Athens doesn’t do quiet. Whether you’re looking for authentic Greek music, classic rock tunes, or something a little more alternative, these places pump with live music all week long.

By Paul Pervanas

Alternative Music

six d.o.g.s

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Gagarin 205

This popular concert space at Liossion Avenue is one of the leading ones in Athens. To its core, Gagarin's soul is rock, but its bookings vary from contemporary UK jazz, oldschool US hip-hop, darkwave, psychedelic as well as local rock and rap acts.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Right in the centre of Athens, just a five minute walk from Syntagma Square lies St. Paul’s Anglican Church. It has been there since 1843 providing a safe space where international families can practice their faith. Since 2016 it has also been the home of St. Paul’s Sessions, an unorthodox—pun intended—platform of live events that showcases a flawless curation of some of the most visionary and innovative musicians of the ambient, electronic and post-classical genres.

Photo: Pinelopi Gerasimou


“This legendary club is where Athenians first heard the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and The Velvet Underground.”


Jazz & World Music

Half Note Jazz Club

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Underflow Record Store & Art Gallery

Afrikana Jazz Bar

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“As to finding the place, we won't give away the secret.”

The Speakeasy Athens

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Greek Music

The Bar at Didotou Live Stage

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Stavros tou Notou

Photo: Amalia Kovaiou

Classical Music & Musical Theatre

The Athens Concert Hall

Also known as Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall stages operas, classical music, theatre, and dance performances throughout the year. And there’s live music in the lovely secret garden in the summer months.

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Faust Bar