The Best Bars in Rhodes, Greece
Oasis Beach Bar is up there with the most atmospheric drinking spots in Rhodes | © Hackenberg-Photo-Cologne / Alamy Stock Photo
Sleek island speakeasies serving cocktails splashed with Rhodian honey and open-air Old Town courtyards draped in bougainvillea make for atmospheric drinking dens on the charming island of Rhodes.
The largest of the distant Dodecanese islands, history-rich Rhodes is known for its buzzy nightlife scene, which swings from breezy-chic beach bars and elegant wine hangouts to dance-until-dawn clubs. Whether you fancy sipping mojitos as the sun sets on a secluded cove, tasting your way through some of the most exciting wines in Greece or hitting the New Town’s party hotspots, here’s our pick of the best bars in Rhodes.
The Last Butler
Bar, Snacks, Greek, $$$
The island’s sleekest speakeasy feels like wandering off into 1920s New York. Leather sofas, moody lighting, bar stools and background jazz bring a vintage feel. Head bartender, Yiannis Morfopos and team, shake and stir creative liquid mixes that resemble works of art. On the seasonally changing menu of crafted cocktails, try a cosmopolitan-style cherry-infused Silent Brook or a fabulously floral Mesmerized, inspired by the Mediterranean’s ancient rose-growing history and with a splash of Rhodian honey.
Restaurant, Bar, Cocktails, $$$
From May to September, outrageously popular restaurant-and-club Alter Ego decamps to a beautiful open-air courtyard in Rhodes’ Old Town. Filled with stone arches, swirling bougainvillea and low-lit corners, the revamped historical building makes a stylish setting for sipping martinis. Elsewhere, the creative Mediterranean-Asian kitchen rolls out fresh sushi, shrimp risotto, grilled octopus and more. The same team is also behind the go-to Old Town cocktail spot Mozaik, just around the corner on Plateia Arionos.
Bar, Snacks, Greek, $$$
DJ-spun night parties, candle-lit decor and fabulous home-conjured cocktails keep things busy at this ultra-chic alfresco bar buried in the thick of Rhodes’ Old Town, just off Plateia Arionos. It occupies what was once a medieval water mill, now reimagined with dangling greenery, tall tables and a lively late-night vibe. The highly original summery cocktails pair perfectly with elegant sushi platters.
Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Wine Bar, Wine, $$$
The romantic wine bar at the adults-only 10GR boutique hotel in Rhodes Old Town stocks over 250 labels from across Greece, including the mainland. Each of Rhodes’ own wineries makes an appearance, from a Tsoukalas sauvignon blanc to a Koukanis assyrtiko. There are old vintages, orange wines and expertly mixed cocktails, too. The elegant setup – in a sensitively converted centuries-old granary – is a delight, as are the small plates showcasing Greek produce. Weekly wine-tasting sessions happen outside the high season, as do visits to veteran Rhodian vineyards.
Oasis Beach Bar
Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, Greek, $$$
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This popular beach bar is built into a series of caves overlooking lovely little rocky Kallithea beach, in northeast Rhodes. Barrels double as tables, sunbeds sit out on the sand under cane umbrellas and jumping-off jetties jut out into the teal bay. It’s loved for its all-night DJ parties and gets lively as the afternoons roll on. Temptations on the cocktail menu include just-mixed mojitos and fruity piña coladas or grab a chilled frappé coffee for something more sedate.
One of the most beautifully located beach bars in Rhodes, Tambakio is curled into Agios Pavlos Beach (St Paul’s Bay), just south of Lindos village on the island’s east coast. Grab a sun lounger under a straw-hair umbrella, a Bali-style day bed or a waterside table surrounded by rattan lamps, all overlooking the bay. There’s an all-day modern Mediterranean menu for grazing through Greek mezze platters, feta-and-watermelon salads and other local deliciousness.
Bar, Cocktails, $$$
Down by the water on Elli Beach, bordering Rhodes’ New Town, a protected 1930s bathhouse now hosts easy breezy beach bar, Ronda. Candle-lit lanterns, macramé umbrellas and driftwood decor create a glam tiki-bar vibe and sun loungers trickle out onto the silvery sand. Kick back with a bottle of white Hatzimichalis malagousia wine from central Greece and, if you fancy, settle in for a seafood lunch showcasing the day’s catch (from grilled fish to fresh
sushi). Stylish Old Town cocktail bar Soho is from the same switched-on team.
Cafe, Bar, Cocktails, $$$
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This delightful Old Town cafe bar is tucked away opposite the Ibrahim Pasha mosque, with distressed-wood furniture on the terrace, mellow beats and a stone-walled, old-world interior. Stop by for a freshly mixed mojito or a jug of house wine after wandering the maze-like surrounding streets, or drop in on one of the regular live-music nights.
L’Eternel French Bar
Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar, Wine, $$$
A taste of France comes to Rhodes Town at this ultra-chic wine-and-cocktail bar styled with whitewashed walls, swing chairs and original artwork. Innovative cocktails such as the signature Noemie – a blend of vodka, apricot liqueur, pineapple and cranberry – are served on the roof terrace overlooking the Old Town, or out in the hidden courtyard. Or pick from the exclusively French and Greek wine labels (perhaps a Bordeaux, or a Peloponnese moschofilero white), paired with local cheeses.
Bar, Snacks, Greek, $$$
There’s a refreshing splash of tropical Hawaii-inspired fun at this beloved Old Town bar-cum-club, where palms dot the terrace and the punchy cocktails burst with fresh fruit. Among the industrial-chic backdrop, order up a signature She Salt (a lemongrass-infused rum number, with pineapple and coconut) or a strawberry and thyme negroni. There are also iced coffees and just-squeezed juices earlier on, along with home-baked pizzas, artisan burgers, light-as-a-feather Vietnamese rolls and other street food-style bites.
This is a rewrite of an article originally written by Evangelos Tsirmpas.
These recommendations were updated on October 1, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.