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A Music Lover's Guide To Athens

The Guitar player | © Jörg Schreier/Flickr
The Guitar player | © Jörg Schreier/Flickr
Music can be found anywhere in Athens. From live music tavernas to clubs and bars, music lovers will find their fair share of delight and entertainment. Below is a small guide to the must-visit music venues found throughout the Greek metropolis.

Live music bars

Gazarte

This multipurpose space boasts a concert hall, library, bar, and terrace where you can sip tasty cocktails under the moonlight during the summer. But the best thing about Gazarte just might be the countless diverse live performances it offers every week.

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Kerameio Bar

This little gem of a bar is located in the up-and-coming Metaxourgeio district. Set in a beautiful neoclassical building and blessed with a charming little outdoor space, Kerameio is well known for its vibrant live music program plus the cool and laid-back atmosphere. Also, if you are a cocktail lover, Kerameio has a killer cocktail menu.

Maracatu from neró to athens 💚💚#maracatu

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Afrikana Jazz Club

The Gazi live music scene wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Afrikana. This low-key bar has seen many jam sessions turn into wild parties, and regulars happily come back every week to take it all in. Drop by for a lively Afro-jazz night on Tuesday or a jazz jam session on Thursday.

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Clubs

Blend

Blend takes live electronic music seriously; it’s been a frontrunner in the electronic scene in Athens for more than 15 years and has played host to a huge number of world-renowned DJs (Tiesto, David Morales, and Mark Knight, among others). With a capacity of over 700 people, a live performance at Blend is an experience you will remember for a long time.

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Romantso

Involved in everything urban, Romantso is Tesla‘s (previously known as Bios) sister establishment and a staple on the Athenian nightlife scene. A vast multipurpose venue located near the meat market and Omonoia Square, Romantso is much more than just a bar; it hosts various events such as live performances, exhibitions, parties, and other cultural and social events. Depending on the season, the gigs take place on the rooftop or the basement.

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Fuzz Live Music Club

When it comes to music clubs, Fuzz Live Music Club is probably the one that comes to mind. Located near Tavros, the bar has hosted countless music events, from indie and electronica to rock and metal, and bands such as Nouvelle Vague, Selah Sue, Parov Stelar, and many others. Equipped with one of the best sound and light systems in the country and a capacity of 2,000 people, it is a favored institution on Athens’ music scene.

White Noise

A restored building in the nightlife district of Gazi hides more than just a bar. Including a basement bar, concert hall, and recording studio, as well as a rooftop terrace, White Noise is one of those places where music is truly enjoyed and celebrated. Every night of the week has a special event: Wednesdays are for jam sessions; Thursdays for live gigs; and on Fridays, DJ Bazinga is on deck to seduce you with edgy tunes.

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Restaurants With Live Music

Bouat Apanemia

This underground music eatery, primarily known by locals, was a major alternative music mecca in the 1970s and has retained its yesteryear appeal and vibe over the years. Bouat Apanemia frequently hosts live gigs with bands performing everything from traditional Greek music in the vein of entehno to alternative laika music.

Stoa Athanaton

Stoa Athanaton is an establishment where you can sample the best and most traditional rembetika and laika songs in one night. Many respected names in the music industry have visited, and once you’re in, you are sure to have an unforgettable evening. Don’t go there expecting a feast when it comes to food, though, as the menu is very simple. However, order a liter of wine (or a carafe of ouzo) and immerse yourself in the music – you won’t be disappointed.

#rebetika #stoaathanaton #athens #varvakeios #lifo #instagreece #instapic #lifo

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Oinopoleion

Oinopoleion in Psirri is another great address – not only for its live rembetika performances but also for its delectable food. This family-run taverna has been around for ages, and it has one of the best wines (they produce it themselves) in the area.

#aboutlastnight 🍴🍷

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Music Shops

Kasseta Record Shop

For vinyl and music lovers, Kasseta Record Shop is a paradise. Covering a wide variety of musical genres, Kasseta will welcome you with open arms, and there is no doubt that you will spend hours browsing through the ample selection.

#KassetaRecords#Vinyls#Sofokleous#Athens#kassetarec

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Imantas Record Shop

Located in the heart of Psirri, Imantas is a hard-core record store where you can find a variety of vinyl, CDs, and DVDs. The shop started as the low bap (the Greek response to underground, politically charged rap music, usually featuring ethnic notes) record label and offers an array low bap vinyl, along with other genres.

www.imantas.org Vinyl / CDs / DVDs #vinyl #vinylrecords #vinylstore

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Music Machine Records

Music Machine Records is another vinyl and music lovers’ paradise where you can score a bit of everything. And while there is an emphasis on soul and funk, the genres of classic music, jazz, latin, rock, and blues are well represented as well.

Bonus:

Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments

The Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments is a real gem for music lovers. Often overlooked in favor of other (larger) museums in the city, this small venue has a wide collection of different instruments (over 1200), plus they offer headphones, allowing you to listen to recordings. Discover often forgot about musical equipment, watch videos, and admire some of the most beautifully crafted instruments you will ever encounter. It’s a definite must-see!