Kuzina — High marks for cuisine and even higher marks for atmosphere. Some favorites: braised rib of beef, chicken with veal; zucchini balls stuffed with cheese; and grilled meatballs with sumac pitta bread spearmint yogurt sauce. If you're really hungry, try the rolls filled with sun-dried tomatoes, eggplant, and lamb as an appetizer. Kanella — An interesting mix of clientele shows up here. This modern taverna is moderately priced and a good place to people watch while you eat.
Lithos Restaurant — Fast, outgoing service and exquisite house wine. High marks all the way around. Kouckles Club — If you love comedy and stage performance, you must stop here for nightly cabaret bar and drag shows. Crazy Daisy — A mixed crowd enjoying all kinds of music and dance, assorted food choices, and wine, liquor, coffee, and beer.
Music: 80's until the present day. It's okay boys… you're welcome here as well. Just bring your own date! Bequeer — open on weekends and offering up an awesome drag scene of Athens.
The host new shows every weekend with a team of Athenian drag queens each Friday and Saturday night. Entrance is just 5 euro, which includes a beer. Sodade 2 — After 13 years, it is Athen's most famous gay nightclub. DJ's play several types of music for 2 dance floors. S-cape — In a word: legendary. Go-go dancers, drag shows, DJ's, special events and theme nights.
The Apartment — Only open Friday and Saturday nights, the go-go dancers and shirtless staff make this one of the most popular gay house music venues in Athens. Photo via The Apartment. Shamone — a super stylish club with nice atmosphere, a outdoor chill space and themed nights every week. Alexander Sauna — this is Athens' most popular gay sauna located in the heart of Gazi. Address: Megalou Alexandrou Located in the Omonoia area. Address: Zinonos 4, Athens.
Flex Sauna — this sauna has a variety of facilities including a large steam room, three saunas, jacuzzis, solarium, TV room, dark room, relaxing area and roof garden. Towels and slippers are provided. Address: Polykleitou 6, Athens. Athens Gay Pride — celebrated now for 10 years and takes place in early June. The parade is the highlight of the weekend which takes place Saturday evening. The number in attendance is about 20, and even the mayor of Athens attended in for the first time, a big milestone for the local Athenian LGBT community.
Outview — Held annually in Greece, this is one of the biggest and best European gay film festivals. Films by worldwide lesbians and gays are showcased here much to the delight of their LGBT audience. This is his run. A marathon directory can be found here… very helpful. In many bathhouses particularly those outside the United States , some or all of the rooms are freely available to all patrons.
Some bathhouses have areas designed to facilitate impersonal sex. It is possible to have sex, but not to see with whom. This provides a place to have sex for those who could afford only a locker, and facilitated exhibitionism and voyeurism for those so inclined. Baths often have a porn TV room or snack bar where patrons can recuperate between orgasms.
Some men use the baths as a cheaper alternative to hotels,  despite the limitations of being potentially crowded public venues with only rudimentary rooms and limited or non-existent pass out privileges. These guys will actually call me at home or send me e-mails and we will make a date and we will meet at the baths purely because the sling is there and it's easier and we go for a beer afterwards. I use the bathhouse more as an ancient Greek, Roman social centre and also a fucking centre and a fisting centre as well, and there's a lounge where I can sit and relax with a coffee and a cigarette.
Bathhouses are not always identifiable as such from the outside. Some bathhouses are clearly marked and well lit, others have no marking other than a street address on the door.
Bathhouses sometimes display the rainbow flag , which is commonly flown by businesses to identify themselves as gay-run or gay-friendly. Bathhouses commonly advertise widely in the gay press and sometimes advertise in mainstream newspapers and other media. In Australia began airing possibly the world's first television advertisements for a gay bathhouse when advertisements on commercial television in Melbourne promoted Wet on Wellington , a sauna in Wellington Street , Collingwood. In many countries, being identified in such a sauna was still viewed by the press as scandalous.
