With its roll call of super-starry visitors over the decades – Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis, Barbara Streisand, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor – this Cycladic island may be arid but it drips wealth and glamour. On Mykonos you laze away the days – at funky beach clubs, select hotel pools or remote bays – and live the nights like there’s no tomorrow. Which – don’t worry – there will be, you simply have to rise and repeat. Here are the best bars on Mykonos – from cheap to steep.
Back in Little Venice, where faded pastel facades plunge right into the Mediterranean, this waterfront haven makes for a meditative end to your day at the port. It’s a local family home that’s been opened up to a mellow crowd of visitors, serving porn star martinis and passionfruit mules with a smile, in front of a prime sunset view. You won’t hear the usual clubby house beats played here – DJ Costas loves a bit of 80s rock.
This one is a sultry day-long beach club that turns into a hippie-spirited music bar by night. Unlike its blingy neighbouring competition, this Paraga Beach venue attracts more seasoned Mykonos regulars – late 20s to mid 40s, mostly – who come in time for the sunset ritual: lounging on low sofas on steps down to the sand, listening to live bands and DJ sets. It’s also one of the more affordable ways to experience a beach club on this big-spender’s island – book seats on the sunset terrace around 5pm and buy at least a bottle of wine, as full-on tables means hefty minimum spends.
If you don’t like drinking on an empty stomach, fill your belly with mouthwatering delights at the amazing restaurants on Mykonos before you head out for cocktails and partying at the best nightclubs on the island. Recharge your batteries at the decadent luxury hotels and cosy boutique stays we’ve pre-selected for you, and continue your relaxation programme on the dreamy beaches here.
Evangelos Tsirmpas contributed additional reporting to this article.