Greece’s nightlife is centered in main towns and resorts with late-night bars, dance clubs and live concerts. Athens’ nightlife is among the best in Europe, with many local tavernas, particularly in the Plaka area, and ouzeris (typical Greek bars), plus a plethora of trendy bars and small clubs in the fashionable night-time districts of Psirri and Gazi playing international music.
In summer, many of Athens’ big clubs move out of the centre to the beaches at Voula, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, for big open-air cocktail bars, DJ-music and endless sea views. Nightclubs featuring live Greek bouzouki music are also extremely popular in both Athens and Thessaloniki – think glitzy clientele throwing carnations and dancing on the tables.
Through summer, the Cycladic islands of Mykonos and Santorini are also noted for their exceptionally glamorous and up-market nightlife, while Corfu, Zakynthos (Zante), and Ios attract youngsters in search of cheap alcohol and all-night discos. Mallia in Crete is also more dedicated to young people while Rhodes of the Dodekanese is for matured people. Couples in search of a romantic escape would do better to head for lesser known islands such as Milos, Folegandros, Patmos or Ithaca.
Greece has some casinos, such as the Mount Parnes Casino in Athens, the Casino Achilleon in Corfu, The Casino in Syros, the Casino in Loutraki and the Casino Rodos at the Grande Albergo delle Rose in Rhodes. For more highbrow entertainment, regular classical music concerts and international theatrical performances are held at the stunning open air second-century AD Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens during the Hellenic Festival (Jun-Sep).
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