In Ireland in November , the Incognito sauna made mainstream press as the gay sauna where a priest had died of a heart attack and two other priests were on hand to help out. On being buzzed in, the customer receives a towel to wear, around the waist and the key for his room or locker. The customer undresses, storing his clothing in the locker provided, and is then free to wander throughout the public areas of the bathhouse, which typically include the amenities of a traditional bathhouse or steambath Picture from the movie Hamam.
Many bathhouses also provide free condoms and lubricant. Homosexualities  emphasized the importance of a towel:. Visiting a downtown gay bath was in many ways like revisiting a high-school gym — everyone wearing the same towel, in the same color, on the same part of the body. There was no status consciousness in the social-stratification sense; the towel or loincloth created a sort of equal-status social group. Bathhouses are usually dimly lit and play music, although an outdoors, enclosed rooftop or pool area is not uncommon.
They are often laid out in a manner that allows or encourages customers to wander throughout the establishment; a space laid out in this way is often referred to as a "maze". Rooms are usually grouped together, as are lockers. Bathhouses are frequently decorated with posters of nude or semi-nude men, and sometimes explicit depictions of sex. It is not uncommon to see pornographic movies playing on wall-mounted televisions throughout the bathhouse. Most men typically just wear the towel provided. According to bathhouse etiquette, it is perfectly acceptable, even friendly, to put one's hand under someone else's towel to feel his penis, which, if well received, is the first step in sexual intimacy.
Some bathhouses permit and others not only permit but encourage total nudity. In some bathhouses nudity is forbidden in the common areas of the establishments. Some men may wear underwear or fetish-wear , but it is unusual for customers to remain fully or even partially dressed in street clothes.
Bare feet are customary, though some men prefer to wear flip flops or sandals , sometimes provided by the establishment, for foot protection. The room or locker key is usually suspended from an elastic band which can be worn around the wrist or ankle. Some bathhouses require customers to purchase yearly memberships and many offer special entry rates to members, students, military, or other groups. Some bathhouses hold occasional "leather", "underwear", or other theme nights. In the s bathhouses began to install "fantasy environments" which simulated erotic situations that would be illegal or dangerous in reality: .
Orgy rooms. Steam rooms and gyms were reminiscent of the cruisy YMCAs, while video rooms recreated the balconies and back rows of movie theaters. Man's Country also offered a. Many bathhouses sell food and drinks, cigarettes, pornography , sex toys , lubricants , and toiletries.
Some bathhouses also provide non-sexual services such as massage and reflexology. Customers who have rented rooms have free access to their room.
Customers who have rooms may leave their room doors open to signal that they are available for sex. An open door can also be an invitation for others to watch or join in sexual activity that is already occurring. When a room is occupied only by a single person, some men will position themselves to suggest what they might like from someone joining them in the room: those who would like to be penetrated anally "bottoms" will sometimes lie face down on the bed with the door open, while those who prefer to penetrate others "tops" or to receive fellatio might lie face up.
In the past, the baths served as community spaces for gay men. Even now, some men choose to go to the baths with their friends even though they may not necessarily have sex with each other. Um, but you know, that's because I guess it was a smaller city and people generally knew each other. In this highly sexualized environment a look or nod is frequently enough to express interest.
A shake of the head, or pushing away the other's hand, means that the attention is not welcomed. There's also been times when I actually just had to say to them to fuck off.
Some establishments allow or encourage sex in specific group sex areas. In some jurisdictions such activity is prohibited, and sex must be confined to private rooms. Some forbid sex in pools for hygiene reasons.
In the United Kingdom, the requirement is often set by the local authority's Environmental Health department. From the mids onward there was lobbying against gay bathhouses blaming them for being a focus of infection encouraging the spread of sexually transmitted diseases STDs , in particular HIV , and this forced their closure in some jurisdictions see Legal issues, below.
However, proponents of bathhouses point out that closing these facilities does not prevent people from engaging in unsafe sex. In some countries bathhouses are prohibited from selling alcohol.