The Athens nightlife has long been enjoyed by locals and tourists for its buzzing vibes till late at night – or early in the morning. But now, more than ever, Athens is featured on the list with the most fun-loving capitals of the world!
Athens proved itself to be more than just a history and culture destination. As born and bred Athenians, we give you this local tip: Explore all the sights, museums and the Acropolis during daytime, but save some energy to enjoy Athens at night, following high-spirited locals in their quest for good times in the city!
The new Athenian bar scene
Athens’ bar scene started booming during the years of recession for various reasons. Among others, an increasingly eager crowd looking for quality options worth their value. In the same time, a new creative energy was unleashed. Bartenders and bussinesspeople seeked to offer a fine drinking approach, experimenting with new ingredients and techniques, following world bar trends.
Athens at night offers now endless options to choose from. Each bar has its own personality, making sure you find your own favourite, whether you’re in search of a luxurious rooftop bar with Acropolis view or an alternative joint in a bohemian neighbourhood, hidden in plain sight.
Best bars in Athens
Athens is now home to internationally-awarded bars (two of them ranking among the 50 best in the world). Baba au Rum is the shrine for everything around rum, while the owner has been voted as one of the most influential persons in the world bar industry.
The aspiring team behind The Clumsies managed very quickly to feature their business inside the top 10 of the world’s best bars, raising the bar (pun intended) year after year. Inside the charming old residence turned into Athens’ most popular bar, they experiment constantly in their lab and even offer their signature cocktails in to-go bottles for boozing at home.
Cocktails with a view? We’ve got you covered! Where else in the world you have the chance to admire one of the wonders of the world and sip a great cocktail? Around the historic centre, you find many roof tops and terraces to get 360° views of the city and the Acropolis. Our favourites being the laid-back, all-day Couleur Locale and A for Athens for the staggering view, -book in advance.
The best thing about the local nightlife is that you find visit the best cocktail bars in Athens in short distance from one another. You can easily do bar hopping at night, as the city is safe to walk even in the dark hours, and you don’t need to take any public transportation or taxis.
Athens is not only the centre. There’s a lively hub in every Athenian neighbourhood, so if you have more days and time for off the beaten adventures, check them out. Everywhere you’ll go, even to the most remote places, people are known for their warm hospitality and English speaking skills.
Unique bars in Athens
We love the new Athens bar scene and appreciate the creative efforts and global mindset of the new wave of passionate bartenders and bar owners. But the list wouldn’t be complete, without including a few of the sui generis places in Athens. Nightlife landmarks that have long left their mark on the Athens night scene, building genuine relations with their customers and offering them nights to remember.
One of the oldest bars in Athens that lives its life inside an arcade. Vintage atmosphere and heart-warming service that makes everyone feel welcome.
Jazz in Jazz
The temple of jazz and whisky lovers in Athens. A one of a kind bar that could easily be listed as Athens’ museum of jazz.
One of the most soulful bars of the city, situated in a neighbourhood off the beaten track. An after hours joint, known for its good taste in Greek music. Gay friendly bar in Athens.
Want to discover all the things to do in Athens at night? Check out our Best of Athens – Bars & Drinks map
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