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The 13 Best Punk And Indie Bars In Athens

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Athens is filled with punk and indie bars where commercial hits are never heard, beer is flowing and good music is cranking. With a tacit ‘no suits allowed’ policy, these bars, ranging from the purest dive bars to small holes in the wall, are among the top bars playing metal, punk, hardcore and anything indie. Here is our guide to the best in the city.

The Handlebar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
Located in Psirri, the Handlebar is an all-day café that’s open every day of the week. Originally aimed to be a space for cycling addicts, it soon became a popular joint among the rest of the locals as well. Offering breakfast and lunch options with a British twist, the bar is open into the night while offering a variety of house cocktails, local and British beers. This cool indie hub is another address you need to remember in Psirri.
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Bar Locomotiva

Bar, Pub Grub
This bar, also collectively run, is located in the anti-conformist area of Exarcheia. With vintage and alternative sounds, Locomotiva welcomes DJ sets every Friday and the occasional live performance. On Wednesdays, DJ Alexis Kalofolias, The Last Drive’s bassist and singer, plays garage music and rock ‘n’ rolls into the wee hours. The drinks are good and cheap, and the place also has an exhibition and event area upstairs.
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Pleei Play Café Bar

Bar, Cafe, Tea , Fast Food, Pub Grub
Pleei Play Café Bar is a cool bar where one can play backgammon and other board games while sipping on a fresh beer. Set in Agia Paraskevi, the bar, which has expanded over the years, offers an array of drinks and snacks, and probably its biggest bonus point is the charming outdoor space in the back. It also hosts various DJ sets and live gigs, even during the week.
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Mon - Thu:
10:00 am - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am


The oldest goth club in Athens, Rebound plays dark, new wave, punk and post-punk music, and sometimes even some good old rock ‘n’ roll. This original place, which is, as expected, very dark inside, only opens on Saturdays after midnight.

Rebound, Mithimnis 43, Amerikis square, Athens, Greece


Bar, Pub Grub
Located in Halandri, right across from the Komboloi traditional café, Kommotirio (literally ‘hair dresser’) is a cool and chilled bar where cheap but honest cocktails and tasty beers are served in a casual atmosphere. Playing rock, dub music and reggae, this place is an ideal stop for a relaxed drink with friends. Be careful, one drink leads to another and you’ll be surprised when you’ve suddenly stayed until closing time.
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Mon - Wed:
8:30 pm - 3:00 am
Thu - Fri:
8:30 pm - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
8:30 pm - 3:00 am

Big Mouth

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, $$$
Formerly known as the Blue Bar, Big Mouth has lost a bit of its punk edge but still offers a blues-rock feel with a cool roof garden at the top of a winding staircase. And even if you didn’t come for the music, the place serves top-notch pizzas and mouthwatering cocktails. When you mix a punk-rock bar with an ‘on-point restaurant, you get Big Mouth.
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