Nightlife on the pine-scented Ionian island of Paxos revolves around mellow lounge bars, lively family-owned restaurants, low-key cocktail spots and fun-filled beach or boat parties. Settle in for an evening of live-music at a waterside taverna with a bottle of sought-after Antipaxos wine, sip crafted cocktails on a late-night terrace or spend the day sampling Greek spirits on beachfront sun loungers with our guide to the best places to grab a drink.
Perched right by the waves on lovely Mongonissi bay, off the southern tip of Paxos, this is an intimate, feel-good lounge bar-restaurant with a wonderful Greek-Italian kitchen. Sit on the seaside deck, where the yachtie crowd pulls up, with a fresh mojito or a glass of mainland rosé, and you’ll inevitably end up settling in for a leisurely lunch – lobster tagliatelle, glammed-up Greek salads, octopus souvlaki and superb pizzas.
Hugging the harbour in pretty Loggos, on the northeast coast, Taxidi was born in the 1980s and is known for having a vibey waterfront terrace where musicians strike up traditional beats in the evenings. Seasonal fresh fruit juices are blended into super cocktails, best enjoyed while lazing in a deck chair and ogling the views across the turquoise waves and olive-covered hillside. You can also pop in for breakfasts of homemade granola with Greek yoghurt and local honey, or eggs sourced straight from the island.
Seriani is an intimate pub-bar down a dinky alleyway near Lakka Harbour. It was opened in 1984 by Sharon and Toolis, and is now the only pub on the island where you can get a glass of draught beer brewed by the Corfu microbrewery. Inside you’ll find a TV on the wall, for when the football’s on, while outside is seating in the alley.