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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.

Alternative Music

six d.o.g.s

Six d.o.g.s has everything you could want under one roof.

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A crowd outside of Romantso.

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Romantso

Temple

The stage at Temple.

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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.

Fuzz

You could catch the next big band (before they're big) at Fuzz.

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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.

Athens' live music scene has something for everyone.

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Rock

AN Club

AN will bring out the rocker in you.

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Bourbon is a great option for live music by the sea.

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Bourbon

Jazz & World Music

Half Note Jazz Club

A saxophone player at Half Note.

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Underflow is a live music venue, record store and gallery, all in one place.

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Underflow Record Store & Art Gallery

Afrikana Jazz Bar

Afrikana has something going on every night.

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The Speakeasy Athens

Kind of an oxymoron to be registered on Google maps with a name like Speakeasy, but that doesn't make it any easier to find this hidden bar in the heart of Athens. Straight out of the prohibition era, Speakeasy offers strong cocktails served with loud, live jazz, funk, gospel, blues, and soul (and clouds of cigarette smoke). As to finding the place, we won't give away the secret; it's best you contact them on Facebook.

Live music venues in Athens are bound to get crowded.

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Greek Music

The Bar at Didotou Live Stage

Entekno is to Greek music what fado is to Portuguese music: lyrical acoustic songs (usually played on the guitar, piano, and wind instruments), with a melancholy strain and lyrics often inspired by Greek poets. This cosy venue is one of the oldest live music bars in Athens and a great place to discover the genre.

Come check out a show on any of Stavros tou Notou's three stages.

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Stavros tou Notou

Live music at Klimataria.

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Classical Music & Musical Theatre

Gazarte

A show at Gazarte.

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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.

The crowd at Faust is ready to party.

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Faust Bar