are my favorite type of clubs. Most serve food and some of the
acts are top-notch. Call for
information on Greek Music go to my
Ippokratous Street, Excarchia, Athens - tel:
210 6424937 Authentic rembetika by Pavlos
Vasileiou and his band. Closed on
Rekkas says this is the best!
on the left is taken there.
Plaka. Six Rembetika singers, cozy
atmosphere. Closed Sunday and
Monday. Babis Tsertos has played here in the past. (Click
here for info on Babis Tsertos.)( tel. 210
3235517, 210 3222048 )
19 in the Athens Central Meat Market. Old time Rembetika singers including
some heroes of the past. Food & drinks .
Open 3:30 p.m- 7:30 p.m. and at
night. Closed Sunday.
13 Ag. Lavras &
Galatsiou Ano Patissia. Two Rembetika singers,
one Rembetist violin in musical scheme. Closed
Mon. & Tue. tel.210 2283867.
PONTIKI: 9 Eptanisou and Androu, near Platia Agios Giorgiou in Kypseli has live rembetika and laika and traditional food Thurs-Sun. (Tel 210 8232971 or 210 822 6995)
Taxidi Stin Anatoli: Kypselis 31 and Sporadon in Kypseli has live laika and rembetika Thurs-Sat and a Sunday matinee. (Tel 210 8254779)
Patission, Agios Loukas. Seven singers,
traditional violin. Closed Mon. Tue. Wed.
Thurs: Tel.210 2210160.
Read Claire Bostock's review of Rembetiko Club Astrofeggia
22 Mnisikleous ,Plaka. It
burned down during the winter of 2005 but is probably up and
running again. Open Thu.
through Sun. (210 3225558 ).
Pedio tou Areos (Green Park) Four
singers. Thu. through Sun. Tel.210 8832393
& 210 8220883.
64 Themistoklous, Exarchia. Three
member laiko and Rembetoko group. Closed Sun.
Many places close in Athens when the weather gets warm but Stoa Athanaton in the Central Market of Athens (in the meat section) is one of the best places to hear authentic rembetika. In the daytime go to Kapni Karea Cafe which is between Metropolis and Ermou Streets in this little alley a block down from the small church of Kapni Karea in the
middle of Ermou street. There is usually good music going on there in the afternoon.
One gem of a rembetika club that few people know about is in the neighborhood of Kypseli, right off Fokionos Negri, a pedestrianized avenue that is like a long narrow park that starts down by Patission street about a half mile beyond the National Museum. The club is called Karabani and features musicians like Giannis
Lempesis and his excellent group or Babis Golis. Lempesis and Golis are old style rembetika singers and bouzouki players, of the same generation as Babis Tsertos, in fact they used to play together, with a dozen or so albums to their credit. Musicians in Athens change clubs from season to season so you never know who is playing where unless you check the weekly Athinorama magazine. The club is open on Friday and Saturday nights with the music beginning around 11pm and they have a Sunday Matinee starting at about 1pm with a special price of 20 euros for food, wine and
entertainment. Its easy to find if you walk up Fokionos Negri from Patission, its the street after the old market on the right. Or if you take the 2, 4 or 9 trolley and get off at Platia Kypseli you can walk down it is on the left on the corner of Zakynthou Street. For reservations call 210 8251896 or 210 822-1264. Friendly place and great music. Prices for food are at normal taverna levels so you don't have to go broke eating, drinking and listening to good music.
TAVERNAS WITH LIVE GREEK MUSIC
Karagiani & Samothrakis, Kypseli. Light
Greek Island music. Traditional Greek food.
Call for days and hours. Tel.210 8678862.
(recommended by Michaelis)
street ,Girokomeio. Specializing in all types
( fowl,deer, etc )
closed Monday.( tel.210 8252767
Karabani Restaurant (see above too)is next to the old Kypseli Laiki market on the corner of Fokionos Negri and Zakynthos street in a basement where you can eat, drink and listen to rembetika-laika singers and bouzouki players like Giannis Lempesis on Friday-Saturday nights and all day Sunday. Call 210 8251896 or 210 8221264 for reservations, though you can probably just show up and find a table.
ETHNIC LATIN and
41 Farantatou,Goudi.Open every
night.Live bands.Latin party every
Sat.Every Sunday live tango with famous Latin
bands.Every Monday Cuban Salsa
flamingo.Wed: live Cuban ,Latin
dancing.Lessons every Sun
recammended by Michaeli ) TEL: 210 7487548.
