Bars & Nightclubs in Santorini

Santorini Girl’s Guide to Nightlife

The main town is called Fira, where you will find the most popular clubs and bars. Most places don’t start to get busy until around 12am when most people go out. So if you’re looking for a casual drink after dinner head out at around 10pm, but stick around til midnight when things really start to heat up.

Most bars/clubs do not charge a cover entry fee. In peak season some rarely may incur a 5, 10 or 15 euro cover charge. Reservations are not required however most do offer table service if you get there early enough or book ahead. Cocktail waitresses are usually waiting upon your arrival to take your order and get your drinks. Unless otherwise stated the dress code is usually smart casual. Most tourists wear flats and sandals and this is acceptable in the venues.

BARS 

2 BROTHERS BAR

2 Brothers Bar is one of the first bars you will find walking around the streets of Fira. Its located next to Obelix Souvlakis and Gyros. This is one of the most fun bars you will visit on the island. From around 8pm you can expect to find fellow travellers starting to arrive and sit and watch the sports coverage on the various TVs in the bar. Happy Hour starts at 10pm where you can enjoy 2-4-1 Cocktails and 4euro beer all night. At around midnight the DJ kicks off his set and the lights go down and the music goes up. The bar turns into a mini club and the vibe is like that of a festival. The music is second to none with resident DJ Haris playing an eclectic mix of EDM (electronic dance music), house and RNB. One of my favourite bars on the island. If you’re keen enough…ask the bartender for a head shot!

www.facebook.com/2brothersbarsantorini

THE HIGHLANDER BAR 

The Highlander Bar is a Scottish bar located up and around the corner from 2 Brothers Bar. There you will find a great friendly atmosphere with lots of young travelers and also romantic couples alike. Rich in its Scottish feel, the walls are plastered with memorabilia from Scotland and other places from all around the world. The DJ delights tourists with his mix of commercial top 40, deep progressive house and funk. If you dare play Russian Roulette or take part in their Cocktail Challenge. Expect to have a fun night at The Highlander Bar Santorini.

www.facebook.com/thehighlandersantorini

TOWN CLUB 

A few paces up from The Highlander Bar you will find Town Club. Town Club has a european feel to its interior with its white decor and flashing laser lights to compliment. The DJ plays a modern mix of Top 40, dance and funky favourites. This bar is a little bigger inside compared to the others and has visitors from all over the world. Often girls dancing on the bar!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Town-Club-Amnesia-Cafe/592387900790300

CALDERAKI

A brand new fixture to Santorini’s Caldera this ultra sexy bar provides deep house music and tunes to move your soul. Amazing cocktails and a nice and cosy feeling not the inside. Tastefully decorated with a minimalist approach. A personal fav. Located on the Caldera underneath Tropical Bar.

www.calderaki.gr

CASABLANCA SOUL

Casablanca is one of a kind. On any night you can expect to find either a DJ playing some chilled beats or a live band rockin’ the dance floor. Located in the heart of Fira – you will be greeted with the checkerboard dance floor and lush lounges on the side. A seriously cool place to go – their cocktails are out of this world.

www.facebook.com/casablancasoul

MURPHYS BAR 

Right next door to Town Club, there is Murphy’s Bar. An Irish pub with interesting decor all over the walls including road signs, international flags and posters from all over the world giving this bar a great feel. Music is top 40, electro, house and bangin’!! A great place for young tourists to go party.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Murphys-bar-fira-Santorini/195870477117710

MURPHYS SALOON

Underneath Murphy’s is Saloon – one of the newest bars on the island. A western feel with waitresses in cowboy hats and wooden interior a great place to go chill and relax with friends over a drink or two. A more relaxed atmosphere with a pool table in the back. Plays classic rock!

https://www.facebook.com/murphyssaloon

TROPICAL BAR

The only Australian bar on the island! This bar offers amazing views of the Caldera so you can party from when the sun is setting and into the night. Resident DJ Yiorgos plays a great mix of relaxed tunes building up to old time classics and new tunes. Happy Hour specials available and a popular spot for everyone to visit.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/30026163811/

