Athens is known for its vibrant nightlife and partying ways, offering the best excuse for its visitors to let loose and dance till sunrise in its -many- clubs, bars and other dance spots of the city. If you feel like dancing the night away but you don't know the right place to go, this article is exactly what you need to get you out of this sticky situation by providing you with a list of the best dance clubs in Athens! Do you fancy dancing to the music of swing, rock & roll, disco, Greek folk and rebetiko, pop, Latin and house music? Thankfully, the list of the best places to dance in Athens is long; you can find dance clubs and bars for any taste! Take notes and join the locals for a wild night in town. After all, dance is part of the Greeks’ DNA!
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Swing and Rock and Roll
Swing dancers - credits: Mirko Macari/Shutterstock.com
Swing music has been getting increasingly popular in Greece during recent years, while rock & roll is one of the old-time-classic genres of music, always favored across generations. The combination of the two popular kinds of music- and dance- is today on trend amongst young crowds, with both swing and rock & roll dancing lessons raising in popularity as well. As a result, parties combining swing and rock and roll have become the talk of the town, popping up everywhere with great success! Not all people who attend these parties are experienced dancers; you don't need to know how to dance or the right steps, you just need to follow the music and have a good time!
• Blue Fox (Rock and Roll music)
(open every day, every second Thursday Rock & Roll parties)
• Lost 'n Found
(Wed: swing parties, Sat: Rock and Roll parties, plus extra live concerts/events throught the week)
• Kokkini Svoura
(swing and Rock n Roll parties scattered across the week)
Latin Party - credits: Billion Photos/Shutterstock.com
Latin culture is very similar to the Greek one, with people being known across the world for their love for dance and passionate personalities. If you choose to attend a Latin party in Athens for the first time, you are in for a treat! The dancing couples in combination with the alluring music and the enchanting atmosphere will make you all warm and fuzzy inside! When the rhythm of bachata, salsa, kizomba, tango, samba calls your name, it's simply impossible to resist! Embarrassment is easily defeated when being in a bar full of people, who have a passion and an endless love for dance.
• Enzzo de Cuba
(open Sat-Thurs for daily Latin parties)
(open Wed-Sun with Batchata parties every Thusday, along with additional Latin parties/events throughout the week)
Greek folk dances and Rebetiko
Traditional tavern - credits: www.bestofrestaurants.gr
As local Greeks, traditional Greek dance is our element! Taverns and traditional restaurants in Greece are not just for food; they are places where one can dance rebetiko and other Greek folk dances to the sound of traditional Greek music, accompanied with an abundance of local wine. There are numerous taverns and restaurants in Athens, where live concerts take place, however, most of them don't have enough space for dancing. Lucky for you, we have done our research and now we can present you with our recommendations for the best dancing taverns in Athens, where you can not only savor traditional, local food but feel like a local dancer as well! Keep in mind that taverns usually offer live music on Fridays and Saturdays at night. Alternatively, you can join us for a Greek dancing lesson and dinner, where you will be able to learn the steps of the most popular Greek dances and experience a scruptious Greek feast!
• Μetaksi mas
• Epi to laikoteron
• Oinomagirio tis Aleksandras
Disco bar - credits: Evannovostro/Shutterstock.com
Let's throw it all the way back to the magical, emblematic -and controversial in terms of fashion- 70s! Disco is the kind of music that everybody loves, no matter when or where they were born; it is always cheerful and energetic and you find yourself dancing to it without even realizing it! Unfortunately, there are only a few discotheques in Athens, with the oldest and most well-known being Vinilio and Boom Boom. However, despite being less popular, you can find several bars hosting disco parties every now and again. If you find yourself there, don’t hesitate to wear a disco outfit; there is no room for shyness when feeling the grove; if you do it, do it right!
• Boom Boom
• 33 Strofes
(all discotheques are open every Friday and Saturday night)
Dance Clubs (International and Greek music)
Dance club - credits: bbernard/Shutterstock.com
One of the most popular establishments in terms of dancing spots in Athens, dance clubs are one of the main reasons why Athens never sleeps. They are open from around 12 pm until sunrise, which might sound a bit extra, -and it is- but it's just how Greeks like to do it! Kolonaki, Kerameikos, Syntagma, Monastiraki, Marousi, and Kifissia are the neighborhoods with the most dance clubs in Athens. We couldn't possibly list all of them here; they are far too many! However, we have made a list that showcases our favorites -we're party animals at heart! Dance to the beat of the latest hit and mingle with the locals; the urban vibe and vigorous crowd make for a solid recipe for fun times!
Only Greek pop music
Quintessentially Greek and deeply embedded to modern Greek culture, Greek pop music is something people either love or you hate, with even local Greeks being divided on the matter. If you'd like to try the Greek pop music scene and mingle with the young locals who paint the town red every weekend, then these are the clubs that you are looking for! Don’t forget to check their opening hours and be prepared for a large -sometimes even overwhelming- crowd, obnoxiously loud music, silly dancing, and amazing memories! If you want a local Greek experience, Greek pop music clubs are a one-way street.
• Ola ellinika
• B Pathologiki
Beach bar - credits: DisobeyArt/Shutterstock.com
Having the benefit of being only a few kilometers away from the sea, the city of Athens offers a wide selection of beach bars, where you can marvel at the scenic landscape, enjoy the music and dance till you drop! Apart from its rich history and heritage, Athens' beauty extends to its seaside scenery, generously offered to anyone willing to visit its coast. If you drive by the main coastal road (Poseidonos Avenue) you will be surprised by the amount of choice of seaside bars and clubs you will have in hand. There are approximately five to eight big beach bars opening during the summer season every year, which mainly host DJs playing house and pop music. The sea mist, accompanied by upbeat tunes and delicious drinks, make for a combination that you'll dream about long after your return to your country!
Jazz club in Athens - credits: www.athinorama.gr
From the mystifying voice of Amy Winehouse to the heart-warming classics of Frank Sinatra, the Jazz scene is an integral part of Athens' nightlife, with Jazz clubs attracting an increasing number of customers year after year. Usually a taste reserved for people in their 30's, if you appreciate the elegance of Jazz music and the much more laid-back vibe of Jazz bars, here, you can find our top picks!
• Half Note
Athens' nightlife is a much-discussed topic and now you know why. These are only some of the places where Athenians spend their nights. One thing is for sure: if you've got the mood, then Athens' got the place! There are so many bars and clubs to go, that barhopping should definitely be on the table. For a truly local Greek experience, extend your night out by visiting one of the most popular Athenian street food vendors of the city to taste some of the exquisite local street food flavors that also serve as the best -and most delicious- hangover cure! If you're still unsure of how to spend your nights - and days- in our beautiful country, we highly suggest you join us on a tailor-made tour of Athens just for you! This way, fun is always guaranteed!
As Martha Graham once said; dance is the hidden language of the soul!