The Greeks themselves keep late hours, so shops and are
often open until 9 in the evening and some restaurants, clubs
and cafes stay open until late into the night, often until
the last person leaves. Many in Athens don’t
eat their main meal until late in the evening, and there are
many restaurants and taverns offering live music from guitar
and bouzouki to a whole orchestra right into the night. There
are many great live clubs covering a range of different music
as well as the more “traditional” bouzouki clubs
where you can dance on the tables and throw plates at the
walls. One of the best ways to spend an evening in Athens
is to go to one of the outdoor cine venues - many of the cinemas
show films in their original language as Greece does not dub
foreign films into the Greek language. Outdoors they are a
refuge from the heat of the night.
3 Avissynias Square, Monastiraki,
Telephone +30 210 324 6446
A small café bar right in the centre of the Monastiraki Flea Market. It offers excellent cocktails and a range of music; it also has an extensive selection of excellent Greek wines. In the afternoon, you can visit Inoteka for Greek coffee, pastries and light snacks
2 Monastiraki Square, Monastiraki
Telephone +30 210 321 3036
Bairaktaris is a great venue with live guitar players and it has a nice menu of traditional Greek dishes, such as kebabs. You can also get a takeaway from this restaurant with an interesting décor.
14 Tripodon, Plaka
Telephone +30 210 324 7605
This is a quieter romantic restaurant run by its owners. The menu is based on traditional Greek cuisine and it has a most attractive interior.
27 Tsocha Street
Telephone +30 210 641 2300
One of the classier restaurants in Athens and also one of the more expensive. But with its amazing décor and very interesting menue with Greek dishes based on such as lamb, fish, octupus, etc it is well worth a visit. A neoclassical style bar with an impressive interior and attractive courtyard. The menu includes items such as double-cooked lamb, grouper with risotto, and octopus flavored with truffle oil.
The Half-Note Jazz Club
17 Trivonianou St
Telephone +30 210 921 3310
If jazz is your interest, make a visit ot this Club which
specialises in jazz music with live performances most nights
from various performers of different jazz styles.
1 S. Kirinis str and 130a Asklipiou str
Telephone +30 210 644-6512
This venue concentrates on live jazz and blues music. It is
frequented by local jazz enthusiasts and have an excellent
schedule of live music.
Kidathineon 22, Athens
Telephone +30 210 322 2071
Want an open air cinema, this one is right in the centre of
Plaka and has a wide range of cine offerings.