History resonates through this old distillery in Plaka, running for over 100 years, Brettos is a must see for Ouzo drinkers. With an authentic vibe and flowing liquor, you are sure to be taken on a journey back in time. Inside there is a colorful array of bottles lined up against the entire back wall. Lit up from behind it gives the otherwise ancient bar a vibrant look. Brettos is among the few famous landmarks of Plaza and has throughout the years never failed to appear in local newspapers and magazines. Locals and tourists alike are welcome to eat and drink at this old hangout.
What would be better than sitting and having a drink and looking out towards the historical Acropolis? The Galaxy bar at the Hilton provides guests with this exquisite view. The bar has a host of activities to keep any ardent bar-goer happy, from live music by DJ's to a five-star list of beer, cocktails and wine as well as a snack menu. Check website for more.
Six D.o.g.s is one of the most frequently visited places for drinks, entertainment and fun. The place is famous for hosting a number of events each year, making it magnetic for peppy youngsters. This vibrant bar offers its visitors a wide range of craft cocktails, a super spread of home made bites and great music. So next time you are looking for a night haunt, you know where to go!
This bar set the trend rum and cocktail trend in the city. Opened in 2009 by Thanos Prounarous, Baba Au Rum has a retro look to it and serves the meanest of drinks in town. You will find an impressive list of rum from all over the world. Their cocktails are crafted by expert mixologists that are not only innovative but delicious. No wonder it is a perennial favorite among tourists and locals alike.
The city's top jazz club can be found next to the city cemetery. In its third decade now, the Half Note is the venue for excellent live performances representing various styles of classical and contemporary jazz music. The club has a loyal clientele among the city's jazz aficionados, most of whom can frequently be seen here. Ticket and cover prices vary.
If its rock at its best, then it has to be at Fuzz Club. Enjoying a special place in the clubbing scene of Athens, this one brings the best of the music world. Primarily a rock venue, it does host a variety of other genres and hosts both local and international stars under one roof. Split in two levels, the ground floor offers seating area, a large bar with a fine selection of drinks along with large space for breath-taking performances. The upper level too, is a seating area overlooking the stage. The interior is a playground of colored lightnings which is luminous enough for a club, and accompany bright colored couches.
Witness mesmerizing live performances by some of the nation's top musicians at Iera Odos. This concert hall and live music venue hosts a stellar lineup of artists, much to the delight of Athens' music enthusiasts. The venue itself is casual, yet classy, with seating in the form of tables and chairs instead of the usual theater format. Taking its name from the legendary street along which it lies, Iera Odos fits right in to the eclectic and vibrant entertainment district that forms its surroundings. Drinks and bottle service are available as well.
For a taste of ice-cold contemporary cool, Bios is the perfect place to mingle. Located in the up and coming neighborhood of Gazi, where the Technopolis gallery has cemented its place as a center for contemporary art, Bios is an ideal service stop for those who want to find out more about urban Athenian culture. The venue itself is both underground and very now. A minimal, Bauhaus inspired interior acts as a café bar, gallery and performance venue that is frequented by Athens’ Art and Design elite. Look inside for more information about events and exhibitions, or better yet, ask a patron. They don’t bite. - Stephanie Bailey
Set in a former pottery workshop that dates back to the early 20th Century, Kerameio Bar is indeed a secluded watering hole that will charm you once you find it. Candle lights highlighting the stone walls and the art works adorning it create an alluring atmosphere. With regular live music and cheap drinks, it is a nice hangout in the neighborhood.
Set in a revamped industrial building, Pixi is a chic nightclub in Gazi. This avant-garde club with emphasis on audio and visual efects, hosts live music and DJ acts by local as well as international artists.