KYTTARO LIVE: historic rock club
This is a historic rock club of Athens, many local bands played here many years before so it was a surprise for us when it opened again (autumn 2007).
You can check their site for a detailed programe. Most of the times a local band is playing, some other times blues/rock or metal bands (Joe Bonamassa, Shadow Gallery, Triptykon, Spiritual Beggars) but also some classic rock bands also like Iron Butterfly, Blue Cheer etc
entrance fee is usually15euro (with beer) but for international artists varies. I payed 25 euro for Joe Bonamassa (which was sold out by the way)Related to:
TGI Fridays: Happy hour bar/restaurants @Fridays
AFTER OFFICE HAPPY HOUR
Enjoy your evening at Friday’s® with cocktails at happy hour prices!
From Monday to Friday 17:00-20:00 at all Athens T.G.I. Friday’s® Restaurants.
HAPPY HOUR BEVERAGES
COCKTAILS & STRAIGHT DRINKS
Premium & Special Drinks are excluded) 6€
HEINEKEN BEER(Draft glass 300 ml) 3€
WINES (glass) 3€
Dora Stratou Greek Theater: Native Greek Dancing Performed Near the Acropolis
On the Hill of Philopappos, the Dora Stratou Group performs old Greek dances every night from mid April into October. This is high level performance with no audience participation. For that you must go to the Plaka.
Dress Code: ka.Related to:
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Alli Oxthi-Opposite Shore: Original Folk Music
This is a place where one can listen to authentic greek music with authentic instruments and no amplifiers. So the music is as original as it can be. Of course it would be a lot better to listen to it at a village square on a soft summer night with lots of drink and food around, as it is the custom at the greek village dances. But to have such good quality music in Athens is indeed very good.
The program changes every month and almost every day a new group plays there.
If you want to listen to some traditional music go there, it may not be in the center but it is well worth the effort. Just do not be tempted by the Plaka music restaurants. The music there is bad and just for tourists. And I guess you do not want to be considered one. Do You?
The site is in Greek and so that is not much use to you abroad but you can check it while in Athens and I am sure someone will be able to help with the translation. You can call them too. Just call at night when the place is open. The owner is very friendly and he will tell you the program over the phone!
Oh yes! one important last detail. You can dance there too!
Dress Code: Wear anything you want. The more comfortable the better. If you like to dance put on something light as you will get sweaty no doubt.
Interspot: Cheap Internet
There are interspots all of Greece. It is open 24/7, which is why I put it under nightlife. The use of the computers is very cheap, and all of the computers have over 50 games. Maybe something to do on a rainy day.
Dress Code: whateverRelated to:
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The Hellenic Festival
If you happen to be in Greece during June and July, remember that every year the Hellenic Festival takes place during these two months.
The events take place both in various sites in Athens and the ancient theater of Epidavros.
There are multiple performances every day so there is quite a choice. Among the plays performed there are always plays by the classical Greek playwrites performed by Greek or foreign actors.
You can find this year's program on the following link where there is also information on how to obtain tickets and where each performance takes place. The ancient theatre of Epidavros, still in use today, is a wonderful place worthy of a visit just for itself.
Dress Code: something light, after all it is summer in Greece. a light pull over or jacket would not be a bad idea though in case it turns a little chilly at night.Related to:
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Privilege: A Legend
This is the best club in the world and, boy, have I been to many.
The quality of service is still unmatched and the mix of international and greek atmosphere is absolutely impossible to copy.
The food is also top-notch, so plan an entire evening there: from the restaurant to the club, from the cocktail bar to the bedroom, the famous lounge area with a fireplace, you won't regret it !
Dress Code: Probably the most strict face and dress code control in Greece. Formal, trendy or anything very expensive will facilitate the entry.
Chakra oriental café
Chakra oriental café
It is very nice and exotic place to drink, to dance and why not to watch people! Full of people (most of them young), the place is a blend of West and East! Music and beautiful people until the sunrise!!!
Mo Better: Rock Clubing with attitude
Ok , not all of us here in Athens like to listen music of some attitude. There are a lot of people that want rock to be the namew of the music and dance till the morning with that. The best in my opinion place for that way of clubing is M'Better.A nightclub that people are friendly enough to danxe with you even if they dont know u. Where u can buy a beer for 6E and not 8 or 10 as in other greek clubs.Music is
Dress Code: Free Dress Code as far as i know!!! NO TIES unless in the wright attitude.,:0Related to:
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RODEO: rock club
Rodeo Club is one of the oldest rock clubs in town. I used to go there very often in the past to see local rock bands but lately a lot of famous (mostly in the 70s! ha!) bands played here like WISHBONE ASH, TASTE, NEKTAR etc
Some other bands I have seen here are:
SIENA ROOT, KULTUR SHOCK, RUSSIAN CIRCLES, RIVERSIDE etc
There is only one problem with Rodeo, it is very small and can get really packed inside, the best you can do is try go in front of the stage otherwise you may not have good view of the band (and sometimes no view at all!)...
