Athens boasts a vibrant nightlife and the Athenians like to party almost every night of the week. Bars usually close around three or four in the morning (most of them are open during the day for coffee and snacks), while nightclubs tend to close around six or seven in the morning. Hip areas include Gazi, Psirri, Metaxourgio, Exarcheia, Monastiraki, Theseion and Kolonaki.
Athens offers something for everybody, from hotel bars with views of the Acropolis and sophisticated wine bars to underground night clubs with hypnotic lights, loud music and low ceilings. Every street corner seems to have a lively neighbourhood bar.
Many of Athens hottest clubs and bars are in Psirri and Gazi. Most of the mainstream bars, clubs and Greek nightclubs (featuring live Greek pop singers) are trademarked by their industrial design, as many of them are housed in remodelled and once abandoned factories. Gazi is one of the trendiest areas of Athens nightlife and you can get there by metro line 3 at Kerameikos station.
If you want to enter the stylish, trendy clubs, avoid flip-flops, sport shoes, or other casual garments, and go well dressed like in other European big cities, as some clubs have selection at the entrance.
Plaka and Monastiraki are two ancient, historic and all-time classic Athenian neighbourhoods, popular with visitors. They do not have many big dance clubs and bars, but offer lively, traditional places, to enjoy Greek music year-round, and several rock and jazz clubs.
If you want to really experience how the Athenians party, you must visit one of the many bouzouki clubs, where the booze flows freely, smoking is permitted, the service is top notch and live music blasts from the speakers. Not to mention that everybody is dancing either on the dance floor, or on the chairs, or even on the tables. It would be the most exotic thing you have seen in Athens. Most of bouzouki clubs can be found at Syggrou Avenue and at the industrial strips of Iera Odos and Pireos Street in Gazi, and if you decide to go, ask the locals for the hottest bouzouki clubs.
In the summer months, the action moves to Poseidon Avenue and the coastal towns of Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni. Kolonaki is a staple dining and entertainment destination, catering to the city’s urban working professionals, who enjoy an after work cocktail at many of its bars, open and busy until after midnight, even on weekdays. The clubs here are also very chic.
Exarchia is where to go for smaller more bohemian style haunts, that cater to artists and college students. At the foot of Strefi Hill is where you will find most of the bars and clubs, many of which play rock music, an alternative option of Athens nightlife.