Thessaloniki in detail

Drinking & Nightlife

If you are after varied and lively drinking spots, Thessaloniki won't disappoint. Each area has its own character and the bars follow suit. Prepare to stay up until the early hours.


The last decade has seen this former commercial district, north of Ladadika between Tsimiski and Egnatia, metamorphose into an alternative nightlife district. Graffiti and dive bars sit next to mushrooming cocktail bars.

Ladadika & Around

Competition from Valaoritou inspired a comeback for Ladadika, a historic quarter of old tobacco houses and brothel buildings; now its narrow spoking streets are lined almost exclusively with tavernas, bars and music venues. Facing it, the port area has trendy cocktail bars and student-driven cafes, and several art venues.

White Tower & Waterfront

West of the White Tower, pedestrianised Iktinou is bursting with boutique bars and charismatic cafes. Along the waterfront, most bars offer little to distinguish between them, except perhaps the stylishness of their interiors and the quality of their cocktails.

North of Egnatia

North of Egnatia you'll have to look harder for nightlife, though Olimpou, running west from the northwest corner of the Roman Forum, has a clutch of quality bars.