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Entertainment & Nightlife in Greece


Greeks enjoy their nightlife so much that they take an afternoon nap to rest up for it. The evening often begins with a leisurely volta (stroll); you will see this in most neighbourhoods, including the main drags through the Plaka and Kolonaki Square.

Athens is known for its crazy nightlife. The Greek way of starting the night out would begin with a coffee in one of the many cosy cafés around Athens’s centre, while choosing among the incredible quantity of bars playing all kinds of music, from live music, disco, jazz, international and Greek pop, traditional Greek music, heavy metal, house music or hip hop. The night will go on and end in one of the many big or small clubs, which are always full of people partying until the wee hours of the morning. Athens also offers an exciting gay and lesbian scene, mostly concentrated in Makrigianni, south of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, or in the district of Exarchia.

Athens is crowded with bars, which usually open from 6pm until 2 or 3am. The main neighbourhoods with the biggest amount of bars are Kolonaki, Exarchia, Glyfada, Kifissia, Thision and Psiri. Keep in mind that in Greece, the staff of the bar would never close the bar if there are still people in it.

During the wintertime, the main night clubs can all be found in the town centre around Syntagma Square, in the district of Psiri, in the neighbourhood of Pangrati and Kolonaki or near Sigrou Avenue, on which most of gays and striptease clubs are situated. Night clubs are opened from 10pm until 6 or 7am, depending on the day, the type of bar and the people. The majority of these big clubs move to the seaside, in the Glyfada area, during summertime.

There are also concerts that take place throughout the year, and you might just find a musical artist that you enjoy, performing a concert during your stay in greece. Concerts in Athens at the Lycabettos Theatre and also the Herold Atticus Odeon are well worth experiencing in you have the opportunity.

Over the last decade or so, there has been a major increase in the number of casinos that are operating in Greece. The main reason for this increase in the number of casino establishments was to attract a higher number of "high-rolling" tourists all year round, instead of just during the popular summer months in Greece.

The earliest casino to operate in Greece was in the region of Loutraki, which was established in 1928, which is a very popular spa and holiday resort. It is also the gateway to the Peloponnese. The Loutraki casino can be reached from Athens by car or train.





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