Plaka is not as it is today, a place full of tourists. 

First of all it was Anafiotika, as special houses, under the Acropolis. Athens was living its after the WWII period, where during Junta, the real estate contractors and constructors were preparing in order to built the capital. 

In terms of art, there were no galleries and souvenirs, but rock clubs, and music night life all over the area. After 1963-4, the effect of the British music movement reached Athens and it stopped in Plaka. 

Small places became the matrix of modern Greek music, with- we dare to say- an international impact. The famous Vangelis (1949-2022) started in 1964 with his band, Forminx. Eric Clapton (!!!) played in Athens with a nickname, Angelo Mysteriogo, so as not to have a problem with his record company, with the band “Juniors“. 

The first Boites of Athens 

So during 1960’s, the Athenian youth was in Plaka, in so-called “buats“, from french boite, that means box, boite de nuit. They were named from this french word because of Giannis Spanos, a Greek artist who had just arrived from Paris. So “buats”, as pronounced in Greek “μπουάτ” became a symbol of artistic expression, freedom and entertainment in the city. 

The main boites were:  

Tipoukitos, 1961, in Nikodimou

Ledra, Kekropos 12, where Jimmy Panousis (1954-2018) played firstly, 

11, at Kydathineon 11

Esperides, opened in 1964, closed in 2004, in Tholou. 

Sofita, in Mnisikleous 29. 

Apanemia, Tholou 4, Opened in 1963. Before it is said to have been a brothel, during German occupation of Athens. 

Zoom, in Kydathineon 39, 

Tiffanys, Adrianou 134, 

Trip, Lysiou 8, latter name Odysseia, the first USA station in Athens, Mick Jagger visited the place at 1976-77. 

Maimou, Mnisikleous, 

Folk 17, Kivotos, the latter name was Nefeles, Symposio, 1963, Roulota, Voulis, And some more. Steki tou Gianni, Themelio, Diagonios Karyatis, Tetradio, Tavania, Katakomvi, Paraga, Avlaia, Skorpios, Hriso Klidi. 

The famous Beatles also came here during their visit to Athens, in Apanemia. 

All this movement was called as the New Wave in Greek music, from nouvelle vague. Many artists as Hatzidakis first played here in Plaka.

It was a period of protest for youth and here it was its center. Students were coming here after riots. This period lasted for two decades, around 1980’s there were protests from noise and fights that took place in the area. 

Athens’ mayor Antonis Tritsis (1937-1992) during his short period in office (1991-1992) stopped the usage of places in Plaka for night clubs. Since then Plaka became a quiet place that anybody can notice today.