled streets full of taverns, shops, cafes are right at our hostel's doorstep. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 600 m, while the lively Monastiraki square is at 800 m. The nearest metro station and the bus stop for the X95 Airport Bus can be reached within a 7-minute walk.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Chris Hotel
8.5 10
Chris Hotel
6, Potamou str., 14564 Athens, Greece

Hotel Chris is situated in a quiet spot in Nea Kifisia, 100 m from the E75 motorway and 2 km from Kifisia Train Station. Athens city center can be reached within approximately 30 minutes using the electric train. Athens International Airport is at 38 km.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Elikon Hotel
7.9 10
Elikon Hotel
3, Dorou str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Located in the centre of Athens, Elikon Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro station, making transport easy throughout Athens. Piraeus Port is only 20 minutes away using the metro.