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The Best Bars In Thessaloniki, Greece
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The Best Bars In Thessaloniki, Greece

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Τhe ‘Bride of Thermaikos’, the second largest city of Greece, is famous for its chilled atmosphere, its rich cultural heritage and its dynamic nightlife. We list the top bars in the city of Thessaloniki to enjoy when night falls.
Chill tropical design | Courtesy of Cantina Tropicana
Chill tropical design | Courtesy of Cantina Tropicana
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Berlin

Located on Christostomou Smirnis street, in a narrow street close to the old beach, you will find this legendary rock bar. A leading light in the nightlife of Thessaloniki for more than 35 years, Berlin is a favorite with hardcore rockers and lonely poets. Legends that have enjoyed their drinks here while in Thessaloniki include Nick Cave, Mark Almond and Ιan McCulloch.

Berlin, 10 Chrisostomou Smirnis street, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 2310221223

Disco party at La Doze | Courtesy of La Doze
Disco party at La Doze | Courtesy of La Doze
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La Doze

La Doze has picked up awards including ‘best bar outside Athens‘, and serves excellent cocktails. Ask the qualified bartenders for their advice and don’t hesitate to try something new. Excellent DJs play alternative, mainly electronic music sets here by night, and there are regular cultural and art events held here.

La Doze, 1 Villara street, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 231 053 2986

Elegant bar | Courtesy of Koukouvagia
Elegant bar | Courtesy of Koukouvagia
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Koukouvagia

This cultural space might not attract you at first sight; you’ll easily miss it as you walk around Kleisoura street. However, if you decide to enter (and we highly recommend that you do) you will find a hidden treasure trove of a dynamic bar, an interesting exhibition space and a small concert hall.

Koukouvagia, 8 Kleisouras street, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 231 301 0892

Classy interior space | Courtesy of Koukouvagia
Classy interior space | Courtesy of Koukouvagia
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Cantina Tropicana

This retro bar serves a wide range of coffee, tea and special cocktails, against a backdrop of funk, jazz and ethnic music. The furniture and objects decorating Cantina Tropicana are custom made. Go for a table in the garden, should the weather permit.

Cantina Tropicana, 31 Egnatia street, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 2310539727

Palio Hamam's wonderful terrace, right next to the Turkish baths | Courtesy of To Palio Hamam
Palio Hamam’s wonderful terrace, right next to the Turkish baths | Courtesy of To Palio Hamam
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To Palio Hamam

To Palio Hamam was named after the many Turkish baths (‘hamam‘ meaning bath in Turkish), remnants of the once-strong Ottoman presence in the city of Thessaloniki. This bar is located in the heart of the city, just a breath away from Egnatia street and a great place to enjoy a coffee or drink, listen to wonderful music and take a look at some interesting artistic exhibitions.

To Palio Hamam, Egnatia street, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 2310 222460

Cool drinks at Palio Hamam | Courtesy of To Palio Hamam
Cool drinks at Palio Hamam | Courtesy of To Palio Hamam
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Belleville Sin Patron

Belleville Sin Patron is a cooperative cafe-bar-bookstore that was established in the center of Thessaloniki in 2013. Its name means ‘Wonderful city without a boss’, reflecting its identity: a group of young people decided to take their lives in their own hands and create a self-organized project, with no hierarchies, bosses and economic exploitation. The bar operates on the basis of the weekly assembly, where the decisions are made. You should visit it in order to enjoy great drinks, created by using authentic and fresh ingredients from other cooperatives and also have a look on its library, with political, philosophical, historical and literature books.

Belleville Sin Patron, 80-82 Fillipou street, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 697 60 22 582

Acoustic live at Domino Cafe Bar | Courtesy of Domino Cafe Bar
Acoustic live at Domino Cafe Bar | Courtesy of Domino Cafe Bar
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Domino Cafe Bar

Domino is a cafe-bar in the city of Thessaloniki, located right next to Rotonda, It is a self-organized, collective-run cafe-bar, supporting a different model of labor and organization. It hosts a wide range of alternative cultural activities and serves local drinks, as well as delicious cold dishes and homemade sweets.

Domino Cafe Bar, 80 Fillipou street, Thessaloniki, Greece

Endless dance and fun at Domino Cafe Bar | Courtesy of Domino Cafe Bar
Endless dance and fun at Domino Cafe Bar | Courtesy of Domino Cafe Bar