The Best Bars in Ithaca, Greece

Stunning Ithaca is home to many fantastic bars and cafes
Stunning Ithaca is home to many fantastic bars and cafes | © Hercules Milas / Alamy Stock Photo
Anna Kambourakis

The best thing about the nightlife in Ithaca, Greece is that it doesn’t wait until nightfall to get going. A lot of the bars are open all day too. Whatever your bag you’ll find vibes to suit you, from sophisticated and upscale to boho and fun. The bars and cafes are clustered into two main areas, Vathy and Kioni. Give them all a try and we guarantee you’ll make a whole load of new friends along the way.

1. To Katoi tou Lala

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Here’s a classic bar in the heart of Vathy, always worth rocking up at for a cocktail or beer. It’s one of the oldest on the island and has long set the tone for the nightlife in the area. The music varies from rock to pop but is always upbeat and fun. The bartenders are experienced and engaging, and serve up drinks to match all tastes. Be sure to go inside to see the endless photos displayed of people’s summer holidays through the years.

2. Rozes

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Friendly bartenders? Check. Live music? Check. Perfectly executed cocktails? Check. You go into Rozes in Vathy as a customer and leave with a brand-new group of pals. The atmosphere is exactly what you want from island life: chilled out and radiating positive vibes. The bartenders are always smiling and invariably grooving to the music while serving up creative cocktails. In a nutshell, Rozes is an absolute must while you’re visiting Ithaca.

3. Spavento Cafe Bar

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If you’re on holiday in Ithaca when a big game is on and you don’t want to miss it, make a date with Spavento, on the harbour in Kioni. Grab an ice-cold beer and settle in for the match, which unravels on a big screen with a crowd of local residents glued to the action. It’s a colourful place that’s open all day – for that matter, all year round. The owner has great taste in music and sets the tone for a leisurely island day. And if you’re sailing through, you can dock metres away.

5. Cafe del Sol

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This all-day cafe and bar is a terrific place to visit after a day at the beach. Located on the harbourside of Vathy, Cafe del Sol does a refreshing line in cold beer, spirit-laced stronger stuff, wine, and snacks and nibbles to accompany them. It’s a very popular steki – as they call a local spot – to get a feel of what island life is like for residents. Settle in and order an Aperol spritz or mojito. Now simply bask in the watery view as you drift off, people-watching.

6. Lizzy's Rooftop

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The rooftop bar at Lizzy’s brings you that much closer to the shifting moods and colours of the Ionian sky. The sophisticated but not stuffy terrace is at the heart of this elegant bar in Kioni bay. They have a wide selection of premium wines and delicious cocktails to choose from, and the atmosphere is quite romantic. Come with a special person – the soft live music in the background, while you watch the sunset over the bay, will make you fall in love all over again.

7. Parathinalos

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While bar-hopping in Vathy, you must stop in Parathinalos. It’s a casual and comfortable bar with great music and an inviting atmosphere just steps away from the sea. They have a large selection of beers from all over the world to work your way through during your holiday. The cocktails range from classic such as gin fizz to more creative – and dizzying – ones featuring all the colours of the rainbow. The bartenders are eager to create something unique for you – helping to make Parathinalos a lot of fun.

8. Piccolo Coffee and More

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The quaintest cafe and bar in Kioni deals in coffee and breakfast during the day and cocktails into the evening. It is owned and operated by a friendly couple who make delicious tiki creations and the perfect Aperol spritz. The sound of the sea and the smell of the maritime air create a tranquil atmosphere that lulls everyone. Order the crispest, coldest bottle of white wine they have and toast the remains of a perfect day as the yachts come in and out of the harbour.

9. Avli Cafe Bar

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For the best mojitos on the island, head over to Avli. It’s a small, narrow spot in the heart of Vathy with fantastic views. It’s a favourite among the young residents of the island, and their youthful energy resonates in the upbeat music, positive vibe and fun atmosphere at Avli. The staff are very hospitable and create a friendly environment for visitors and locals alike. If you’re hungry, their kitchen has great snack food.

Looking for somewhere to stay in Greece? Then, check out our recommendations of the best hotels in Skyros, or the best luxury hotels in Corfu. These are bookable through Culture Trip. During your stay, explore the top 10 things to see and do in Corfu, or relax on the most beautiful beaches in Paxos. Make sure you book a table at at least one of the 10 best restaurants in Corfu, to sample some delicious Greek dishes.

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