The Best Things to Do in Athens at Night for an Awesome Time in Greece!

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. Alluring, dazzling, gorgeous town to wander. Art and history are all over the place and an interesting past to explore. However, at night, the city changes deeply. It unveils a magic atmosphere that will conquer visitors in search of some unexpected fun. Let’s see what to do in Athens at night:


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Where to Stay in Athens

If you’re planning to spend some time in Athens, then the first thing to consider is where to stay. Whether you’re traveling on a budget or have a flexible expense window, Athens has an endless offer when it comes to accommodation.

If it’s your first time in the Greek capital and have no idea where to go, I suggest you check these hotels for an unforgettable stay.

Quick accommodation guide to Athens

Budget: If you don’t mind sharing your room, check Bedway Athens Hostel. For a more private experience, I recommend a stay in Athens Psiri Hotel, central and with top reviews.

Mid-range: If you can spend a little more, check this great Stylish studio below the Acropolis to discover the best of Plaka and the surrounding area in Athens.

Luxury: Coco-mat Athens BC is a perfect place to stay in Athens to enjoy all the comfort in a stunning location.

Athens at Night: Seeing Athens Under a Whole New Light

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.

They say the Greek crisis has squeezed creativity resources from the locals, giving a further twist of imagination. Just as their ancestors, Greek people are in a boundless search for beauty, and nights in Athens are live proof.

Alternative tribes of counterculture movements lighten up the atmosphere. They give new life to retro alleys and express authentic art in offbeat areas.

pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.

Having already seen several angles of the city under the daylight, it was about time to peep into its dark alleys once the sun had set. I picked the Twilight Athens Tour and I had the time of my life.

And… I took my kids with me! They had as much fun as adults did and it was worth every minute of it. They were enthusiastic and loved every moment of it.

Athens Night Tour

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Our meeting point was Syntagma Square, home to the most exclusive hotels in the city.

Our appointment was at Syntagma Square, just after dawn, with a local guide who had the right attitude for such an evening. It was an immediate entente as he was well acquainted with every palm of his city, but most of all, he loves Athens and enjoys showing it.

Our guide was able to share with us the love he feels for his city, making us feel a bit Athenians ourselves, even just for a night.

Sweet Chocolate

Easter on display. Athens -Athens can be such a pretty city by day. Alluring, dazzling, gorgeous town to wander. Art and history, an interesting past to explore. However, at night, the city changes deeply. It unveils a magic atmosphere that will conquer visitors in search for some unexpected fun. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Easter on display. Athens

We headed down what he called the street of chocolate,  a sweet path promising the right kind of night ahead of us. The most refined and traditional chocolate stores in Athens, all dressed up for the upcoming Easter.

Among them, Matsouka Le Chocolate standing out with wonderful windows displaying the most exquisite chocolate figures, a feast for our imagination, a feast for the senses.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Le Chocolat.

Our stroll went on with a wise lesson: Don’t ever be afraid of Athenian traffic, but most of all, don’t be afraid of drivers. Be careful, but also be brave.

Secret galleries, drives, and porticos showed us the way into hidden alleys of gone splendor, boasting a wonderful array of light and imagination.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Vintage signs give a new face to this old portico in the city.

Cafés, bars, and pubs crowded with eclectic people and more liberal decorations. Even a quick stop at a very ordinary door revealed itself as the gate to the only Private Bar in Athens.

Just a very anonymous entrance which would open itself to a night of excitement and great cocktails to those few chosen ones who know which bell to ring.

©THE TINY BOOKAthens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Athens knows how to keep its secrets well.

It’ll be the beginning of exclusive parties and excitement that not many know about.

Through more porticos and stairs, a marvelous world opened to our eyes.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
They’ve got lots to tell…

Dark, narrow paths with amazing places where to eat/dance/drink or laugh the night away… your choice! These are just some of the places we visited. All in all, the whole tour had me wanting to return.

Discover the Best Bars in Athens

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Urban stories through street art.

The first bar we entered, Artizan, is a laid-back place famous for its choices of coffee.

Right after Artizan, it was the moment of Bar Tessera, where the classy atmosphere, warm colors, and inviting scenario welcome visitors to stay for long hours just relaxing and having fun.

Little tables populated by friends having late cups of cappuccino and rivers of conversation. Laughter and utter joy.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.

A few steps away, Booze Cooperativa, a unique blend of play zones for you to take your time. Smoking allowed fun admitted. It a magnificent to spend some time admiring all strange forms of art in every single zone. How do they define themselves? Well, like this …

“A BRAIN HUB. TRIBES AND NATIONS IN CREATIVE DISRUPTION. TRENDSETTERS AND MIND CLUSTERS COOPERATE IN FULL TIME
Go in, look up, and look around. You will love it.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Booze Coop. Lots on display.

Drunk Sinatra couldn’t be missing! Alternative music, cool cocktails, and young people going about. I would definitely choose this space for a late-night meeting with friends sharing drinks, meze, and conversation.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
A classic in the city.

Two more places followed our tour, The Holiday Bar, also known as Noel, a magical venue where despite the plethora of clocks hanging everywhere, time seems to have stopped to allow people to live in an endless parallel world.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.

