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Thessaloniki bars: top 7 spots to experience the city’s nightlife


Thessaloniki is a vibrant city with a number of nightlife choices for its residents and of course its guests. Get the chance to meet new people, taste cocktails, dance and enjoy yourself at a memorable night out. We have chosen 7 of our favorite Thessaloniki bars. We made sure there is one here for every taste!

Cin Cin

Elegant Cin Cin is a pleasant, fresh addition in Thessaloniki nightlife. You will find it on the pedestrian street of Iktinou, at the heart of the old city center. Just opposite Agia’s Sofias church and above Saint John’s catacomb. Once you enter the beautiful neoclassic building, you will feel like going back in time. An experienced barman will serve your drink right in front of you on an old fashioned trolley. Subtle but fine tunes will accompany your conversation. And last but not least, an oasis garden will await for you to enjoy your drink. Their moto says “Let us spoil you”. We say “Yes please!”


What would you think about a bar serving cocktails called “Bikini Swimsuit” in a renovated neoclassic inn from 1868? Ypsilon is not just another bar. It is a multipurpose space, unique in Thessaloniki for its character and initiatives. Here you can visit a temporary arts exhibition. Meet the most interesting blend of people. Have an early drink that can turn into a late night out. Listen to loud music at the bar or enjoy a conversation at the lounge. And feel the hype at one of the city’s “places to be” at the moment.


Talking about hype, Gorilla knows how to get its guests ready for party. A sensory space with dance music and fun atmosphere. A mixture of urban design and vibrant decoration that feels fresh and funky. And if you are a cocktail lover, get ready to discover some unexpected flavors. Bartenders here make art with unconventional combinations and emphasis on quality ingredients. We can’t stop tasting their “Mastiha Sour”. An authentic Greek twist of sweet and sour cocktails that is also vegan friendly. Yum!

To Pikap 

A new concept bar at the uprising area of Thessaloniki nightlife on Olympou Street. Probably the first self-service bar in the city that has become a locals’ favorite. From Jazz to Funk, Electronic and Rock, emphasis here is on music. To Pikap hosts a different Dj every night, but there is one rule: only vinyl records allowed. Hence the name “pikap” is how Greeks call the turntable. At the same time, live radio shows broadcast from the attic daily. Where, by the way, you can discover a nice selection of vinyl records and retro clothing pieces.

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Thermaikos Bar

And speaking of retro, Thermaikos Bar knows the style better than anyone! Since 1992 when it first opened, it is one of the most characteristic Thessaloniki bars. Red velvet, chess floors, dimmed lights and a tasteful 1970’s decoration. The warm atmosphere and smiling people will make you feel comfortable. At the same time, the legendary Dj session parties will keep you dancing all night long.

Rover Bar 

No matter if you are a world rover or just a Thessaloniki bars rover! You can have a stop here for some fine drinks and tunes. Housed in an old warehouse of “Ladadika”, wood and stone give it an authentic feeling. Rover is a classic rock bar, with great variety of beer labels and spirit etiquettes. Make sure you check for the monthly program of live music nights, special events and Dj sets. Something is going on around here every night…

To dentro sto bar

Another bar with character, just a few minutes from the city center. On the busy street of Vasilisis Olgas, an old mansion has been transformed into a unique bar. Spend a summer night enjoying your drink at the front yard under the big tree. Or get warm in the interior of the old residence listening to some live music. And in case you love beer, 40 draft labels await for you to choose from.

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Have you found your own favorite from Thessaloniki bars? Let us know where you had the most fun!


  1. ben_ohh1 says:

    Ok, real talk: when I was living in Thess in 2010, the ONLY place to party was 8Ball – keep it gangsta friends!

    1. Dragana says:

      Hello ben_ohh1,

      Thanks for sharing your memories! Are you visiting Thessaloniki soon again to try out some of the new places?



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