Famous for its eclectic music scene, Athens has a plethora of live music bars and restaurants where you can enjoy local and international talents. While these are perfectly adequate spots to listen to your favorite band, there are plenty of excellent music venues where you can relish in a full-fledged concert. Here is a guide to the best music venues in Athens, where there is something to satisfy everyone’s musical cravings.
Concert Hall, Library
Located in the Gazi District and with one of the liveliest nightlife scenes in town, Gazarte is an institution. The venue includes a library, a concert hall, a restaurant/bar area, plus a beautiful and green terrace. And though the bar serves delicious cocktails, the strong point of Gazarte is the events and live gigs it hosts regularly. From small intimate shows to larger ones, it has managed to establish itself as one of the best places for a concert or performance.
Megaro Mousikis is probably one of the most important cultural spots in the city, where practically everything related to classical music is happening as it contains optimal facilities for opera performances. This stunning building was inaugurated in 1991, and since then, it has been expanded and now features four halls.
As the mecca of urban art and culture, Bios is another music venue where live performances and gigs are often organized. Including a bar, a small theater, a basement club, and a low-key rooftop, Bios has hosted a variety of guests such as Steve Aoki, McYinka, Reks, Cayetano Live Band, and Circassian.
Established in 2002, Gagarin 205 is a venue located on Liosion Street. With a capacity of 1200 standing or 600 seated, Gagarin 205 is more than a live music club; it is a multipurpose space where concerts, live performances, theatrical plays, and other events are held.
This jazz club has been around for ages. Half Note Jazz Club specializes in hosting intimate yet highly anticipated jazz gigs where Greek and international jazz musicians set the stage on fire. The seasonal program usually includes over 200 shows spanning across various music genres such as jazz, funk, and blues, as well as a little bit of soul and Latin music.
God Is An Astronaut, Selah Sue, and Vapors of Morphine are only a few examples of the bands who have performed at Fuzz Live Music Club. Now celebrating its ten-year anniversary, the club is equipped with high-level sound and light systems and has hosted a variety of rock and alternative music bands.
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Blend Club is one of the hottest electronic clubs in town. Presenting the leading international techno and tech-house artists, Blend is a powerhouse when it comes to pure sound and attracting renowned DJs from around the world to make Athenians dance and enjoy their art for a night.
As one of the oldest rock clubs in Athens, AN Club is a unique live music venue that enjoys combining the old with the new to present an eclectic and innovative experience to its audience. During its 30 years of existence, the venue, located in Exarcheia, has hosted some of the biggest names from the Greek and international rock scene, including Trypes, Xilina Spathia, Big Nose Attack, and Purple Overdose. With such a variety, AN Club will probably be around for many more years.