A Friday Night Out On The Town

ACROPOLIS MUSEUM – A FEAST FOR ALL FIVE SENSES

If you haven’t yet seen the breathtaking exhibits at the Acropolis Museum then Friday is the night to go. The museum remains open until 10 pm and the restaurant until 12 and as an added treat, from now until Greek Easter there are various live musical ensembles performing everything from chamber music to traditional Greek music.

Enjoy a fabulous Mediterranean dinner beneath the light of Greek civilization.

ACROPOLIS MUSEUM RESTAURANT: Enjoy a fabulous Mediterranean dinner beneath the light of the Acropolis, the cradle of Western civilization.

Get there at about 6 or 7 in the afternoon and watch as the marble statues change colors according to the strength of the sun. Once you’ve worked up an appetite head for the museums wonderful restaurant and enjoy a delicious Mediterranean dinner based on classical and traditional recipes, giving particular emphasis on local products from regional Greece.

For a listing of the museums events and performances please visit the Acropolis Museum site.

OPEN AIR CINEMAS – THE NIGHT WAS MADE FOR MOVIES

If you are here from the end of April till the end of September then definitely take in a movie at an outdoor cinema. For me there is nothing better to do on a warm night than to watch your favourite movie amongst the fragrant jasmine bushes, stray cats and a cold beer or soda in your hand. Central Athens has quite a few of them like Cine Psyrri at Sarri 40-44, in Psyrri, Aigli in National Gardens by the Zappeion Conference Center.

Watch your favorite film under the starry Athenian sky.

OPEN AIR CINEMA: Watch your favourite film under the starry Athenian sky.

My favorite is Cine Thisseion located directly beneath the Acropolis on the pedestrian walkway which connects the archaeological sites of Athens. Voted by CNN as the best outdoor cinema in the world, the Cine Thiseio is perhaps the most famous of all outdoor cinemas in Athens for its magnificent view of the Parthenon .  It is the oldest outdoor movie theater in Athens, built in 1935, and is usually open from April to October. It is a family owned business and during intermission, the snack bar offers home-made pies and Tsipouro (a distilled spirit which resembles Grappa) from the family village as well as other favourites such as hot dogs, popcorn and a large variety of soft drinks and cold beers.

RESTAURANTS

Dinner overlooking the enchanting city of Athens.

LYCABETTUS HILL: Dinner overlooking the enchanting city of Athens.

Many famous restaurants, bars and cafe’s offer special discounts for Friday night dinners. There are so many good places to choose from. Just pick a copy of the Athens Guide from your hotel and pick the cuisine and atmosphere that is right for you.

CONCERTS, DANCE, THEATRE

Athens also has a very vibrant and exciting cultural scene. The Athens Megaron Concert Hall  and the Onassis Cultural Center offer world class concerts, dance and theatrical performances. If a classical repertoire is more to your liking then take in an opera at the Greek National Opera.

A night to remember.

PERFORMANCE AT ODEON OF HERODES ATTICUS: A night to remember.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus outdoor theatre is also an incredible venue for cultural events and in the summer there is a plethora of quality events to choose from.

 

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