Find yourself wandering the cobbled streets of Skiathos in need of libation? Luckily, this pine-covered island in the Sporades has bars, clubs and pubs suited to every vibe. Whether you’re looking for a slice of Ibiza or just want to chill with a cocktail and a view, Skiathos has you covered. Begin in buzzing Skiathos town, then recover at one of the laid-back, all-day beach bars popular with locals and visitors.
Like Dan & Zoe’s, this steampunky venue opposite the Papadiamantis House Museum is renowned for incredible live music. Electrifying acts perform indie covers of popular tracks to a mixed audience of locals and visitors, so expect to dance, chat and sing until 4am. To keep you going, open the Tesla’s Secret Cocktail Experiments binder menu and take your pick of characterful cocktails – the Saketini combines sake with pungent rock samphire, foraged in the seas around Skiathos.
Turquoise Vromolimnos Beach is nestled on Skiathos’ south coast, and Porto Paradiso is its worst-kept secret. The friendly restaurant and beach bar is somewhere you could easily spend all day. Take an ice-cold frappe in the morning to get your day going the Greek way, before moving on to a cool bottle of white malagousia wine. A glass of the peachy, oak-fermented nectar might give you the courage to join the on-site aqua-aerobics and volleyball matches with your fellow patrons.
La Bussola is the bar to which travellers in Koukounaries resort can’t stop returning. Test your tolerance for heat with the mango margaritas – the citrussy cocktail is sprinkled with salt and dried bird’s eye chilli – but beware, the owners are generous with their shots. Come for the cocktails, stay for Akis and Eleni: their warm smiles and encyclopaedic knowledge of things to do on Skiathos will really make your holiday one to remember.