Keep things spicy with an authentic Thai curry at kitsch Tuk Tuk, an instant hit since it landed in the cool Koukaki neighbourhood a few years ago. Or tuck into some Japanese souvlaki, paired with a fiery Japanese whiskey, at hip Birdman, in Syntagma.
Got an appetite for cruising? Try Adult Theater at Metaxourgio, ATTRAXX in the Gazi area, or Lamda Video and Cruising on Syngrou Avenue. Or turn up the heat at a sauna: Alexander is a four-storey cruising playground in Gazi, while more modestly-sized Flex in Monastiraki has a rooftop lounge and a Muscle Mary clientele.
Get under the skin of authentic Athens by vibing with locals at non-touristy spaces like ultra-urban BIOS in Keramikos, the lush hidden courtyard of Six d.o.g.s in Monastiraki/Psirri, or nostalgic Mple Papagalos (Blue Parrot) on Metaxourgio Square (you’ll love the flirty atmosphere and mellow groove).
Or stay on the move. That’s another popular nocturnal pastime for restless Athenians. Wander beloved neighbourhoods and lookouts—like Plaka, Thissio, Monastiraki, Psirri and rocky Areopagus—talking, stargazing, and drinking in the unpredictable fizz of Athens. Who knows what new friends or encounters might await you around the next corner?