Once you have worked through a list of places to visit in Athens, it is time to experience all the cool things to do in Athens at night. The city comes alive at night, from street performers, to the beautiful Acropolis lit up above the city, amazing nightlife in Athens as the bars start to come alive with tourists and locals enjoying the evening after work. Athens also has an amazing gastronomic scene, serving simple dishes to exquisite gastronomic experiences.
- 1 Athens By Night – The Cool & Fun Things To Do In Athens At Night
- 1.1 1. Athens Pub Crawl
- 1.2 2. Athens Walking Tour At Night
- 1.3 3. Attend A Concert Or Performance At Athens Concert Hall
- 1.4 4. Athens By Night Food Tour & Wine Tasting
- 1.5 5. Experience A Greek Dance Show
- 1.6 6. Athens Cooking Class & Dinner With Acropolis View
- 1.7 7. Experience A Music and Dance Festival In Athens
- 1.8 8. Dinner In The Sky In Athens
- 1.9 9. Wine Tasting Under The Acropolis
- 1.10 10. Open Air Cinemas – Athens Outdoor Cinema – Athens under the Stars
- 1.11 11. Romantic Dinner With Acropolis View
- 1.12 12. Molecular Mixology Course & Tasting Experience
- 1.13 13. Attend A Theatre Show In Athens
Athens By Night – The Cool & Fun Things To Do In Athens At Night
Athens is not just a city to experience for its history but is also an ideal destination if your want fun, if you want to learn something new, if you want to unwind. All that and more is on offer from day to night. I have shared a Greek itinerary covering Athens, Mykonos and Santorini which takes you through many day time activities in this post its all about Athens by night tours and experiences. From Athens night sightseeing tour with greek dinner show to wine tasting and cooking experiences. Experiences local life through a movie under the stars experience or one of the cool Athen night segway tours.
Experiences all that Athens has to offer from bars and clubs to performances, Greek culture and food!
1. Athens Pub Crawl
What better way to experience Athens nightlife than by crawling through the best pubs in Athens. Tak to the streets of Athens in a 4-hour pub crawl to not only get a glimpse of Athens nightlife but explore the city’s best bars and clubs. Enjoy bottomless sangria while learning about the cool drinking games Greece is known for.
If you can also opt for a private night tour with a local to the best Athens Tavernas or if you are short on time there is a 3-hour bar hopping tour and if you want to experience the nightlife of Monastiraki and Koukaki then check out the Athens Bar Hopping tour starting in Monastiraki and exploring surrounding areas. For those that want to experience what nightlife is life for LGBT then check out the Private Athens LGBT Nightlife Tour.
2. Athens Walking Tour At Night
Want to experience Athens on foot in the evening, then this tour is one to check out. Discover the history of Athens quarters in a small group. Walk by Greek and Roman Forums, Parthenon and Acropolis and check out Anafiotika, the city’s oldest neighborhood. The tour also includes dinner at a Greek Tavern.
For something with food variety check out the Athens Gourmet Food Small Group Walking Tour with Tastings, or if you want to take in the views at sunset during your tour then I suggest taking the Mount Lycabettus Walking Tour in Athens where you can take in panoramic views of the city as well as listen to stories about the mountain in the middle of the city. For a walking tour that with more of a local life touch I would recommend the Athens Stories in the Streets Walking Tour. This tour takes you on a journey of the city’s back alleys, atmospheric neighborhoods and undiscovered gems with an insider guide.
3. Attend A Concert Or Performance At Athens Concert Hall
Athens has stunning venues that are as much an experience in themselves as the performances are. Another cool experience to have in Athens in the even is a performance at Athens Concert Hall. This stunning venue is renowned for its excellent acoustics and plays host to the city’s classical music, opera, ballet and theatre performances.
If you are visting Athens in the Spring and summer make sure you check out the annual programme of performances. The Concert Hall also has an arts library with books and manuscripts as well as its own State Orchestra.
Where is it: Vasilissis Sofias Avenue | Nearest Metro: Mousikis Station on the blue line.
4. Athens By Night Food Tour & Wine Tasting
Love to experience local food when you travel? Then you need to explore Athens through your taste buds. From traditional Greek food to the modern gastronomy of Greeks traditional and passed down generations recipes.
You can experience this in small group tours of via a private one or through streetfood and restaurant hoping to make the most of your time and insight to the variety of tasty food in the city with a local guide. What better way to learn more about Greek culture; with so many olives, nuts, fruits, cheeses, and meats, it’s hard to know where to start tasting.
If you are visiting Athens for the first time then check out the all rounder Athens Food Tour with local guide, tastings in Greek tavernas and drinks of course. If you prefer a private tour or one with friends I suggest Athens Private Evening Food Tour with a variety of tastings or the if you want to combine sightseeing with food then check out the Athens Private Walking Tour which includes the Acropolis, exploration of the famous Plaka neighbourhood and food of course.
