Here are some usefull tips about going out:
Thessaloniki was voted top 10 party city by lonely planet.
in Most bars or clubs when its not so busy once you sit down expect to be served by waiter etc.
People go out late. Especially during summer. Expect going out for drinks no earlier than 22:00, but expect a bar crawl to start after 23:00.
from my exprience as well almost all bars play very good music even better than that plays in London I was surprised.
Night spots close at 04:00 (or earlier) on weekdays and keep on until morning on Fridays and Saturdays.
Drinking is not cheap: beers are at 5-7 €, straight drinks are at 6-8 €, cocktails and malt whiskies are at 7-10 €. If you are a large party of people, you might consider buying a bottle of your drink, as a bottle costs about € 80, makes 12 drinks easily and it comes with refreshments and some nibbles.
If you pay for admission, it includes a straight drink.
From my own experience if you spend reasonable money at the bar you may get a FREE drink on the house if you sit on the bar and chat with the barman,it happend to me.
or in the restaurants as well I got dessert on the house I spent ONLY 32 Euros 2 people.
Of course you won't need to learn Greek to order. Menus are in English as well and the staff knows good English. That's except bouzoukia, of course.
Smoking is officially banned indoors in bars and clubs, but policing this is impossible.
Getting heavily drunk is frowned upon, unless of course you are in a "my girlfriend dumped me" situation. So, you won't see any people shouting, urinating in public or doing stupid things just because they went out for some drinks.
Don't expect any plate smashing anywhere! It has been banned decades ago!
Police are often doing alcohol-tests and driving with alcohol levels over the limit (0,05 mg/l) might cost you your vehicle and your licence for some months.
Places to spend your nights out drinking in Thessaloniki are divided into 3 distinct categories: Bars, clubs and bouzoukia.
Places to spend night out:
If you are going out for a beer, expect a selection of about 6-10 beers in any high-street bar, of which 1 or 2 might be draught (ask for varéli). Don't consult the menu, ask the server, they know better. Amstel and Heineken can be found everywhere. Popular Greek brews are Mythos lager and Fix lager. Lager (if not all beer) is served ice-cold.
Cocktails are becoming rather popular during the last years. Expect every respectful bar to have their own decent Mojito and Cuba Libre, but don't ask for too much on crowded nights. Whisky lovers are highly respected and you will find an impressive collection of malt whiskies in every bar.
Clubs have been a popular choice among the younger ages, but their number has been declining rapidly over the last 5 years. The club area during winter is to the west, at the Sfagìa district, while during summer the club scene migrates to the east, close to the airport, next to the casino. Some rock clubs and Greek music clubs exist in the Ladadika district.
Bouzoukia are the epitome of Greek night life! They are (in their present form) large clubs with tables and proper seating, but no food, with live Greek pop and folk-pop music. You may either sit at the bar and have a drink or book a table, for which you'll have to order a bottle of spirit per 4 people. Bouzoukia are a very interesting matter, for which we have a whole article devoted to: Bouzoukia in Thessaloniki.
for more info go to http://www.thessalonikiinfoguide.com/introducing-thessaloniki
in Greece They speak Greek,here are some usefull words and phrases.
Hello: Ya sou
delicious : nostimo
how are you : olla kala? ,ti kanies?,pos paei
Good : Kala ,Mia hara
Please: Se parakalo
Here you go : oristei
where is airport: po einai to aerodromio
bad : kako
water : nero
Far : makri
Near : konda
Bus : leoforio
Kiosk : periptero
How much : poso kanie
DO not mention it ,you are welcome : tipota
No problem: den pirazie
Do i bother : se enoxloo
Much : pio poli
Less : legotero
little : ligo
Price : timi
Girl : kopela
Man ; Andras
Hotel : ksenodohio
ticket : eisitirio
Airport : aerodromio
I am from Holland : eimai apo Ollandia
Apo pou eisai : where are you from?
How old are you : poso xornon eisai
little by little : siga siga
so and so : etsi kai etsi
mazi : together
Euro : evro
drink : poto
food : fagito
Streets : dromos
Mobile phone : kinito
1: Ena ,2: dio, 3: tria,4:tesera,5:pendeh,6:eksi,7:epta ,8:okto,9:enea,10:deka
(Cold coffee with Ice ) you can drink it black ( sketo) or sweet with milk (gliko mee gala ), nescafe(Hot coffee), Made with instant coffee mixed with milk, water, lots of sugar and ice depends when u buy it but price starts from €1,50
Tsiporo and ouzo
(Alcohol taste bit like ouzo, and ouzo you drink it with ice or water, and sip over a longer period of time. Ouzo is a very strong drink.
(Greek coffee) sweet means in Greek Gliko medium miditero or no sugar black sketo usually costs €1,50
also you should try souvlaki mostly pork with salad with rolled bread porkpita bread tomatoes, sliced onions, sliced teacup olive oil ablespoon parsley, finally chopped salt and pepper oregano Tzatziki (optional) . €1,80
dolmades or kolokithakia :
Dolmades are grape leaves stuffed with rice and cooked with lemon juice and kolokithakia are courgettes stu
Spanakopita is a savoury tart made primarily of spinach, fillo dough and feta cheese less then €1,50
tyropita (cheese wrapped in strudel leaves
(Greek Μπουγάτσα) is a pastry constiting of custard cheese , or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo.
Typical snacks sols on streets and bakeries les than €1
consist of thinly shaved lamb in a pita pocket served together with lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, sometimes onion, and the tzatziki (white sauce made from yogurt and cucumbers and garlic ) is optional. One gyro costs less then €2
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this is the absolute sweets heaven and I just found my own piece in it> its a place called something like TERKENAIS orosomething but the address is TSIMISKI 30 and you can miss is walking down Tsimiski and Promenade intersection. You can just follow the sweet vanilla smell all the way to that place because they perfume their air exhaust from the kitchen! this shope is absolute cake heaven!!!
You do not have to tip at the restaurants - they are included in the bill. Culture is 'westernized' so you do not have to worry... Beautiful women, expect some vocal expressions of admiration by Greek males!