TANGO BAR

I love going to Tango Bar because it’s got a very classy and sophisticated vibe. I love to dress up when I go to this venue so heels might be an option. This bar attracts a bit of a more stylish mature crowd where you can go enjoy yourself with one of their many signature cocktails. You must try their Cucumber Martini – it’s delicious! Also on the Caldera,  Tango bar plays a great mix of music including funky soul and old school and is a great place to visit with a group of friends.

https://www.facebook.com/tangobarsantorini

NIGHT FLIGHT (Kamari) 

Night Flight is another new addition to the island located on Avis Beach, about a 10 minute taxi ride from Fira approx 20 euros one way. A brand new cocktail bar with a lounge setting outdoors, providing a stage for live bands and acts to perform. The unique thing about this bar is that its right under the flight path of aircraft landing into Santorini, hence where it gets its name from. It makes for an exciting evening with friends.

www.facebook.com/nfsantorini

JOJOS SUMMER BEACH BAR (Perivolos) 

If there’s one bar that goes off its this one! JoJo’s Summer Beach Bar is one not to be missed attracting International and Local DJ’s alike such as Bang La Decks and CJ Jeff. Expect a party every Sunday in the season that is going to be wild and crazy! It’s a bar surrounded by a pool with lounges and cabanas for hire. JoJo’s also serves a variety of food and snacks and of course cocktails! This crazy party place is located in Perivolos on the beach on the other side of the island. It would take approximately 30 minutes from Fira in taxi which will be around 30 euros one way.

https://www.facebook.com/JOJO-Summer-Beach-Bar-Santorini-

 

CLUBS

 ENIGMA

Enigma is currently closed. Please check their Facebook page below for updates.

https://www.facebook.com/EnigmaClubSantorini

KOO CLUB

The largest club in Fira, starts to warm up at around 1am with a huge outdoor area so you can party under the stars! The music is a great mix of house, commercial, RNB, classics and Greek music. Reasonably priced drinks and cocktails we highly recommend you visit Koo Club when you come to Santorini.

http://www.kooclub.gr/

MAMOUNIA 

The most popular Greek club on the island, playing Greek music a great place for anyone visiting the island to visit to get caught up in the amazing vibe! Indoor and outdoor areas cater for everyones taste.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mamounia-Club-Fira-ThiraSantorini/407780402612424

Infinity Collection Fira – Discover and Get 15% off

Every once in a while something special happens in Santorini. This time it’s the Grand Opening of the brand new hotel Infinity Collection based in the heart of the island Thira.

If you’re visiting Santorini this upcoming season and if you’re lucky enough to secure a booking there – I would definitely take the opportunity to stay at Infinity Collection in Fira.


Infinity Collection is a rare find in Santorini – a beautiful property of villas located very centrally in Fira, reasonably priced and exclusive as there are only 5 private villas available. Because this property is so brand new I can only imagine the secret will get out soon!

I had the pleasure of being invited to their soft opening late last year. The rooms are ultra modern and chic yet still keeping within the traditional whitewashed Santorini style.

Large spacious cave rooms – the property offers guests Deluxe or Superior Cave Villa experiences. All villas are fitted out with brand new flat screen TVs with access to satellite channels.


The Deluxe Villa is 30 square metres and can comfortably sleep up to 3 guests in the double size bed and single sofa lounge. Perfect for a couple that enjoy a luxurious spacious setting.

The Superior Villa is 46 square metres and a much larger living area to feel at peace and relax. It can accommodate up to 3 guests in the king size bed and single sofa lounge. These rooms also have the option of interconnecting with the room next door – which is perfect for families or groups traveling together.

Being brand new the Infinity Collection is lusciously decorated with soft furnishings that are contemporary and stylish. Fresh vibrant bougainvillea’s exploding with pinks and purples surround the property giving it its unique atmosphere.

Infinity Collection also boasts a large outdoor swimming pool (optional to be heated) with sunbeds and lounges. The property is also quite private and isolated away from the crowds of Fira yet also close enough to access via the cobblestone paths – which is only a short 3-minute walk.

The views are of the eastern side of the island that are far reaching and breathtaking. It’s also located very centrally to restaurants, bars, museums, shops and the bus and taxi station. The closest beach can be accessed via bus, scooter or ATV and is only 10 minutes away.