If you also want to explore the amazing markets in Athens then also check out the Athens Gourmet Food Walking Tour with Tastings where a local guides you to find and taste treasures such as organic olive oils and pastries easy to pass over if alone, and discover artisanal stores and eateries mostly only known to locals.
5. Experience A Greek Dance Show
Let the magic of the city come alive when you take on a city tour with the combination of the Greek dinner show. Take in views of the Parthenon, Temple of Zeus, Greek Parliament and the light Acropolis perched above the city before heading to Plaka for delicious Greek food with traditional Greek dancing, music and a good sing along. You can also opt for a 3-course dinner with Greek dancing minus the tour of the city.
6. Athens Cooking Class & Dinner With Acropolis View
Want to fully immerse yourself in Greek culture? There is no better way to do that than to learn how to cook authentic food from Greece. What better way to do that than to combine a local stay with an Athenian with a cooking class. You get to visit the market to shop for your ingredients and cook them at the local Athens home. This also includes breakfast too. You also save money on hotel stay but the added bonus of experiencing local life and learning how to cook and see what Greeks eat for dinner and breakfast.
To experience Greek cooking in a small group setting then check out the 3 hour Small Group Athens Cooking Class & Dinner where you make everything from starters and main course. For a longer class that also includes a market visit check out the 4-hour Athens Food Tour With Market Visit. If you want a cooking class with a difference from the usual then you can learn the art of Phyllo pies, or learn how to make Greek breads and pastries by doing a Greek Baking Class.
7. Experience A Music and Dance Festival In Athens
Athens parties are like no other and throughout the year the city plays host of many music and dance festivals. Famous artists from Greece and around the world come here to dazzle with their talents. Pick up a calendar from the tourist office and if you are in Athens in the summer Athens host the biggest annual music event which is a 3-day extravaganza.
There is also the Athens Festival where you can spend summer nights attending open air concerts, dances, theatrical events, which draws national and international groups, artists of classical, modern music, opera, dance and theatre to the stage. To bag a ticket to the festival’s performances check out the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre in the city.
8. Dinner In The Sky In Athens
Among the cool things to do in Athens at night is the Dinner In The Sky In Athens. What better way to take in the views of Athens than to dine above the city itself. Eat dinner in a revolving restaurant suspended in the sky during this thrilling experience in Athens. Take in a a bird’s eye view at 165 feet (50 meters) in the air, get views of the city of Athens lit up at night, including the illuminated Acropolis, as the table slowly rotates. Enjoy Greek food and bottomless glasses of wine and beer.
9. Wine Tasting Under The Acropolis
Are you a wine lover? Then this an experience not to miss. I shared tips on the best places to dine in Santorini, an island that is also known for its amazing wines. With this experience, you get a taste of Greek wine in a setting beneath the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens. Learn about Greek wine regions and grapes, and hear tales of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility.
10. Open Air Cinemas – Athens Outdoor Cinema – Athens under the Stars
Summers nights in Athens are incomplete without checking out the open-air cinemas also known as summer cinemas. If you are visiting Athens in May to September do not miss out on enjoying this Greek pastime. Relax in a chilled out setting, drink wine and enjoy Greek snacks are you enjoy a movie under Athenian skies. You can pick up a calendar at the local tourist office or if you want this as part of a tour then check out the Athen Outdoor Cinema Tour.
11. Romantic Dinner With Acropolis View
The views across the city in the evening are just stunning. Now imagine that as you dine to great food and music with a romantic setting. That is by way of a Romantic Dinner with Acropolis View. Be sure to look out for my post on the best restaurants in Athens with Acropolis views for more on where to dine with this iconic monument.
12. Molecular Mixology Course & Tasting Experience
You have seen the tourist sights visited the museums, done the Greek souvenir shopping and still hungry for unusual and unique things to do in Athens? Then check out the Molecular Mixology Course & Tasting Experience. This is a 5-hour tour of fun science and alcoholic.
If want something more on the budget front check out the Liqueur tasting in a distillery showroom which originates from Kefallonia island. If you are more into spirits and gin then check out the Gin Tasting Tour where you can expand your knowledge of Mediterranean gins and enjoy multiple tastings by opting for this exciting gin tasting experience in Athens.
13. Attend A Theatre Show In Athens
We have talked about food, dance, movies, bars and clubs. Another way to spend your time in the evening in Athens is by way of experiencing the theatres in Athens. These normally run between October and April, offering a variety of shows from drama to musicals and comedies.
Theatres are spread across neighbourhoods of Psyrri, Plaka, Gazi, Kolonaki and Exarcheia where you not only enjoy the shows but you also get to explore different neighbourhoods in the city. Be sure to include shows at the famous Odeion of Herodes and the Dionysos Theatre. While most of the performances might be in Greek, theatres are all about the passion, feeling and emotion so you don’t need to understand the words.
So have you been to Athens before? Which of the above have you experienced? If you haven’t yet what are you waiting for?! Which one of the things to do in Athens at night listed above do you have on your wanderlust list for your visit to Athens?
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Thanks for this amazing guide to Athens! That open air cinema sounds amazing!