...and if you add the smoke from the cigarettes its not the most comfortable place to be, I know a lot of peole that avoid it even if they like the band.Related to:
FUZZ CLUB: another gig venue
Formally known as Club 22 (it was located at Vuliagmenis avenue but now it's on Pereus avenue), it is another venue for concerts that can hold up to 900 people. Some people complain about the expensive drinks though but the place is good enough to watch a concert. And it reminds me of Rodon Club that used to be the best rock venue in Athens some years before.
Several bands play here, I have seen The Mission, Einsturzende Neubauten, Anathema, Blackfield, Koop, Moonspell, Fates Warning etc
You can find tickets at the entrance but very often there is a sold out so better buy your ticket in advance from Ticket House (see my general Tips)Related to:
SIN CITY: gothic... and metal
They like to change name here almost every year, I remember the place as NEXT, then UNDERWORLD, then TEXAS, and now SIN CITY, ask me before your visit :)
It used to be a gothic club but since September 2008 is a hard n heavy club that usually has rock/metal concerts until 23:30 and then after midnight turns into a metal club with a dj. Most of the times I go there for a concert, the sound system isnt the best in town but the atmosphere is usually nice with a lot of fans getting crazy about some good music.
It is a small rock venue and can hold up to 400 people and most of the times some underground bands play here or some others that once were big but now just old ones like L.A.GUNS, FLOTSAM N JETSAM, DOKKEN etcRelated to:
AN CLUB: the underground scene
Typical rock venue, small (up tp 500 packed people) but some of the greatest rock concerts had been here. Noone likes the sound, the view or the air(full of smoke always) but the atmosphere is rock so who cares, I go here to rock! :) There is a small bar that serves alcohol (beer for 3 euro) and water (for free).
Most of the times you can find tickets at the door but for some more famous bands you have to buy in advance from Ticket House or some record stores around Eksarxia district.
What’s more, a lot of underground bands begun from here. I have many nights to remember here, maybe DEAD MOON was the ultimate one back in 1999.
Some of the bands I have seen here are:
Dead Moon, Katatonia, Heaven Shall Burn, Primordial, Saint Vitus, Keehaul, The Great Deceiver, Will O The Wisp etcRelated to:
GAZARTE: beautiful venue
This is a really beautiful mid size venue, this year (2009) is even more beautiful inside and ideal for concerts. They focus on jazz/ethnic scene and you can really enjoy a concert here. The stage is small and the tables are going up to several levels so everyone can have a good view of the stage. There are always some cheaper tickers for standing next to the stage but in some popular gigs you have to buy them in advance because they don’t like the place to get packed. For the tables it’s better to call and make a reservation.
Although I go there to see some greek singers this year I have attended some great international artists. Rodrigo y Gabriela gave an amazing show on December 18, 2009.
On the first floor you can visit the bar of Gazarte with a nice view outside so to spend some time while you wait for the concert to start if you go there too early. The club is located at Gazi, a central district that took a lot of hype the last years with numerous clubs, cafes and pubs.Related to:
GAGARIN 205: a gig venue
My favorite venue for rock concerts used to be RODON.
Unfortunately, it closed some years before so the closest to it you can find is Gagarin. Many gigs through out the year take place here. It can hold up to 1000 people, and you can see several bands from different genres (pop/rock, metal etc). The bar is full of beers and drinks but you can also have water for free which is very handy after some moshing :)
Some of the bands I have seen here are:
Mogwai, Pavlov's Dog, Johnny Winter, Woven Hand, Roky Erickson, At The Gates, Fates Warning, Hawkwind, Monster Magnet, Septic Flesh, Flaming Stars, My Dying Bride, Exodus, Katatonia, Dark Tranquility, Lake Of Tears, Last Drive, Ulver, Triffids, Bolt Thrower etc
Check their site for upcoming concerts. You can find tickets at the entrance but very often there is a sold out so better buy your ticket in advance from Ticket House (see my general Tips)Related to:
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