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The Best Bars In Heraklion, Crete

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Heraklion is the largest city on Crete with a rich history, from Minoan civilization to its brave resistance against German invasion, during World War II. Today it’s a tourist hot-spot with the best nightlife on the island. We list the best bars here for a great night out.
Dish interior | Courtesy of Dish Cafe Bar Restaurant
Dish interior | Courtesy of Dish Cafe Bar Restaurant
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Dish Cafe Bar Restaurant

The ultimate Heraklion hotspot is located right in the heart of the city on Agios Titos square. Dish Cafe Bar Restaurant is a favorite local nightlife destination with its amazing local and Mediterranean food and rare whiskey, vodka, liqueur and aperitif labels. The excellent service, the relaxing environment and the selected Greek music also guarantee fun.

Dish Cafe Bar Restaurant, Papagiamali, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, +30 281 022 7118

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Dish nights | Courtesy of Dish Cafe Bar Restaurant
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Almyra Seaside

This bar restaurant has a unique location, right next to the sea on the gulf of Agia Pelagia, west of the city of Heraklion. Chef Petros Kosmadaskis offers unforgettable traditional Greek culinary experiences at decent prices, while the service is friendly and the drinks and the cocktails are excellent (the must-try is the Mai Tai).

Almyra Seaside, Agia Pelagia, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, +30 281 081 1388

Almyra sea views | Courtesy of Almyra
Almyra sea views | Courtesy of Almyra
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Trito

Trito is located on Meramvellou street, close to Agios Titos square, in the heart of Heraklion. It is open from early in the morning until late night and is known for an international playlist, creative cocktails and the art exhibitions held here that regularly refresh the interior.

Trito, 3 Meramvellou street, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, +30 694 484 2085

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The Bitters Bar | Courtesy of The Bitters Bar
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The Bitters Bar

The Bitters Bar is a speakeasy style bar that harks back to the US Prohibition era. Bitters are flavorings distilled with herbs and spices that were initially used for medical reasons, later becoming an ingredient for cocktails such as those served here. The bar is also open from early in the morning for coffee.

The Bitters Bar, Lions Square, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, +30 281 033 3877

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Wets & Drys Speakeasy Bar

The friendly bar is known for its cocktails, served up in the heart of the city of Heaklion on Korai street. Wets & Drys is a speakeasy style bar, with inspirations from the 1920s and ’30s in its design. This includes a love of mixed drinks; try the award-winning Hacienda Botucal cocktail.

Wets & Drys Speakeasy Bar, 7 Korai street, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, +30 281 033 5146

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Stone Cocktail Bar

Three years ago, this minimal and industrial style cocktail bar appeared on Korai square, in the center of Heraklion. Stone’s experienced bartenders prepare classic cocktails like dry martinis, daquiris and mojitos, as well as unique cocktails, such as the Mastiha Sour (based on the traditional Greek drink mastiha) and Ginger Tini (for those attracted to spicy tastes). Don’t hesitate to ask the skillful staff for suggestions or any information about the cocktails.

Stone Cocktail Bar, 14 Korai street, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, +30 694 817 3755

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Almyra interiors | Courtesy of Almyra
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Outopia Cafe Beer

Outopia is an all-rounder of a place, perfect for sweets, snacks but, most importantly, beers. Cozy and warm, it is the preferred haunt of the locals during the cold winter, and equally popular on relaxed summer nights. Outopia’s beer list is varied, with a wide range of different labels that include internationally awarded beers. The drinks are best accompanied by homemade meze dishes such as sausage and French fries.

51 Handakos street, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, +30 281 034 1321