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Rover is excellent for live music, especially rock and blues...
Most of Greece’s major rembetika exponents have played here since it opened 20 years ago at the beginning of the rembetika revival...
Located in the middle of Athens Central Market, this classic rembetika (Greek blues) club has been around since 1930...
Locals sit at long wooden tables here, listening to live traditional music while drinking ouzo or beer. It’s dark inside and you won’t find snacks or nibbles, but the atmosphere is palpable and the band is lively.
This legendary club occupies a hall above the central meat market. Popular for classic rembetika and laïka from a respected band of musicians, it often starts from mid-afternoon. Access is by a lift in the arcade.
In summer, the Nikos Kazantzakis Open-Air Theatre also screens movies. It’s behind the Jesus Bastion. Follow Evans south for about 700m, turn right on Papandreou and right on Georgiadou...
Wait till at least 11pm, then head to this breezy outdoor ouzerie, high above the kastro, to hear traditional rembetika music sung by Skopelos’ own exponent of the Greek blues and bouzouki master, Georgos Xindar...
If you’re into rock and roll, this funky place scores high on the groove-meter. Regular themed nights include Greek Rock, and there’s also a local talent showcase called the Local Tribute Bands Festival.
The sprawling Edem park complex on the beach has a large pool open to the public. It presents live Cretan music occasionally in summer, as do some of the hotels and tavernas in town.
Special evening cultural events are held at the museum, and comprise traditional music and dance concerts, and classical and contemporary music recitals. Prices depend on seat position.
Performances of contemporary plays and ancient theatre in one of the city’s finest neoclassical buildings, in venues around town and, in summer, in ancient theatres across Greece.
An intimate, friendly live-music venue renowned for giving a break to an eclectic line-up of up-and-comers, and occasional touring artists like honorary Cretan, Ross Daly.
In July and August the open-air cinema screens blockbusters and indie flicks. It also organises excursions to plays at the ancient theatre of Epidavros .
The city’s state-of-the-art concert hall presents a rich winter program of operas and concerts featuring world-class international and Greek performers.
This historic Roman amphitheatre, known as the Herodion, is the preeminent arts venue in Athens and hosts the major events of the Athens Festival.
One of Athen’s premier theatres, the Pallas is centrally located and stages large productions, often in Greek.
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