Photo: Pinelopi Gerasimou

There’s another life pulsing beneath the streets of Athens: one of adrenalin-charged, underground nightclubs that stir only when most bars call it a night.

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Crust is your one-stop shop for all things nightlife: a great venue, loud music, drinks and pizza.

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Crust

Russian Disco Meteorit

The first thing you need to know about this long-running basement near Syntagma Square? It’s a legend on the Athens underground club scene. Once named “-40°C”, this was where Athens’ Russian crowd used to gather to reminisce about the motherland over movie screenings and vodka shots. But then it was discovered by DJ duo Amateurboyz and became a shrine for unfiltered, late night shenanigans. The second thing? It only opens on special occasions. So if you’re lucky enough to be in Athens for one of their pop-up parties, don’t miss it.

“It only opens on special occasions. So if you’re lucky enough to be in Athens for one of their pop-up parties, don’t miss it.”

This is one of Athens' most popular after-hours bars.

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The Speakeasy

Athens nightlife never slows down.

Photo: Pinelopi Gerasimou

EKEI

While at EKEI (meaning “there” in Greek) you are faced with a tough choice: do you want to party ekei kato at the basement (meaning “down there”) or ekei pano ("up there") at the first floor? This two-storey building among the silverware shops of Lekka street in the Historic Centre is regularly packed with young Athenians throwing shapes on the dance floor. It’s especially rammed on Saturday nights when “Issues”, a weekly club night, takes place on both floors with trap, hip-hop and EDM anthems.

“This two-storey building hidden among silverware shops is packed with young Athenians throwing shapes on the dance floor.”

These basement dives are where you somehow wind up at 4 am for that ‘one last drink.’

Photo: Pinelopi Gerasimou

Skullbar

“You are what you dance”, reads the neon screamer over the DJ booth at Skullbar. You’ll find this infamous Athens dance club that never closes in the graffiti-lined streets of Exarchia. Look for the skull-shaped sign above a black door. People pitch up in this basement at 8 am on a Sunday, after an all-night bar crawl across Athens. Or fresh from a good night’s sleep and craving a boogie with their morning coffee.