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Greeks, especially Athenians, are high-spirited partiers, and don’t stop till they get enough. For those seeking glamour it’s fun to sip cocktails on a rooftop bar, but it’s just as fun to dance in a grungy music venue. Wander near the Technopolis in Gazi or the clubs near the sea during summer, when the party simply spills out onto the streets. Start late, and pace yourself until sunrise, which is when most locals only begin to think about going home.
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Avramiotou 6-8, Athina 105 51, Greece
In the Plaka, there's an unassuming doorway leading to this underground event space. Six d.o.g.s. Cultural Space hosts events and has a bar, gallery, and outdoor garden area. Since opening a few years ago, it has become a focal point for Athens...
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Kidathineon 41, Athina 105 58, Greece
While sitting outside at a café in Plaka, the historical neighborhood in Athens, a brightly colored wall across the way—filled with bottles—caught my eye. Ouzo was something I wanted to try, as it is for many first-time visitors to Greece, but...
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Athens 118 54, Greece
In the late 1990s, Athens revived this nineteenth-century industrial gasworks district and transformed it into a cultural center whose multiple buildings still buzz with energy. This is where the Athens Jazz Festival takes place each spring, but...
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Melanthiou, Athina 105 54, Greece
Cycling fanatic and Brit-born Gareth Jones first opened a bike shop called Vicious Cycles, then expanded into the next-door space with the Handlebar, a funky vegetarian restaurant/bar/“cycle” cafe/DJ emporium. The fare...
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Kolokotroni 57, Athina 105 60, Greece
Booze Cooperativa is “a brain hub of tribes and nations in creative disruption.” That certainly sounds like millennial trendspeak, but the Cooperativa—a three-story neoclassical textile mill repurposed in 1989 into spaces...
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Leokoriou 6, Athina 105 54, Greece
Blink and you might miss it—Cantina Social is a hidden gem of a watering hole-dance bar nestled into a space between two buildings in Monastiraki, a place the cool kids Athens congregate at absolutely all hours to meet, drink, and...
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Pireos 84, Athina 104 35, Greece
A prime Athens spot on a hot summer (or spring, or fall) night, Bios is a hybrid of watering hole and cultural center—the rooftop bar and its performance area are legendary for perfect Acropolis views, but there’s a lot more going...
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Leof. Vasilissis Sofias 46, Athina 115 28, Greece
On the rooftop of the Athens' slablike Hilton Hotel, the Galaxy Restaurant & Bar serves elegant cocktails and delectable Mediterranean cuisine—but here the nearly cinematic view of the Greek capital steals the show. Come at dusk and take a seat on...
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Constitution Square,Hotel Grande Bretagne,Athens,10564, Athina 105 64, Greece
Inside Athens’ tony Hotel Grande Bretagne, Alexander’s is sophisticated, old-school, and incredibly appealing. Dark wood, dark marble, and tapestries (the one behind the bar, which dates to the 18th century and depicts...
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Voutadon 34, Athina 118 54, Greece
Gazarte is a fun multipurpose space in Athens's Gazi neighborhood, a lively place frequented by young Athenians after dark and into the wee hours. Just one stop from Monastiraki by metro, at the Kermeikos station, Gazarte has a beautiful...