Night Life in Athens, Bouzoukia live music stages bars and clubs
With more than 3000000 people in the Athens basin,
Greece's capital has a very active night life. Like every other big
city in Europe Athens has everything to offer for every age. The
young ones prefer the small bars the so called "barakia" in Greek. Those are
pub style places with loud mainstream music or latest Greek modern
music. The most popular outing of the Athenians though, are the famous
Bouzoukia place. Those clubs a few decades back was a place for the
proletariat and the lower classes. Since the middle sixties the
Greek live music clubs
with the promotion of the Greek popular music Laika and the films of
the Greek cinema have become one of the main entertainment for all ages.
There are numerous bars and clubs with mainstream, hip hop, house
and rock music, well known DJ's , Latin and Ethnic clubs with Latin
music. In Kolonaki you will find many sophisticated bars and clubs.
The new type of live music places though, has nothing to do with the old
ones. Light effects, loud music, ballets, fancy clothes and
expensive prices. In the old Bouzoukia you could enjoy the most
famous singers and bouzouki players with the whole
family with a kilo of retsina and some lamb chops or a bottle of 3 stars
cheap cognac, today you must pay an arm and leg for a
bottle of whisky, some fruits and nuts. That's why many Greeks when
they will go
to the big stages with famous Greek artists, usually they will share the bill. As an alternative to bouzoukia
and live Greek music clubs there are many restaurants and taverns
that have a couple of musicians, usually a bouzouki and one guitar
and you can enjoy
Greek music while dinning.
Live music in those places and in Athens generally you will find mostly
Fridays and Saturdays.
For the tourists that travel in
Greece and want to get to know the local way of life, the main places of night activity is the area of Plaka and the area of Psiri and Thission
near and around the Acropolis, in Plaka, once the centre of
the Athenian nightlife still some restaurants offer syrtaki and
bouzouki shows for the tourists. Psyrri a former scruffy area of any
kind of handicraft shops next to Monastiraki flea market, became during the late
90's the replacement of Plaka with numerous restaurants, taverns and
bars attracting a huge part of the Athens night outing, another
place of nightlife with many bars and upmarket restaurants is the Thission area , mostly for the younger generations.
A good magazine about knowing events, places, clubs, restaurants and
all kind of entertainment in Athens is the Athinorama
(www.athinorama.gr) . Within this
magazine you will find all the addresses and telephones of all of the
above businesses like bars, clubs, restaurants, theatres, music
If you want a taste of the new style of Greek floor show try
Asteria in Glyfada at 2 G.Lambraki street, another one is at the
centre of Athens in 48 Panepistimiou street at the former REX
theatre with floor show and famous Greek singers like in Asteria. In
both places the price for a bottle of whisky cost between 160-180
euro. For more humble occasions you can try taverns with live Greek
music like the good old taverns in Plaka .
The Club Venue one of the IN clubs of Athens is located
in 130 Pireos street. It is build in 3 levels and every Saturday has
party with celebrity DJ's
Plus-X club is located in Kolonaki at 37 Patraiarhou
Ioakeim street. Build in 2 levels with good DJ's and rock mostly
Salon Fashion Club is another trendy club in Athens at the
Athens Tower in Ampelokipoi, 5 gelou Pyri street . You can enjoy dancing parties on
Wednesdays with mainstream and house music.
Plastik bar is located at the area of Gazi next to the
Keramikos metro station, at 12 Dekeleon steet. Enjoy dancing and
live music with free entrance.
BAROUGE another trendy club in Gazi with celebrity DJ's
and mainstream music, 4 Andronikou and Tzaferi street Gkazi.
Disco Boom Boom is one of the oldest discos in Athens located
at Tzitzifies in Thisseos and Poseidonos street.
Cubanita is a place with authentic Cuban atmosphere
and live Cuban music and dance, the club is located in Psyrri
square at 28 Karaiskaki street.
Ritmos del Mundo, an authentic club in Kerameikos with
Mexican and Latin music in a wonderful building with neoclassical
style, 88 Agisilaou street Kerameikos
Imperia ice club
The bar is part of the Fresh hotel in Sofokleous street in Athens.
The Ice club is unique because it is made from ice, you can enjoy
ice cocktails in the middle of Athens in a sophisticated icy
environment with cool D's , advice: have a jumper with you!!!
La Villa Vice is located in Psyri area, a
multistage space with bar and restaurant , it organizes
several events every day like live music, DJ parties, fashion shows
etc 13 Mykonou and Aesopou street Psyrri.
LINE MUSIC STAGES
The live music clubs with famous Greek singers usually change
their program every season, during the summer most of them are in
the Athens Riviera at Poseidonos Avenue.
Kentro Athinon, Petrou Ralli and Pireos 142 , live Greek
music with famous Greek singers (This winter with Mitropanos,
Anodos Stage another famous live music stage in 183
Pireos street, this season with Kostas Tournas, Giannis Kotsiras
(pass the flame) Lakis Papadopoulos and others.
LIVE BOUZOUKIA AND GREEK POPULAR MUSIC
IIFIGENEIA, 201 Sygrou Avenue, live Bouzouki music.
ALLI FASI ,121 Konstantinoupoleos street, live bouzoukia
VICTORIA, at Victorias square in Athens, live Greek popular music
ENNEA OGDOA, 40 Alexandras Avenue, live Greek music.
STOA ATHANATON, if you like the traditional rebetika music
this is the place, right at the centre of Athens between Omonia and
Monastiraki at 19 Sofokleous street.
Taverns with Greek live music
To Perivoli tou Ouranou at 19 Lysicratous street near Hadrian's Arch.
Mnisikleous street 31.
Allegro, 71 Pireos street and Agion Asomaton, with famous
Greek popular music that became famous in the old Greek movies.
Mykonos night life