Want to go partying in Greece?! Then these 13 best party islands in Greece should be at the top of your list of places to visit for the best nightlife in Greece!
I have to admit that Greece certainly exceeded all our expectations and it’s probably why it’s still our all-time favourite travel destination of all!
Known for its historical ruins and Grecian landmarks, delicious local foods, traditional Greek drinks, stunning architecture, and of course, the gorgeous dreamy Greek islands that are just as beautiful, if not more, than what you imagine them to be.
But, apart from all these top reasons to visit Greece, you may want to add partying to that list too, considering that the vibrant Greece nightlife scene is well and truly alive.
Athens isn’t the only place to go for a Greek partying experience though – there are numerous best Greek party islands that also host clubs and events that run well into the night.
Once you’re done with sightseeing or sunbathing along the Aegean coast it’s time to hit the streets and soak up the best of Greece’s nightlife. No matter what Greek island you choose to visit, there are a number of vibrant bars and clubs to experience.
If partying up a storm in Greece sounds appealing to you, then read on to learn more about these 13 best party islands in Greece so you where to go to experience the best nightlife in Greece!
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13 Best Party Islands in Greece:
Mykonos – Most Well-Known Party Island in Greece
The island of Mykonos is considered the Ibiza of Greece and is probably the most famous party island in Greece. This island in the Cyclades not only has beautiful beaches but is also home to many prominent clubs and bars.
There is always a party to be found on Mykonos, whether it’s a beach bar directly on the beach or a DJ playing in a club, Mykonos attracts fun-seekers and A-list celebrities alike. Regardless if you’re looking for a cosmopolitan experience or something low-key, Mykonos has something for everyone.
One of the most popular and famous spots is the Paradise Club. Boasting a swimming pool and multiple stages to host entertainment, Paradise Club is known to throw some of the best parties in the Aegean.
Don’t be intimidated by the sophistication that Mykonos offers. The island accepts everyone and has just as many casual spots to have a few drinks and hit the dance floor. The island and its nightlife is also LGBTQ+ friendly and is without a doubt one of the best party destinations in Greece for LGBTQ+ travellers.
Top Tip: The added advantage of course is that Mykonos is easily accessible from Athens by either ferry or flight. Be sure to check out our post on how you can travel between Athens and Mykonos, and don’t miss out on booking one of these stunning Mykonos Airbnb and self-serviced apartments for your stay.
When you think of Santorini, your mind might not jump to the nightlife right away. Instead, you’re likely to think about the dramatic cliffside landscapes, stunning sunsets and caldera views. It’s no wonder that so many regards the island as the perfect Greek honeymoon escape.
But, Santorini isn’t a one-note destination, there are tons of other reasons to visit beautiful Santorini, one of them being the thriving nightlife scene to be found in Santorini.
Fira is the home of many bars and clubs where the night passes you by in a flash and is the epicentre of the nightlife in Santorini. Enigma Club is a popular spot for the locals because it is open in the off-season. If you decide to go to Santorini in the winter, this is where you’ll find locals.
One of the most famous clubs in Santorini, Koo, has a packed dancefloor and indoor and outdoor bars – four in total. The music is a mix of R&B, EDM, and Greek music, so there will always be something to dance to.
On the southern edge of the island sits Theros Wave Bar; it’s tucked into the volcanic cliffs if you’re looking for something more isolated. It’s a romantic spot, and you’ll be able to enjoy cocktails well into the night.
When we visited, we spent 3 days in Santorini and believe this to be the perfect amount of time to enjoy all the highlights and nightlife that the island has to offer.
Need to plan your trip to Santorini? Read our guides outlining how to travel from Athens to Santorini, and from Mykonos to Santorini, as well as the best Santorini Airbnbs you may want to consider booking for your stay!
Crete, Greece Nightlife
Crete is overall one of the most popular and largest Greek islands offering a range of experiences and sights for everyone. From the impressive landmarks such as the Knossos palace complex to the stunning Cretian beaches and other top things to do in Chania, Heraklion, and other parts of the island, you won’t get bored that easily.
