If you are a jazz lover visiting Athens, you will be happy to know that you won’t have to put aside your love for good music while you are in the Greek capital. The city is brimming with unique and fantastic jazz venues, ranging from regular bars to full-fledged concert halls. Here are the top jazz clubs and bars in Athens, Greece.
Located on Akadimias Avenue, inside a commercial gallery, Jazz Point is a coffee shop/bar where you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee during the day, along with homemade treats, sandwiches, and salads, or a glass of wine or cocktail until the wee hours of the morning. This cool joint features a series of live jazz performances from local and international bands. Make sure to check the bar’s Facebook page to know what’s happening; you might be lucky enough to discover new talents.
The northern suburbs strike hard in the live jazz music scene with The Zoo, a pub-style bar and concert venue. A great place to have drinks with your friends or simply to come and listen to talented musicians and artists from Greece and abroad, The Zoo also hosts the JazZoo Concert Series, which takes place every Wednesday and features local jazz bands who play their latest hits in front of an eager crowd. Don’t miss it.
If you want to enjoy some jazz music in a unique venue, then the Railway Carriage Theater To Treno Sto Rouf is ideal. The venue, which comprises several old wagons and locomotives restored and turned into a hybrid complex, hosts artistic productions, exhibitions, plays, as well as live music performances that range from jazz music to soul and blues. Hang out at the bar-wagon afterward for a delicious nightcap, or enjoy the fresh air in the open-air bar in the warm summer months.
In the neighborhood of Mets, the Half Note Jazz Club stands out. A veteran of the jazz bars of Athens, it has been in operation since 1979. It is, therefore, not surprising that world-class international and Greek musicians from the jazz world have played here over the years. With a program lasting from October to the end of May, artists from jazz, soul and blues, and funk have graced the Half Note’s stage. Don’t hesitate to check the calendar and see what’s happening. You won’t regret it.
Hidden in the pedestrian street of Adrianou, near the Thisseio metro station, Athenaeum Kelari is a basement venue that has been offering a wide range of live music performances since its opening in 2011. While jazz music plays a predominant role in the venue’s programming, other genres such as funk, soul, blues, and acoustics are also heard. Besides its impressive calendar, Athenaeum Kelari is perfect for a low-key drink; though if you are in the area in the morning, you can enjoy delicious breakfast options.
Just five minutes from Kerameikos metro station, Afrikana Jazz Bar is credited with being one of the hottest live stages in the city. Make sure to drop by for a night of music and fun, where you could listen to some of the top jazz, afro jazz, funk, blues, and soul bands around. Thanks to its Greek island-style décor and its warm and inviting vibes, Afrikana attracts an eclectic crowd of people, making it a favorite for cool nights hanging out with friends while listening to great music.
As the Greek capital of theatre, Athens counts many theatrical stages where you can experience captivating performances. One of them is Faust—a bar, theater and music venue. This unique space includes a theatre stage upstairs, a bar, as well as a music stage where a plethora of bands, from traditional jazz to ethnic, swing and underground music regularly perform. Whether you are looking for a place to enjoy live music or hang out with your friends, you will have a great time at Faust.