The 13 Best Punk And Indie Bars In Athens

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9 February 2017

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.

Local Pub

Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Run by Oi! skinheads, the Local Pub is located in Halandri near the Olympic Park. It features a great selection of beers, ales, ciders and more, and serves pub-meets-American-food. With its dark wood décor, extensive beer choice and punk music, the Local Pub is a welcoming and warm space that any self-respecting beer addict should know.

The Handlebar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
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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.

Booze Cooperativa

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Booze Cooperativa is the ultimate indie bar. Situated on Kolokotroni Street, the bar has an upstairs space for art shows and intimate DJ sets, and different rooms infused with a relaxed and laid-back vibe. You can spend endless nights here drinking tasty concoctions while listening to the best indie DJs in town.

Bar Locomotiva

Bar, Pub Grub
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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.

Pleei Play Café Bar

Bar, Cafe, Tea , Fast Food, Pub Grub
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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.

Bios

Bar, Contemporary, Beer
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With its vocation of being a meeting place for arts and media, Bios in Gazi is a multifunctional and multi-level space which serves as a bar, a theater and a performance venue at the same time. It hosts numerous gigs, activities and events, and in the summer, the best place to be is on the rooftop.

Kommotirio

Bar, Pub Grub
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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.

Big Mouth

Bar, Restaurant, Greek, Italian, Pub Grub, $$$
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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.

AlcoHole

Bar, Pub Grub
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AlcoHole is one of those small, unassuming bars where the laid-back atmosphere even seeps outside onto the street. Beers and cocktails are good and dirt cheap and the music – punk, rock and hard core – can be loud but will get you rocking. If you get there late and the bar is too crowded, don’t be scared to find a nearby bench.

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