I was delighted to find out that all the bathrooms are stocked with complimentary products from Korres – a local Greek brand that uses mostly natural ingredients and produces some of my favourite body washes too. (The jasmine body wash is divine.)


Of course Infinity Collection also offers the following as standard inclusions;

  • Free Wifi in all rooms and outdoor areas
  • Free Transfers to and from the Airport or Port
  • Daily Breakfast for all guests
  • Patio for each Villa
  • Kitchenette with Toaster, Microwave, Refrigerator and Electric Kettle
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Concierge Services – ATV, Scooter Hire etc..
  • Private bathroom, shower, bathrobes, and designer toiletries

Overall I highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for chic, affordable accommodation this season.

As a special deal for all Santorini Girl readers – Infinity Collection Fira is offering 15% off the room rate for all new bookings made before 31st March 2016*

To book in your luxurious villa for your stay in Santorini email info@infinitycollectionsantorini.com and mention Santorini Girl to receive 15% off!

Kisses

Santorini Girl

*discount is based on their non-refundable room rate.


Breakfast at IDOL Restaurant

This morning after waking up to a beautiful view of the Caldera, my friend Rachel and I went along to have an amazing breakfast at IDOL Restaurant.

We were greeted by friendly owner Loukas, who quickly got us seated at an incredible table with a view to die for!  We were then treated to a 2 course breakfast complete with fresh orange juice and hot coffee. We had French Toast with prosciutto, tomato, spinach and cream cheese followed by freshly made waffles with cinnamon and honey.  It was delicious and very fulfilling!

We highly recommend you to visit IDOL on your next trip to Santorini.

Good laughs, great good, good times!

The Beaches

Review from Guest Writer Elly Dru 

Santorini is an island rich in beaches, each one is unique and inimitable. The beautiful views, crystal blue water, the sound of waves and the endless sea merging with the sky will make you feel blessed. Remarkable are red, white and black beaches located in a close proximity to each other.

Red Beach in Akrotiri

One of the things you must see on the island. An absolutely awe-inspiring view of deep red rocky shores. Although Red Beach is pretty I wouldn’t recommend swimming there without bringing the right shoes, as there are many stones and rocks in the water. Take a boat from here or walk to see the White Beach just around the corner. It’s a very small area where every single rock and stone is white.

Kamari

One of the most popular beaches to visit. About 20 minutes away from Fira town with an abundance of cafes, restaurants, boutique clothing stores and of course the beach! One of my favorite restaurants to eat at is Navy’s. The mountain on the far side of Kamari gives this beach its special essence with such an amazing backdrop.

Perissa

About 40 minutes by bus from Fira Town or 10 minutes by boat from Kamari. Here you will find the best beach parties and bars in the day time such as JoJos, Chilli and Wet Stories. A great place to chill and relax is Demilmar. Its also popular for a wide range of water sports such as water skiing, wind surfing, jetskiing, diving and the Water Park.

Perivolos

Found on the southern tip of Santorini, another quiet beach with small taverns. A haven for sailing and fishing boats.

Vlyhada

For those who want to avoid crowds, and are looking for a serene spot to relax. Located near Perivolos.

Monolithos 

Located on the east coast of Santorini, about 15 minutes from Fira Town on the bus. This beach is a little quieter and is perfect for families visiting the island. Its a small sandy beach with shallow water great for families with children. There are two tavernas and a small market down there to grab a snack.

 

There are countless beaches in Santorini, each with their own beauty. The best way to see most of them is to rent a motorbike, scooter or ATV. Make sure you have your sunscreen, water, hat shoes and a towel!

To rent a great scooter or ATV visit Moto Koletsis at www.facebook.com/Santorinimotokoletsis and mention Santorini Girl for a great price!

48 Hours in Santorini

So you’re in Santorini for around 48 hours, what do you do?

Here’s my list of must see and do things for a quick visit to Santorini.

Day 1

Start your day by visiting Fira the main town and check out the shops. Lots of good fashion and trinkets to find in cute little shops scattered across the Caldera.

Have lunch at a local gyros or souvlaki shop. They are cheap, safe and also delicious! My favourite is Luckys Souvlaki in Fira or Obelix also in Fira.

