Small yet mighty Sifnos packs a lot within its shores. You’ll find some of Greece’s cleanest beaches, endless juniper-covered hills and over 360 whitewashed churches to explore. But, if you’re looking for something a little sinful – sit back and be serenaded in the port of Kamares, climb to the rooftop bars in tiered capital, Apollonia, or dance the night away in beachside Platis Yialos. Whatever your vibe, you’ll wish the Cycladic night would never end in some of the best bars in Sifnos, Greece.
Even closer to the Kamares jetty is the Old Captain, a Sifnos stalwart where you may find a sailor or two hanging their hat over the pirate-themed bar. It’s got a sense of humour – try the tingly red grape concoction, which is served in a busty figurehead glass with a steering-wheel stirrer. Even without the booze, you’ll find nights here are great fun: the Old Captain stays open until 3am and regular live music gets everybody – including the staff – dancing a jig.
This Cuba-crazy joint in the fortress town of Kastro is eccentric, to say the least – countless Havana Club bottles spill out from behind the bar, which is manned by multiple Che Guevara icons and the bearded owner, also nicknamed Che. He’s been running the place for as long as Kastro can remember and whips up a variety of Caribbean cocktails: you can’t go wrong with a whole-sprig minty mojito while overlooking the Mamma Mia-esque Chapel of the Seven Martyrs.
On the southern coast of Sifnos is Platis Yialos, a sheltered cove with an arch of golden sand. Lost Bay blends into its seaside environment perfectly, with nautical cocktails forming part of the 200-drink menu, curated by a world championship bartender. Not sure what to choose? Try the Pirate Queen – a tarty grenadine, vodka and lime cocktail with a tweezered-on hibiscus garnish. If you need more time to get through Lost Bay’s extensive menu, no fear: they host beach party nights that go until the small hours.
For more of Sifnos, check out the local attractions before booking a stay at a Sifnos hotel on Culture Trip. If you feel like exploring beyond Sifnos, there are plenty of things to see and do on the nearby island of Serifos, as well as a great range of hotels. If you’re after a top dining experience, head to Athens and discover some authentic cuisine.