Athens, an Old-Time Favorite

Then it followed a beautiful underground garden which is house to Six Dogs.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.

A mysterious entrance transports you into a city oasis, sandy floors, open terraces and trees, candles, animals and dimmed lights make out of this place a rightful contradiction.

A gate to the sixties opening into the most extravagant nineties. Loved it.

Athenian Gyros

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Savvas.

Right after that, our second stop took us to enjoy a gyros wrap the way Athenians do, on the go. The chosen place was Savvas in Monastiraki.

I had to keep my mouth shut as my unconditional love for Thanasis, a landmark for gyros in the area was completely defeated by this place I have never tried before. Their food was really good!

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.

Our journey kept going, as we walked through Monastiraki Square. There, Thodoris introduced us to a secret feature that the city won’t even care to show you if you are not attentive enough:

A tiny river flowing in the guts of Athens, covered by glass and barely seen if you don’t pay close attention. It’s the Eridanos. When in Monastiraki, try and look for it.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
The tiny river flowing in the center of Monastiraki.

Monastiraki at Night

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Through the empty Flea Market at night.

Through the entrance of the Monastiraki Flea Market, a completely different place at night. No shops, no crowds, hence it offers the opportunity to see the local imagination behind the closed doors, blinds, and shutters of the shops.

Turning into what seemed a dangerous alley we made our way to one of the most beautiful, bizarre, and extravagant places I’ve ever been to. Above all, I found the place alluring; its atmosphere, captivating; and the idea weird enough to tease you to return.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Taf Monastiraki.

It’s Taf Monasthraki. What used to be a detention and interrogation place in the past has been turned into a multicultural space (they define it as metathematic) where drinks and a lively atmosphere are not the only key features.

Athens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
Taf Monasthiraki, upper view of the bar space from the corridors of former detention cells.

An impressive tour of what used to be detention cells, allowed us to see how they were turned into zones devoted to interactive forms of art, making use of sounds, video, and live animals!

Athens by night
Distressing sounds.

In fact, I was sorry to leave the place and I would go back there as soon as I return to Athens.

Right at the end of the street, the most famous mannequin of Athens opens the gates to  Psirri.

Another favorite alternative spot in town, both day and night. In addition, incredible street lamps lead the way to the heart of a vibrant area of Athens…

So close to the center of town and so far from it in terms of vibes and visitors.

Psirri

©THE TINY BOOKAthens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
The Little Kook.

Psirri is one of those places you do not want to miss when in town, choose any bar, pub, or café and simply sit to see people passing by, enjoy a nargile or stop for a snack.

This famous alley, Pittaki street, has been decorated with lamps and artifacts donated by citizens to give new life – and light – to the neighborhood. The most eccentric decorations lead the way to the heart of a vibrant area of Athens, so close to the center of town and so far from it in terms of vibes and visitors.

©THE TINY BOOKAthens can be such a pretty city by day. However, at night, the city changes deeply. Let's explore what to do in Athens at night.
The roof of The Little Kook is well surveilled under the rain.

The alley ends in The Little Kook a tea house, night bar, extreme imagination, and so many other ideas are not enough to describe the concept of this venue.

From the outside setting, a reminder of Alice in Wonderland, to the way waitresses dress…. all is an invitation to childhood reminiscences with a darker twist. Like going through the mirror and never coming back.

Athens by Night

Psirri is a must-see. Just head there stop by at and make a pause at To Koulouri To Psirri. Choose a freshly baked treat and move on to reach a more alternative or traditional venue… The choice is endless.

Rooftop Glam

What to do in Athens by night
Rooftop bar, Athens Style.

We ended the night as most Athenians do, having a glass of wine. The place? A rooftop bar. Rooftop bars have become the thing to do when in Athens during the last years.

However, we didn’t settle for the common thing to do. Thodoris chose a fantastic place,  a magnificent rooftop bar in Athens Style, one of the top hostels in Athens, where super convenient prices don’t even match the outstanding beauty of Athens at night when seen from above.

It suddenly started to rain, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the magical aura that surrounds the Greek capital, day and night.

Wide skies boasting the profile of an illuminated Acropolis, Mt Lycabettus illuminated ancient sites under the rain. A glass of red wine and great conversation with our tour mates. In conclusion, this was the perfect way to end a night with style.

With that bizarre touch that only Athenians can bless you with. Every time I visit I love Athens more, there’s no secret about that. This time, I simply surrendered to the city. And I suspect my guide had a lot to do with my renewed love for Athens. Honestly… can’t wait to go back.

Athens Urban Adventures with Thodoris and the secrets of Athens' nightlife.

My special thanks go to Thodoris, a smart, smiling local guide, who really knows everything about Athens night hours and is always available to tell a bit more about them.

When in Athens, we love to sleep here and here, take a look if you are looking for a place where to sleep in Athens. The tour was kindly offered by Urban Adventures, Athens.


Which of these places would you like to see in Athens at night?
Let me know in the comments below!


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Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and writing for The Tiny Book and her other blogs.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published three travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.


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