Downtown Tavernas with Live Music

Greece, Athens Guide (B): Downtown Tavernas with Live Music

I don't want you to get the impression that I am not a fun person but generally with restaurants with live music you sacrifice food quality for music especially in the tourist areas. However in many restaurants and ouzeries you can find one or two guys playing bouzoukia which when you are eating is probably more enjoyable than a whole bouzouki orchestra with amplified instruments.

One good choice is Climataria Taverna in Platia Theatrou behind the central market which has good food and good music during the weekends though its location may be out of your comfort zone. But if you have a sense of adventure walk down Theatrou Street at the bottom of the fruit and vegetable market and when you get to the square it is on the left. Definitely worth going and it may be the best taverna food downtown and the place is usually full of young, hip Athenians so how dangerous can it be? Their specialty is a slow cooked pork shank and a a lamb shank done the same way. It is a very nice family run restaurant and the people who work there speak English and are very friendly. Generally the live music is only on Friday and Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoons. The best taverna with live music on weekends is Oinopoulion Taverna in Psiri which I write about below. They have authentic rembetika style bands and amazing food. Also in Psiri at 5 Katsikogianni Street which is sort of in front of the Church of Agion Anargiron there is a mezedopouleion called Pame Psirri which is famous for its nights of lively dancing. If you walk around Psiri and Monastiraki on just about any weekend night you will hear live music coming from many of the restaurants. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Downtown Tavernas with Live Music
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Climataria Taverna   Theatrou Street   Oinopoulion Taverna   Pame Psirri   Old Taverna Stamatopoulos   Kapni Karea  
Author: Matt Barrett
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