City Center Nightlife, Athens (Self Guided)

Athens is one of the hottest nightlife destinations in southern Europe. If you want to have an unforgettable night out, this walking tour is definitely what you need! We offer you a walk around the heart of the Greek capital, with stops at some of the most popular clubs and bars in this fascinating city.
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City Center Nightlife Map

Guide Name: City Center Nightlife
Guide Location: Greece » Athens (See other walking tours in Athens)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: Xena

1) Bios

Making up a large, multi-purpose space, Bios is one of the city’s hottest nightclubs. Offering a range of cultural events, including literary readings, film screenings, art exhibitions, and more, Bios also serves up some of the best funk and techno beats found in Athens, delivered through its state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system. Live music performances can also be found here. The music is set off by smoke and lighting equipment, as well as the industrial feel of the club’s décor. The basement level is the main music space, while this multi-level club also houses a small screening room playing art films. The rooftop terrace offers a large casual space, embellished by neon lights, that also happens to offer a spectacular view of the Acropolis.

2) Venti

An elegant restaurant and lounge located in the city center, Venti offers a classy nights with fine food and drinks, dancing, and upbeat music in a charming setting. The main space includes decorative olive trees as well as a palm tree growing through the glass ceiling, a beautiful sight to behold when the stars are out. While enjoying the unique décor, guests are invited to sample from Venti’s menu of fine Mediterranean dishes, including grilled salmon, shrimp dumplings with mango sauce, and pork tenderloin stuffed with naxos grugere cheese. Entertainment includes a great selection of Greek pop favorites from the past through the present, including some live performances.

3) Blend

Offering one of the most exciting nights of dancing found in the city of Athens, Blend has been a favorite on the nightlife scene for over two decades, serving up top international DJs on a regular basis through one of the best sound systems available. Holding a capacity of 700 guests, the dance floor here can get quite packed, especially on the weekends. Entertainment consists of techno and tech house, including past performers of note such as Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Ricardo Villalobos, John Digweed, and many more. Décor at Blend is minimal as the focus is on the fantastic music and impressive sound system.

Operation Hours: Saturday: till 7 am

4) Horostasio

A versatile club attracting guests morning, afternoon, and night, Horostasio is a popular hip hangout in Athens. During the daytime Horostasio serves as a café, offering up iced coffee, which is a popular local favorite, sandwiches, and desserts. During the evening it transforms into one of the city’s hottest nightclubs, attracting a trendy and fashionable crowd for a night of partying on its three levels. Each floor includes its own dance floor and DJ booth and plays a different selection of tunes. Local DJs, including some of the best in the region, spin a great mix of rock, pop, alternative, and hip hop all night long.

Operation Hours: Daily 10 am — 4 am
Booze Cooperativa

5) Booze Cooperativa

A cozy little café by day that transforms into a hot club in the evening, Booze Cooperativa is trendy art-centered haven in Athens offering an eclectic variety of events. This quaint establishment attracts a friendly, artsy crowd for coffee and desserts by day and reasonably-priced cocktails by night. In addition to hosting great sets of rock, pop, and dance tunes, Booze Cooperativa features artist exhibitions, with all proceeds from sales going to the artist, live music, theatrical acts, dance performances, and other culturally enriching events. Décor mixes some industrial elements with odd kitsch touches for a homey, friendly atmosphere that keeps guests coming back for more.
Baba Au Rum

6) Baba Au Rum

Baba Au Rum is a wonderful cocktail bar. It may be called a cocktail lab. The bartenders will make out-of-this-world cocktails for you. If you want to try some extraordinary cocktails, you should visit Baba Au Rum.
Galaxy Bar

7) Galaxy Bar

Galaxy is a small bar with an atmosphere of the early 1970s. This bar is very cozy, not so much for a crazy night out. So if you want to relax and enjoy fine drinks with your company this place is what you need.
Rock n Roll

8) Rock n Roll

A great multi-purpose establishment serving as a bar, restaurant, and club, Rock n Roll can be found in the Kolonaki district in Athens. A popular place since its opening back in 1987, those wanting to get in for the party and music are recommended to make reservations at the restaurant beforehand in order to ensure a spot for the late night festivities. The menu features a selection of testy burgers, pizza, salads, and sandwiches. Once the DJs begin, guests can get down on the dance floor to great rock n roll music from the eighties and nineties, including mainstream hits as well as deeper cuts to please the club’s wide assortment of guests.

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Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Athens's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Athens Tourist Card, Athens City Pass, or Athens Museum Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Athens's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Athens hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Electra Hotel Athens, Hotel Grande Bretagne, King George.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Athens, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Athens typically costs somewhere between US$15 and US$100 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Athens from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the three interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for all three).

- Explore Athens in its entirety, from the beautiful beaches to historic treasures, on a similar hop-on hop-off double-decker sightseeing tour running straight from the sea shore all year round! Ideal for those arriving on cruise ships!

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour of night Athens – this usually lasts about 3 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the Greek capital in its nighttime ambiance. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have by walking.

- Pedal your way around Athens on a 3.5-hour bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Acquaint yourself up-close with the wonders of Ancient Greece on a 3-hour walking tour of UNESCO-listed Acropolis and other fascinating sights within its walls, plus many more historic and otherwise notable attractions in Athens.

- Awaken your taste buds to an array of authentic Greek delicacies on a 4-hour guided gourmet food walk in Athens during which you will sample some of the finest street food in the city. Apart from feasting on the local specialties, with each bite you will also learn about the culinary history of Athens.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Athens, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Delphi, Meteora, Mycenae and Epidaurus, Corinth, or Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon. For as little as circa US$50 to US$120 per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including fascinating monuments of Greek mythology and history, immerse in Greece’s spectacular scenery, admire the beauty of the local countryside replete with breathtaking views, scenic monasteries and villages existent for centuries, explore ancient ruins, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Athens, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, train or private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.