The elegant island of Santorini, one of the most popular destinations in Greece -and the whole world- gathers all the praised qualities of the Greek islands and then some. One of them is the vibrant nightlife the visitors from all across the world get delighted with, offering a divergent selection of bars and clubs to cater to all tastes and preferences. Below you’ll find a guide on how to spend your night in Santorini if you want to have an authentic Greek nightlife experience on this majestic island!
As with every other Greek destination, the fun starts after the clock strikes twelve and continues into the early morning hours. However, if a relaxed drink is what you’re after, you will find a number of cocktail bars open from the afternoon. If you want to experience Santorini’s nightlife like a local, you can do both; begin with a drink in a lounge bar and continue with a visit to one of Santorini’s nightclubs for dancing. Conveniently, Fira, the capital of Santorini, is where all the local hotspots can be found, eliminating all the trouble of transportation.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic chill-out spot, the best drinks in town, or the most fun nightclub, check out below the best in every category!
The best cocktail bars
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PK (Palia Kameni) Cocktail Bar
Old in the game, as it counts 43 years of life, PK Cocktail Bar is a family-run business that is known among the locals for having delicious cocktails, while its location offers its visitors a magnificent view of the island, the famous volcano of Fira, and the Aegean sea. The bar is housed in a whitewashed building that matches the Cycladic aesthetic of the island and spreads across 3 stories, perched on the edge of Santorini's caldera.
Tango Champagne and Cocktail Bar
A bit on the posh side, as you’ve probably guessed by the placement od the word ‘Champagne’ on its name, Tango Champagne and Cocktail bar is a sophisticated and incredibly romantic bar in Fira. Built on the caldera cliffs, it is one of the best spots on the island to catch the sunset; just make sure to bring a jacket with you as it gets windy, and you’re about to be charmed by Tangos unmatched beauty.
Perfect for a romantic drink for lovebirds, Tropical Bar is once again located at the edge of the caldera, offering amazing views and a relaxed vibe that will make you feel right at home. Its rime position makes it perfect for people-watching as visitors from across the world gather there to snap pictures of one of Santorini’s famous golden sunset sunsets.
Local wine in Santorini - credits: Songquan Deng/Shutterstock.com
MoMix Cocktail Bar
One of the most unique offerings of the island, MoMix Cocktail bar will delight all of the science geeks out there with its outrageous cocktails. With a name that stands for ‘Molecular Mixology’, don’t be surprised if your cocktail is fuming while being served to you. A truly extraordinary experience, you should definitely visit MoMix if you want to stray from the conventional cocktail bars and indulge in something a bit more fun.
Casablanca Lounge Cocktail Bar
Apart from its incredible name, Casablanca Lounge Cocktail Bar, a staple in Santorini’s nightlife is known for its mouthwatering cocktails and excellent choice in music, playing house and soulful music all night long. It was voted as one of ‘the best 25 bars/clubs in Europe’ by the Guardian and lives up to its name to the fullest. During the off-season months, the entrance to the bar is free, however, during the high-season months, the entrance fee climbs from 8 to 16 euros, depending on the event it hosts on the particular night, which includes a drink of your choice.
Kira Thira Jazz Bar
A personal favorite, this adorably small yet cozy bar should be on the top of your bucket list for Santorini. Kira Thira Jazz Bar already counts approximately 30 years of accomplishment and has been entertaining its visitors not only with Jazz tunes, but with Latin, ethnic, and African music as well. Its specialty drink is its homemade Sangria, which is so delicious that you’ll need to pace yourself in order to not drink it all in one go. Due to its small size and popularity, it gets really busy, but don’t let that deter you from visiting! If you’re lucky, you might even catch a live gig!
Crystal Lounge Bar
According to its website, Crystal Lounge Bar has a ‘Lounge atmosphere and friendly environment with a stunning view over Santorini's magic Caldera’ and we couldn’t agree more! Offering a balcony to enjoy the stunning view from and an impressive variety of drinks, its laid-back atmosphere, and friendly staff make it perfect for those days that you want to do the bare minimum, but still, enjoy yourself! Enjoy
Despite looking like the average Santorinian bar located at the top of a cliff of the caldera, Franco’s Bar is quite unique, especially in regard to its music choices. With classical music serving as the perfect background to a Santorini sunset, Franco’s bar creates a magical atmosphere and promises its visitors an unparalleled experience. A cult-classic and definite must-visit in Santorini’s nightlife, its picturesque balcony, friendly staff, and delectable menu offerings, make it the place to be!
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No list of Santorini’s bars would be complete without a mention of Murphy’s Saloon. Murphy’s Saloon in Santorini was established 20 years ago, back in 1999, and has since dominated the nightlife of Santorini with its excellent music that varies across all genres of music depending on the day and hour, and its impeccable aesthetic, evident in the eccentric decoration. All of the drinks Murphy’s Saloon offers are of top quality, however, its most impressive element is its wide selection of the world’s best beers. Come in and dance the night away!
The best nightclubs
Arguably the most popular club in Santorini, Koo club is beautifully diverse and diversely beautiful. It consists of three separate bars that have all come together under the same roof to accommodate the needs of all customers, with the dance floor being its busiest spot; if you’re up to get down with the beat, Koo is the place for you! If however, you’re in the mood for something a bit more atmospheric, then the tropical patio with its lush plushy sofas will put a smile on your face. The music begins with electronic, mainstream and RnB tunes, to turn into Greek pop in the early morning hours, so you’re bound to listen to something you like at one point or another. What’s there not to love?
Just a tad bit tamer and with a scenic balcony that serves as a relaxing hub in the midst of the dancing fever, Enigma club, a solid nightlife choice in Santorini for many years now, offering great drinks, upbeat music and a party vibe that you’re sure to appreciate. A must if you’re seeking to party big time in Santorini, don’t miss the opportunity to visit it and mingle with the locals.
Maybe the most intense of Sanrotini’s nightclubs and the most popular for tourists, Town Club is everything you’re looking for in a typical night club; acclaimed DJs, high-quality drinks and lots of dancing! The club hosts a number of special events from time to time so make sure to check if one is taking place during your visit to the island. Visit Town Club only if you’re ready for some wild partying until the sun comes out and as with all Greek clubs, don’t bother going until after 1 am unless you’re into sweeping floors!
With an abundance of delectable cocktails, a variety of enjoyable music and with views that will leave you breathless, Santorini’s nightlife is an experience you must gain during your trip to the island. Even if you’re not a party animal, there are plenty of enjoyable choices for you that will make your trip memorable. No great story starts with ‘So, I slept at 9 pm..’!