The Best Bars on Mykonos, Greece

The party never stops on Mykonos thanks to these top bars on the island
The party never stops on Mykonos thanks to these top bars on the island | © Natallia Pershaj / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

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.

Alley Bar

In the bar-speckled back streets of Mykonos Town, this unassuming whitewashed corner house has informal cushioned benches and wicker stools to perch on outside. There’s a postcard-perfect sliver of sea view at the end of the alley, framed by white walls on either side, and the drinks are excellent. This is not just a bar that does cocktails, it is emphatically a cocktail bar – with love and thought put into its punches and martinis, often infused with Greek spirits such as ouzo or mastiha, and herbs such as basil and mint. It’s also an atmospheric spot for a coffee in the daytime.

Jackie O’

This swish spot overlooks the luminous, turquoise half-moon of Super Paradise Beach – an icon of Mykonos’s upmarket bar and club scene. Fanned around a glam pool on the clifftop, a jumble of sea-view tables and coal-black sofas attract a jet-set crowd of loungers and cork-poppers, sipping premium spirits and ordering tuna tataki or deconstructed baklava. Spend all day – it’s a (spendy) beach club – or book ahead for sunset drinks soundtracked by DJs. Drag-queen hosts and cheeky waiters keep things light-hearted.

Katerina’s Bar

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.

Lola Bar

Gay-friendly, glam, furnished with lipstick-pink vintage knick-knacks – from tasselled lamps to gramophones – Lola is camp and convivial. Order a frozen strawberry daiquiri with a Mr Whippy flourish from chatty, welcoming bar staff, before heading to its lilac-cushioned nooks to chat with its unpretentious patrons – this is miles away from the island’s icy A-list scene. Mellow lounge music slowly morphs into singalong LGBTQ anthems as the night progresses.

Galleraki

There are few experiences more ‘pure Greek islands’ than sitting right by the rippling water on the edge of a whitewashed port, clutching a cold aperitif and chatting with friends as the sun sinks below the horizon. This spot, in the picture-perfect Little Venice neighbourhood on Mykonos’s Old Port, is the classic place to join in with the Cycladic ritual. Totter down its slim stone steps to reach the cushioned terrace, blending into the crowd of older regulars and wide-eyed newcomers, sitting among bright, locally painted canvases.

Astra

Rock stars, supermodels and European royalty drop by this glitzy yet intimate bar in Mykonos Town, famous for its inky ceiling, pin-pricked with LED lights like a constellation of stars. A small, ice-white exterior has climbing bougainvillea and candlelit tables; a hedonistic crowd only needs a few rounds of potent house cocktails before the dancing kicks in. Don’t show up looking scruffy – if it’s busy, you’ll need an air of innate it-crowd confidence to get in.

Scarpa

Here’s a chilled out sunset bar that changes gear with techno DJs in later hours: this Little Venice hangout has glorious views of Mykonos’s much-photographed windmills as they blush pink in the fading sunlight. Deep house music pumps subtly in the background as the sea spray leaps up from waves crashing into the sheer sea wall – a mixed bunch of older and younger drinkers sip champagne cocktails and Grey Goose martinis. Get there an hour before sunset and ask for a table towards the front left of the terrace for the best views.

Caprice of Mykonos

For more of a party atmosphere, this powder-blue hangout does huge, ice-packed ‘party buckets’ stuffed with vodka bottles, fruit and shot glasses, serving zingy martinis to a youthful pack of devotees just starting their night. Facing the sunset and the port’s boats, this is the place to get a front row seat right at the water’s edge – prepare for a sprinkling of marine spray from the frisky waves below. It does get packed, and the volume ramps up after sunset, so come prepared to join in.

Scorpios

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.

Nammos

Away from the main port, in the sought-after beach resort of Psarou, this is how the other half drink. It’s a destination beach club with a wooden pavilion festooned in fishing nets, and distinctive white-and-turquoise striped parasols. Nammos hosts a calendar of beach parties with live bands and DJs – and the eye-watering champagne list extends to the very finest Methuselahs and Nebuchadnezzars. Go prepared to flash your cash, for which you get a full-on scene: celebs, yacht parties, barefoot dancing and great people-watching.

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.
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