People dancing in a Greek Club

The Top 5 Greek Islands for The Best Nightlife

27 Jan 2019 By Ellie Roddy
People dancing in a Greek Club

This country is comprised of hundreds of islands, each one offering something unique to holidaymakers. Among them are those renowned for a party atmosphere. It’s in these corners of Greece that you’ll find neon-lit bars and pulsating nightclubs tempting tourists in with drinks promotions, world-famous DJs and themed events.

Whether you’re on holiday with your best friends or significant other, if sipping colourful cocktails and dancing into the early hours of the morning is a priority, you need to make sure you book your flights to the right resort.

While you’ll find bars and clubs across many of the islands, here are the top 5 Greek Islands for nightlife.


The nightlife on this island in the Cyclades takes place at beach bars rather than clubs – although there are several. Mykonos has been referred to as the ‘Ibiza of Greece’ and is a popular destination with celebrities.

Where is the party? Mykonos Town – particularly around Paradise Beach.

What to expect: Partying in Mykonos is both classy and stylish, which is why it attracts so many A-listers. The world’s most famous DJs perform at open-air parties and cocktail bars. Many crank up the music in the afternoon and continue right through to the early hours.

The best bars and clubs:

  • Cavo Paradiso
  • Tropicana Beach Bar & Restaurant
  • Super Paradise Beach Club
  • Paradise Beach Club

2. Crete

Make your way to the east coast of the island during July and August to discover the best nightlife in Crete. It’s a popular destination for Club 18-30 as well as stag and hen parties.

Where is the party? Malia – the best clubs line Beach Road

What to expect: Partygoers sip on fishbowls, taking advantage of the drinks promotions to get 2-for-1 offers or free shots. Themed nights are popular, including foam parties and silent discos.

DJs provide the music from when the clubs open around midnight until they close between 4 and 6am. If this is too early, head to Petrino’s – a 24-hour bar where you can continue the party for as long as you want.

The best bars and clubs:

  • Candy Club
  • Banana Club
  • Zig Zags
  • Jumpin Jaks

3. Zante

Visit Zante to discover one of the most popular and biggest party resorts in the country. It’s home to more than 100 bars and clubs and there is always a lively atmosphere on the beach and out at sea on party boats.

Where is the party? Laganas – around The Strip

What to expect: There is often an entry fee, but this is usually reasonably priced, especially compared to clubs across Europe. There are plenty of drinks promotions to ensure your money goes further, too. Inside the clubs you’ll find international DJs and themed nights. While outside, beach parties continue until the sun comes up.

The best bars and clubs:

  • Rescue Club
  • Zeros
  • Cherry Bay
  • Waikiki Club

4. Ios

This island in the Cyclades has been described as one of the best party islands in the world. It’s incredibly popular among groups of youngsters looking for an all-night party. However, there’s also a quiet side to Ios, if you want to escape the wild nightlife for an evening.

Where is the party? Chora – the island’s capital

What to expect: The party starts on Mylopotas Beach during the afternoon where you can dance with a backdrop of the Aegean before the clubs open at midnight and continue until sunrise.

The best bars and clubs:

  • Disco 69
  • Far Out Beach Club
  • Traffic Bar
  • Slammer Bar

5. Kos

Kos is the liveliest island in the Dodecanese but it tends to be quiet during the day, only coming to life after the sun goes down. When it does, however, it boasts nightlife to rival the other islands.

Where is the party? Kardamena – Bar Street

What to expect: The night gets going slowly, starting with aperitifs in the main square. This is usually cocktails or the more traditional liquor ouzo, accompanied by antipasti. But, from midnight you’ll be dancing until the early hours of the morning. All musical tastes are catered for across a wide selection of bars and clubs.

The best bars and clubs:

  • Downtown Club
  • Cactus Saloon
  • H2O
  • Status Club

So, choose which island you fancy partying at first and don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes…

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