Athenians like to kick-off their (long) nights out with an evening stroll, stopping at their favourite watering holes along the way. Get started at the well-known Shamone, a top spot for clubbing, where drag shows and DJ sets often take place. Similar is Enodia in Gazi, where you can get loose with an older crowd in a small summer garden and listen to all kinds of music. If you want to meet Greek bears, Big Bar nearby serves up a mellow mood, welcoming staff, gay anthems and themed nights—along with rivers of beer.
Don’t be a Cinderella. Athenian nightclubs rarely get cracking before midnight and you’ll have to wait until after 1am to appreciate queer hotspot, BeQueer, a current favourite for queer Millennials (think Brooklyn drag, not Manhattan). Or go to old-school classic Koukles Club to see archetypal Greek drag in a grunge setting.
Noiz will keep you dancing until the early morning with a mostly lesbian crowd; while Sodade2 is one of the most established gay clubs in town with a mainstream mob and two stages. Celebrities’ choice Shamone hosts stellar events, shows and parties. Looking for a younger, more mixed audience? S-CAPE has your name on it.
Also emerging on the Athens circuit are techno parties, with their sole goal of uniting revellers. Throwing some of the best beats and most diverse soirees around right now are Qreclaim and Slam Athens so be sure to check out their social media accounts if you’re coming to town.