The island is also sectioned off well, so there is a cluster of nightlife spots in primary places: Malia and Hersonissos.
Malia draws in a lot of the younger demographic. With their love of a fun time, the town is full of opportunities to party and let go. Here, day drinking is encouraged, and when night falls, APOLLO – one of the most popular bars – fills up quickly.
Hersonissos is the home of many beach clubs and is also popular among the younger crowd. And while Malia and Hersonissos are the big party centres, other spots, including Heraklion and Chania also offer great options that usually appeal to and attracts an older demographic.
Corfu – Where to Party in Corfu
One of the larger islands in Greece, Corfu is a popular getaway destination, so there are many nightlife options to choose from. Close to the border of Greece and Albania, Corfu has a different energy than some of the other Greek islands.
In the towns of Kavos and Ipsos, you can find your familiar clubs and bars. But these two towns are also known to throw paint or powder parties. Kovas is at the centre of the best nightlife in Corfu, where you will find the all-night bar, Atlantis.
The Old Town of Corfu sees a lot of daytime traffic for its rich history, but it’s also another place to find thriving nightlife. It’s considered to be more sophisticated than Kavos or Ipsos and is home to Naok Azur, which transforms from a restaurant into a club late at night.
The island of Corfu is full of resorts, beaches, and fun daytime activities that make it a popular family destination. So, the nightlife is enjoyed by a diverse range of people making Corfu another of the best party places in Greece!
Hydra is an island that differs from other islands in its nightlife. They take the condensed approach and have far fewer but more diverse nightlife options available conveniently located within close proximity to each other.
Its design is meant to encourage movement between the bars and clubs as your night goes on. You start at one bar and, since they’re all within walking distance, you can travel between them as you wish. It’s located on the pier, and it becomes one giant party between all the establishments.
You can get cocktails at the Pirate, stop by Alamour for dinner and drinks and dance at Papagalos. Resident DJs play their own mix of music at each venue, and sometimes live musicians grace the stage.
Given the relatively small size of the island, the nightlife on offer will likely not attract the number of tourists that other islands do. So, you can take advantage of the benefits of small scale nightlife without the crowds.
Naxos – Where to Party in Greece
Naxos is a Cycladic Greek island that is pretty large, in fact, it is the largest island in the Cyclades, but is still little known compared to many other more popular islands. Regardless, as more and more people explore this gorgeous Greek isle that boasts a myriad of beautiful Naxos beaches, they’re also discovering that Naxos has a nightlife that keeps the energy going well after the sun sets on the beaches.
If you’re looking for something unique, Swing Cocktail Bar in Naxos Town is the only molecular cocktail bar on the Cyclades islands. It’s the home of inventive cocktails, and you’ll want to try every colourful option.
You’ll have a good time at Dome Lounge Bar in Naxos Town too. It attracts a younger crowd with all-night parties and live music. It boasts a candlelit interior, offering an air of romance or a dark party feel. Naxos Town is home to many other popular places and some hidden gems to enjoy too, making this island yet another best place in Greece for nightlife!
Just northwest of Ios is the island of Paros. It’s a three-hour ferry ride away from Athens and is a popular spot to get away from the city. It’s trendy among university students and other young people (or for the young at heart), definitely another of the best Greek islands for partying.
A lot of the nightlife is set between the villages of Parikia and Naoussa. You’ll find tons of bars and clubs, including Pounda Beach, which attracts some prominent DJs, and big crowds. The Linardo club is also in a prime area overlooking the harbour with a lot to offer.
Paros also has themed bars and clubs for those that are looking for an Irish pub or dance club. Whether you’re seeking particular drinks or particular music, the island of Paros definitely has it all.
Zakynthos – Greek Party Islands
Zakynthos (also called Zante) is an Ionian island that boasts excellent nightlife. The island has a couple of main nightlife hubs: Laganas and Tsilivi.
Found on the northwest side of the island, Tsilivi is a resort near the main town with its share of dance clubs and bars. There are a number of beach clubs so the party can be outdoors. Lagnas is near the southwest portion of the island and is incredibly popular and known for the wildest parties on the island. It attracts a typically younger crowd for its foam parties and late nights.
