Rebetiko music is Greece’s version of the Blues. While these haunting songs of love and hardship can be heard in many places, for the real deal, you have to know where to go.

By Stavros Dioskouridis

You go to rebetadika for the music—and the heartache. Foteini Papadopoulou (vocals), Eugenios Halil (bouzouki) Lefteris Vaiopoulos (guitar).

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A night at the rebetadiko isn't just a night at a live music venue, it's a ritual.

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"Even if you don’t understand a single lyric, you will love the rhythm, the plaintive voices that set the mood, and the passionate looks on the faces around you."

Rebetika is also known as the Greek blues. Eugenios Halil (bouzouki) Lefteris Vaiopoulos (guitar).

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Enjoy your rebetiko night with lots of great food at venues around the city.

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Exarchia is a popular place to find rebetika all week. Stelios Papadopoulos (bouzouki).

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Make sure to drop by Feidiou 2 for a genuine rebetiko experience while in Athens.

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