In the daytime, this quiet and colourful neighbourhood appears like any other local Greek community – full of markets, art galleries and antique shops. However, night time transforms Pysrri into a busting hub of activity which is just perfect for friends looking to enjoy a few nights out on holiday. Find out what this little region is hiding behind its quaint and cutesy façade.
A Brief History
The liberation of Greece from Turkish occupation happened in 1833, and was a turning point for Pysrri. Immigrants from the provinces and veteran freedom fighters began settling and building workshops and other small industries – this gave the area the charming character it still has today.
Pysrri began its renovation period in the 1990s, and has since been a popular tourist spot for young travellers. Home to several unique and authentic bars, clubs and taverns, there’s no better place to enjoy a holiday with your friends.
Bars and Clubs: The Essentials
Here are some top spots that you simply cannot miss if you’re travelling to Pysrri…
Beer-Time: If you’re keen to sample a variety of beers from across the globe, then this is the perfect place. Also serving some delicious local delicacies, Beer-Time is a fantastic bar/restaurant to spend the early evening before heading out to a club.
The Party: This small bar is just a short walk from Iroon Square and ideal for music lovers. Live performances are scheduled for almost every night of the week, and the music style often varies. Pop and rock is played most frequently, but some nights are dedicated to jazz, with musicians sometimes providing workshops before the jam session begins.
Therion: Guaranteed to play fantastic alternative music, this club is extremely popular among younger crowds. Though relatively small and quite smoky, Therion has a brilliant atmosphere and always delivers a great night out.
7-Times Club: In a great location near the metro station, 7-Times Club is ideal for clubbers open to every kind of music genre. Prepare for a mixture of live and DJ music including rock, international, swing, jazz, funk and sixties.
If you’ve had a night off the drink, you may feel able to explore a little more of Pysrri! There are all sorts of areas to explore, but thankfully nothing too challenging for fragile stomachs.
Music lovers will adore the small record shop selling a huge array of antique treasures, or the punk-fashion store called Remember Fashions just across from Beer-Time. Discover some vintage clothing in a store that has been visited by several famous rock stars.
Several restaurants are dotted around the area and are usually open throughout the day. Some serve more local produce whereas others can give you a taste of home with familiar meat dishes and salads.
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Where to Stay
Pella Inn Hostel – The fantastic central location of this hostel gives guests easy access to public transport as well as some popular nearby attractions. Just a two-minute walk from Monastiraki Square, bars, restaurants, shops and a local flea market are all on the doorstep of Pella Inn Hostel. Plus, they offer the all-important free Wi-Fi.
Cecil Hotel –This hotel has a prime location in the heart of Athens, so there are plenty of bars and clubs just a short distance away. Plus, you can easily cure your hangover since the hotel serves delicious breakfast buffet every morning! It also has its own cocktail bar, so there’s no need to travel far if you can handle another night of boozing.
Evripides Hotel – This modern accommodation offers stylishly-furnished rooms in addition to a well-equipped fitness room and a sauna. There is free Wi-Fi, and the Plaka District and Monastiraki Metro Station are both within short walking distance, providing easy access to the major tourist spots.
How to Get There
Athens International Airport is the best destination to fly to from the UK. There are around 82 flights every week and six airlines fly direct, including Ryanair and British Airways. The flight duration is usually just over three and a half hours, so be sure to take plenty of entertainment for the journey.
From Athens, I would then recommend getting an airport transfer to your accommodation. It is best to pre-book these since this allows you to get going as soon as you land and start your holiday as soon as possible! A transfer from Athens to Psyrri should take just 40 minutes. My personal recommendation is to book with Shuttle Direct – their services is always reliable and there’s never any hassle.
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