Aisopou 11, Psyrri,
Plaka.Wine bar, live jazz &
bands. No music on mondays.(210 3310884
Lauras 87, ANO
PATISIA. Rock, Latin, Blues, Jazz,
Wednesday- Sunday. (highly recommended by
Michaelis ). TEL:210 22283063
: Damareos 78. Pangrati. Tel. 210 756-2102
: A Soutsou 15. Kolonaki. Tel.210 363-5031
: Eslin 2. Ambelokipi. Tel. 210 646-9852
Cubanita Havana Club
in Psiri. Live latin band and latin DJ, food
and dancing all night long. Just around the
corner from Iroon Square. This place can get pretty
wild at night and lots of fun. Great band. Tel. 210 331
Solomou, Exarchia. Well known Greek bands and
touring bands from the UK and USA. 10pm.to the
wee morning hours. Indoors. (recommended by
Dorian and Michaeli) Matt Barrett used to play
here. When you go ask when he is playing
again. Tel. 210 3305056
268 Vouliagmenis . Wed. to Sat.,the band
"Anikti Thalasa". (recommended by
Michaeli) Tel. 210 9716145
2 Frantzi & Sygrou 55.
House band with guest stars every
Tharipou 37, Neo Kosmos. Greek &
American rock, changes of bands every
day. Mon. through Fri. Panos
Katsimichas from the famous Katsimichas
brothers sings his top 10 Greek folk rock
songs. Panos and I (Dorian) started the band
"Agapanthos" which brought us notoriety.
Needless to say I highly recommend this
club. Tel. 210 9226975, 210
Kittaro: This is one of the first and best rock clubs in Athens starting back in the early seventies when it hosted season long shows by both Socrates and Savopoulos among others. Now the shows change nightly with big shows on the weekends. If you look for posters you can see who is playing. They host a Beatles night on Mondays with a solid Beatles tribute band and famous guest performers. Its near Platia Victoria.
24 Marni near Platia Vathi. This club is in a class of its own
with major artists appearing here like Robert Plant, Peter Green,
Malmsteen, Uriah Heep, and not to mention almost every touring punk, hardcore
and heavy metal band that makes it to Greece. Tel. 210 5247427.
Live Music Space: Liosion
205 near the Attikis Metro station. This club is a little out
of the way but may be one of the best places in the world to
see your favorite bands. Besides the usual touring young acts,
last summer brought Vanilla Fudge and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere
and the Raiders to Gagarin. They usually advertise their bands
with well designed and beautiful posters that you will see around
town and in the record shops and cafes. Tel. 210 8547600.
Also keep your eyes and ears open
for concerts by well-known artists in the theater on Mount Lycavettos.
Fantastic setting for a show. I have seen James Brown, Roy Harper,
the Byrds, Nikos Papazoglou and a few others there. Other acts
who have played Lycavettos are Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies, Deep
Purple, Motorhead and others. Look for posters around Athens
or check the Athens News.
ROCK JAZZ HIP HOP
is a live-music club dedicated to
jazz and blues - located near the center of Athens. For almost 25
years it has attracted a devoted following of music lovers that come to hear the most respected names in jazz and blues. Its cabaret setting, superb sound system and
lively audience are what make Parafono the ideal venue in which to experience
some of the very best JAZZ and BLUES entertainment offered in Greece. Sunday
night is Dan & Katey's HOOTENANNY Country, Rock, Acoustic Jam so
if you are a musician bring the tools of your trade. Parafono
is on 1 S. Kirinis str & 130a Asklipiou str which is on
the back side of Lykavettos. You can phone 210 644-6512 for
directions or e-mail them at email@example.com
7-Times Club at 13 Maiouli Street right by the Monastiraki Metro Station in Psiri plays international music, a mix of live and DJ. Their house band plays everything from Elvis to Depeche Mode and you can hear anything from rock and roll, to swing, different varieties of jazz, pop, funk, bozza-nova, sixties and even Irish music on St Patrick's day.
22 Aristophanous, Psyrri. Red decor. Some
Latin. Tel. 210 3244891
Areos (Green Park) Greek laika and
rock alternative. Tel.210 8212271.
Kallithea. Wed. classical rock;
Thu. & Sat. trip hop, drums
Fri. reggae; Sun. live jazz.
Tel. 210 9597995.
Asomatou, Thisio. Alternate bands.
Euro Jazz Festival Technopolis Athens: Letís getÖ jazz
The 12th edition of the festival will take place from May 23 to 27,
2012 - For twelve consecutive years,
the European Jazz Festival in "Technopolis", Athens welcomes some of
the most creative European musicians. Artists of the European Jazz scene
and many promising young musicians will perform for the biggest jazz
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Jazz-Online is a Greek site that will tell you everything there is to know about Jazz in Greece including concerts, festivals and the clubs that play jazz. There is also a page that introduces you to Greek jazz musicians, articles, interviews and everything you need to know about jazz in Greece. Of yes, I forgot to mention that it is in English.
