Gay life in the city
All the gay stories about the ancient Greeks, combined with a sunny climate and fascinating history has turned Greece into a major gay destination.
The gay mecca continues to be the island of Mykonos, while the scene in the capital city remains rather low-key.
Still, Athens has its number of gay hotspots and the gay pride events although small are becoming bigger each year.
Before moving on to Mykonos (or Lesbos, in the ladies' case), these are the gay places to check out in Athens:
BARS & CLUBS
GRANAZI MUSIC BAR - 20 Lebesi Street
The oldest gay bar in the city has a traditional Greek atmosphere, with its small space hosting drag and strip shows on weekends, while simply being a friendly space for a drink and pop music on all the other days.
BLUE TRAIN CAFÉ - Konstantinoupoleos 84
When gay guys meet for a night out in Athens, they often start here. It's a place to chat over coffee and drinks, snacks, and free wireless internet. It's also a popular breakfast option after clubbing on weekends.
KAZARMA - Konstantinoupoleos 84
Loud dance music, laser shows, and plasma screens are the ingredients that create this popular club above the Blue Train Cafe. DJs spin tunes according to the party of the day, be it Greek Night, or a regular Saturday night dance party.
You'll be rubbing shoulders and everything else against the crowd trying to move around this place when it gets packed on weekends. It is the most popular gay club in Athens, with two dancefloors - one with pop hits, and the other with progressive house.
Claiming to be the biggest LGBT and straight-friendly club in Greece, it's divided into lounge and dance areas with an army atmosphere and theme nights.
Every Friday and Saturday night gay men fill this club for its special parties, including strip and drag shows to the sounds of Greek and European music.
Located in Gazi not far from other gay hangouts, this sauna offers two floors with Jacuzzi, steam room, and a sauna, as well as a lounge.
FLEX GYM MEN'S FITNESS SPA - 6 Poliklitou Street
This place has it all: a gym, three saunas, two jacuzzi spa, a steam room for up to 30 men, a relax area, color and aromatherapy, and a roof garden where you can work on your tan when the sun is out.
You'll probably be told about LIMANAKIA B beach, the gay sunbathing and swimming zone in Athens (surrounded by rocks, not sand). To get there you take the tram to Glyfada followed by bus E22 to Limanakia (the third stop). When you step off the bus descend towards the water, and choose the perfect rock to sit on. Nudity is common and don't be surprised to see "private" encounters between two men in the caves.
This friendly lesbian café-bar has an 80s-to-now soundtrack and can either be a meeting point before moving on to somewhere else, or to stay long into the night.
This lesbian club gets its number of gay men too, but for ladies who feel like dancing (with other ladies), there is no other place like it in Athens, with a warm décor and upbeat music.
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