An Insider's Guide To Athens' Nightlife

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 17 November 2016
An Insider's Guide To Athens' Nightlife
While many of these are well-known bars and clubs, it’s always nice to be reminded that Athens’ has a buzzing nightlife. Many of these popular venues are in the city centre within walking distance of Syntagma Square. Here is an insider’s guide to the best bars and nightclubs in Athens!


Best known for its lovely interior, with shelves of beautiful coloured bottles lit from behind, creating a warm glow, cosy Brettos has been on the go since 1909. The owners make their own liqueurs in more than 30 flavours, including cherry, lemon and mastiha, as well a classic ouzo. Take a stool at the bar for a convivial nightcap.

Address: Kidathineon 41, Plaka
Telephone: 210 323 2110
Hours: Daily 10:00-02:00

The 7 Jokers

A sound choice for after-hours drinking, young professionals come here for expertly shaken cocktails, served by barmen dressed in black with white aprons, plus an eclectic choice of music – think Rolling Stones, Waterboys, Klaus Nomi and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s small and often packed, with a long narrow polished wooden bar, walls decorated with oriental tiles and memorabilia, subtle lighting, plus a few tables out front.

Address: Voulis 7, Syntagma
Telephone: 210 321 9225
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-05:00 & Sunday 21:00-03:00
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A for Athens

Next to Monastiraki metro station, on the sixth floor of a small hotel, this rooftop cocktail bar is now one of Athens’ top after-dark venues. Outrageously popular with locals and visitors alike, it has a stylish open-air lounge terrace with amazing view of the floodlit Acropolis. Expect loud music and clubby atmosphere on Saturday nights, when you’ll probably have to queue for the lift (which only takes 3 people at a time). Alternatively, use the stairs. To avoid the crowds, come in the early evening for a sunset aperitif.

Address: Miaouli 2-4, Monastiraki
Telephone: 210 324 4244
Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 11:00-02:30 & Friday-Saturday 11:00-03:30

To read this article in full, please visit: The Telegraph

For more suggestions on cocktail bars in Athens, see our 'Top 10 Cocktail Bars' article.