60'S AND 70'S
POP AND ROCK
Matt Barrett's favorite hangout is the James Joyce Pub at Astiggos 12 in Monastiraki. With an extensive bar menu, lots of imported beers, great music and lots
of energetic X-pats who seem to be mostly Irish and Greek-Irish. They open at noon daily and stay open late. Their bigscreen TVs show sports from all over the world including NFL Football, Major
League Baseball and NBA Basketball as well as Cricket, European Football and whatever else happens to be on. In my opinion this is the best bar in Athens and over the Christmas holidays I ended most nights here. But I could easily begin my nights there too because they have great food. Introduce yourself to Diedra and Tom (the tall guy) and settle in for a night of beer and conversation with whoever happens to be sitting next to you since they will most likely speak English. Some nights they have live music.
To find it from Monastiraki just walk down Hepheston or Iphestos (next to the old metro station) to the end. Turn right and then left and it is half way down the block across from the big hole the American School of Archaeology left.
Bar: On Sinopis street in the Athens tower, this
college style bar plays live music on most
nights, serves great draft beer and has an
atmosphere that will make you think you are in
Austin Texas, Boston, Mass or
Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Go on a night
when Johnny Vavoura and his band (photo) are
playing and treat yourself to a night of
traditional rock and roll. Call 210 7776797.
Recommended by Matt Barrett because he happened to go on a night when Vavoura was playing. But keep in mind that if you are over 21 and not into heavy metal and really don't like trying to order a beer while standing 6 people deep at the bar you might want to avoid Saturday nights and probably Friday nights too. Especially if you don't smoke. Don't expect a typical Irish Pub full of interesting working-class Irishmen in animated conversation either. The name is pretty deceptive because
generally it can be so loud that you can't hear anybody and know if they are Irish, Greek or from Katmandu.
Posiedonos Ave. 62,P Faliro.(by the sea).Live sixties band, many alternating guest stars. Perhaps the best sixties music in Greece.(highly recommended by Dorian and Michaelis ) Closed Sunday and Monday Tel. 9819355, 9812741.
Hotel Stadio, Bas. Kostantinou 38.
Alternative singers, Closed Sun. and Mon. Tel.
M. Mousourou 1,
Mets. 4 singers alternate; warm, cozy,
full menu. Open Wed., Fri., Sat. Tel. 210
9225712, 210 9226672. (recommended)
10 Panepistimiou, Center of Athens. Pop,
sixties, rock party on tuesdays, blue gray
decor. Open every day. Tel. 210
Ambelokipi. Mon. reggae, Tue.Latin,
Wed.Samba, Thu.hip hop, Fri.funk, Sat.mix,
Sun. sixties. Open 'till late.
(recommended) Tel. 210
The legendary Greek
rock group Socrates
is playing in our around Athens so check the Athenorama
weekly events magazine.
JAZZ BLUES FUNK
Peter Abanoudis is the owner and host
at the legendary
which opened in Athens as the first
authentic English Pub in 1972 and has
been a popular meeting place for
members of the foreign community and
travelers. For those who are looking
for a little familiarity or can't
afford to visit both Greece and the UK
on one holiday the Red Lion is a great
place to meet people. You can sit at
the bar and order from his selection
of imported and Greek beers in bottles
and on tap. English is spoken widely
in this pub and in fact you can even
forget you are in Greece. They have
dart tournaments and a DJ who plays
Rock & Roll tunes from the 60s,
70s and 80s. To get to the Red Lion
just find the Hilton and the Caravelle
Hotels and it is in the small park
between them at 16 Nidiron. It's a 15
minute walk from Syntagma or you can
take the Blue Line of the Metro
towards Ethniki Amyna and get off at
the stop called Evangelismos.
Recommended highly by Tom
Open Mondays through Saturdays
(Sundays it is closed)
Hours of Operation: 8:00 PM until the
last customer leaves.. . . . .
Cafe Boheme at 36 Omirou Street in Kolonaki is a bistro-style restaurant (maybe the best in Athens) with a great little bar, interesting patrons and a DJ with terrific taste in music. Listen to cool traditional jazz and blues as well as stuff like Frank Sinatra, big band and music that your parents might have listened to if you don't. Cassandra Wagstaffe is the owner and host and is the daughter of the drummer
of Wishbone Ash. Wonderful ambience and attentive and beautiful bartenders make this a place to go anytime. If you are looking for a small, intimate bar to make your home this is it. Walk up Omirou from Stadiou street across from Kolokotronis Statue and it is just past Akadamias Street. Tel. 210 3608018.
Orminou 4, Hilton Hotel. Live Greek rock, plus
jazz, funk, soul. Open all evenings.