If you want to party out on the water, boat parties are common at both destinations. You can take a mini-cruise across the gorgeous Aegean sea and enjoy the views as you dance and drink the time away.
Another island in the Cyclades, Ios, is known for being a very laid-back place. But that doesn’t mean that the island’s nightlife is boring.
It’s nestled between the islands of Naxos and Santorini and can only be reached by ferry. In the summer, people flock to the island to take to its beaches during the day and its parties at night.
A popular party area, Mylopotas, is the perfect place to swim and sunbathe in the day, but come nightfall, it comes to life. Chora also has a host of bars and nightclubs to enjoy, or you can go to a full moon party on the beach.
This Greek party island is wilder and caters to a different crowd than the glitzier Mykonos. The nightlife in Ios is centred around music; whether it’s classic hits from the ’70s or today’s Top 40, there is always something to dance to here.
Rhodes, Greece Nightlife
The fourth-largest Greek Island, Rhodes has everything from stunning landscapes, over 40 gorgeous Rhodes beaches, stunning traditional Greek villages and modern resorts. No wonder then, when it comes to the nightlife, Rhodes doesn’t disappoint either.
Faliraki is where you want to be when the sun goes down. There are seemingly endless bars and clubs lining the span of the 5-kilometre beach. This area also offers party cruises, where you can sail out to sea to party to your heart’s content.
Rhodes Town also offers nightlife in the form of beach clubs that are a little more subdued. The stylish Paradiso Club offers cocktails and dancing, with views of the sea to top it off.
Considered one of the wildest islands of the Dodecanese, Kos has a lot of nightlife to offer. The island’s nightlife tailors to many different tastes and budgets, so no one must worry about anything being too elitist.
Kos Town offers jazz bars, EDM lounges, and karaoke options for whatever your endless entertainment. Most of the nightlife is concentrated in two blocks in the main town, but surrounding resorts have partying options around the island too.
Kos is definitely a popular travel destination for tourists visiting and planning a party in Greece, so if you’re staying at the resorts in Tigahi, Kardamena, or Agios Stefanos, you’ll get to experience some of the best Greek nightlife there is including summer beach raves.
Skiathos – Party Islands in Greece
The island of Skiathos is the filming location for the film Mamma Mia which caused a surge of popularity among travellers. It’s one of the busiest islands in the Sporades and is a favourite to those seeking great Greek nightlife.
The main old town (Chora) takes up much of the island’s space. A lot of the nightlife is centred along Polytechnious Street near the harbour, where bars and clubs are located. Most clubs in Skiathos don’t even open until midnight, so the party runs well into the morning.
If you’re craving some British rock from the ‘60s, Admiral Benbow is a popular favourite that plays more retro music. It’s a far cry from the EDM of most Greek parties, so it’s a more laid back option.
Last but not least on our list of the best Greek party islands is the island of Lefkada, home to many bars and nightclubs to choose from during your stay. Clubs don’t open their doors until midnight, and the party carries through to the early hours of the morning.
At the Capital, people are pulled into the music, from mainstream Greek to pop music, you’ll no doubt want to dance all through the night until sunrise.
Nydri is the resort town on the island, which attracts visitors and locals for its prominent nightlife scene. There are sophisticated and glamourous clubs with dress codes and an elegant atmosphere. You can party all night with custom cocktails and high levels of service.
By contrast, you can also find many casual beach clubs that host beach parties open to everyone. If all you need is some good music and a tasty drink, you will undoubtedly find a bar in Nydri that ticks all the boxes.
Whether you’re looking to island-hop in Greece or settle into an extended stay on one or two select islands, there is always excellent Greek island nightlife just around the corner, to suit anyone’s taste.
Sophisticated, casual, romantic, or playful, you’ll find an atmosphere that will fit what you’re looking for on one of the many beautiful Greek party islands.
Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini are the more well-known party islands in Greece that offer a lot by way of nighttime entertainment but don’t discount the smaller islands. The nightlife in Corfu, Ios, Kos, or Zakynthos can be just as fun, wild, and as memorable as the bigger islands.