(recommended by Michaeli) Tel. 210
Ambelokipi. Only blues in old neo-classical
house. Open all evenings. Not live. Tel.
20 Laskaratou, Ano
Patissia. Funk, soul, rock. Every Thu.
Latin and Caribian fiesta
Tribonianou, Mets. Opens at 11 pm. Live
jazz, blues, R&B, American and
acts. (recommended by
Galatsiou, Patissia. The owner is
a very good friend of ours. Mexican, Latin
decor. Caters to all age groups. Indoors and
out. (recommended by Dorian and Michaeli)
Akti Dilaveri 9-11. Mikrolimano. Tel. 210
: M. Antipa 62-66. N Iraklia. Tel. 210
Kelsou 5-7 and Bouliagmenis 63. Tel.210
Poikili Stoa at 14 Agiou Filippou Street is an ouzeri-mezedopoulion-snack bar with a spectacular view of the Acropolis and ancient Athens, and an owner and staff who love American Blues and Jazz and are eager to play it and talk about it. Tel: 210 321-0431.
Allotivo is for those who like to listen to sophisticated jazz in a small classy bar while drinking fine scotch and whiskies, high-end tequila and hard to find imported beers on tap. A hangout for the actors and actresses who live in Kypseli, its an intimate place, hard to find but once you do you will probably come back. Its at Eptanisou 16 in Platia Georgiou, Kypseli. If you walk down Patission past the Archaeology museum and turn right on Tinou you will come to it. Tel 210 8215331.
Athens gay scene is becoming as popular as Mykonos, not surprising since the fun in Athens lasts all year and not just a few summer months. Here are some of the more popular clubs in Gazi:
Mayo, 33 Persefonis, Gazi
Sodade, 10 Triptopolemou,
Gazi (tel. 210/346-8657
S'Cape, Iera Odos and 139 Meg. Alexandrou, Gazi (tel.
Blue Train, 84
Konstantinoupoleos, Gazi (tel. 210/346-0677
Eyeland, 24 Ikarion, Gazi -
Moe, 1-5 Keleou, Gazi
Syntagmatos Pezikou 6. Tel. 210 422-2829
: Herakleidon 8: Tel. 341-0239
: Boularotounou 69. Lofos Strefi. Tel.210
: 14 Syngrou. Makriyanni. Tel. 210
Themotokleos and Koletti. Tel. 210
Lempesi 19. Arches Syngrou. Tel. 210
: Skouleniou 2. Klathmonos Square. Tel. 210
: Doukisis Plakentias 122 and Panormou.
: Kerameikou 51. Tel. 210 522-7870
: Taki 3. Psiri. Tel. 0977 469-356
156 Kiffisias. N Psihico. Tel.210 674-0264
: Ermou 116. Tel. 210 323-5330
: Ogigou 2 and Nauarachou Apostoli. Psiri.
Tel. 210 321-2977
: Pratinou 80. Pangrati. Tel. 210 725-1738
Boutsadon 50. Gazi. Tel.210 342-4779
: Ag Asomaton Square. Thission. Tel. 210
: Benaki 62. Exarchia. Tel. 210 383-0550
: Elasidon and Kleanthos 8. Gazi. Tel. 210
: Sina 19 and Skoufa. Tel. 210 364-1130
: Michalokopoulou and Sebastias. Illissia.
Tel. 210 778-6672
: Pigis 3 and Akadamias. Tel. 210 384-0205
Aristophanous 22, Platia Iroon. Psiri. Tel.
Bourbaki and Korizi 4. Makrianni. Tel. 210
: Sygrou 115a. Fix. Tel. 210 924-8211
: 22 Vouliagmenis. Tel. 210 924-9430
: 161 Ermou. Thission. Tel. 210 345-6187
: Akadamias 43. Tel. 210 364-5027
Kiffisias and Sina 7. Marousi. Tel. 210
Vouliagmenis 268. Tel. 210 971-6145
: Tefthidos 7. Peristeri. Tel. 210
Iraklidon 74 and Peraios. Thissio. Tel. 210
: Marko Mousouri 1. Mets. Tel. 210
Akti kondili 40. Ag Dinoysious. Pireaus. Tel.
: Amerikis 6. Syntagma. Tel. 210 360-8304
: 215 Kiffisias. Marousi. Tel. 806-6802
22 Vouliagmenis. N. Kosmos. Tel. 210
: Peraios 130 and Alkesonios. Gazi. Tel. 210
Ermou 18. Tel. 210 324-3741
: Gravias 10. Pireaus. Tel. 210 412-6755
Amerikis 2. Tel. 210 321-0900
Panepistimiou 10. Tel. 210 364-2160
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