Head back to your hotel have a snooze and get ready for the night ahead!

Have a late dinner at a local taverna, my favourite in Fira is called Kapari – they serve traditional Greek dishes and are affordable.

After dinner hit up 2 Brothers Bar…happy hour starts at 10pm where you can get 2 for 1 cocktails. Party starts to heat up at around midnight, best music at this bar.

Day 2

Depending on how late you got in the night before, get up and head to Perivolos Beach. You can get there by bus from Fira bus station for around 2 euro one way. Go to JoJos Beach Bar and enjoy the sun and sand.

Around late afternoon head over to Oia to watch the famous sunset. Again there are buses to Oia via Fira bus station.

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Definitely do the Volcano Boat Tour!

Review from guest writer Katia Babs

It’s totally worth the trip! We took the Poseidon boat out of the old port in Fira. To get down to the old port you have  three options: the cable car which is about a 2 minute ride to the bottom (what we did), a donkey ride (which is what I want to do next), or walking the 500 odd steps down to the bottom (what crazy people do). The first stop is to the volcano where  you can walk about 20 minutes up to the top to see the smoking black rocks. No, there is no lava. If there was lava, we’d be in trouble. Definitely wear sneakers so you can do the walk with no problem. No flip flops! The second stop brings you around the volcano and to the hot springs where you jump off the boat and swim over to enjoy about 20 minutes there. After that, the boat goes slowly passed the quiet island of Thirassia where you can take pictures of the quaint downtown. From there you enjoy the beautiful view of Santorini from the water as the boat takes you around the island. Enjoy your free wine, sit back and relax as you watch the famous Santorini sunset. It was a fabulous trip that I can’t wait to repeat next year!

 

What to bring: A hat, sunblock, water, snacks, a camera, sneakers, a light jacket for when the sun goes down, and maybe a bottle of local wine 🙂

Katia Babs

 

 

Checking out The Prehistoric City of Akrotiri

The other day Dimitri, Gabi and I went to visit The Prehistoric City of Akrotiri. It is located on the Southern end of Santorini. The excavation at Akrotiri began in 1967 by Professor Spyridon Marinatos and is still in progress. Over thirty buildings have been located in the area of 1.2 hectares protected under a bioclimatic shelter. It is a very interesting look back into the past into the Late Bronze Age (1650-1500 BC). Many rooms, jars, buildings and sophisticated structures have stood the strength of time and have been very well preserved.

We had the pleasure of visiting the site when a local pianist was performing live. It was such a beautiful experience to take in the site whilst listening to the soulful sounds of the piano. Check out the video below.

 

WHERE: Akrotiri

CONTACT: +30 22860 81366

OPENING HOURS: Tues-Sunday 8am-8pm (can change seasonally)

COST: 5 Euro

MORE INFO: http://www.visitgreece.gr

Exploring the Island

Santorini has a lot of hidden walks and hiking trails to explore. The other day we met with 3 lovely Argentinian girls traveling around the island. Nati, Camila and Debi joined Gabi, Dimitri, Dickie the Dog and I and we set off on an unplanned adventure.

We started in the direction of Megalochori and found ourselves on a dirt backroad which lead to some spectacular views and interesting landscapes. There we found horses, goats and nature in all its untamed beauty.

The Crew
The Crew
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Debi, Nati and Camila our new Argentinian friends.
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Amazing View
Goat Friends!
Goat Friends!
Dimitri and the Horse
Dimitri and the Horse

Afterwards we continued our adventure and went in the direction of Akrotiri. We pulled over to the side of the road by a Church (which I ‘accidentally’ climbed up on!) and set off down the windy dirt road through vegetable patches and other crops. We found ourselves at the most beautiful farm where we were greeted by a friendly Greek local who let us go and explore his land. It was such a hidden treasure tucked between two mountains on the outskirts of Akrotiri. The sound of all the bees buzzing around pollenating all the beautiful flowers was amazing. It felt really good to be around all of nature.

The Church
The Church
Walking to the Farm
Walking to the Farm
Dickie enjoying the View
Dickie enjoying the View
Gabi enjoying the view on the Farm
Gabi enjoying the view on the Farm

Overall an unplanned day exploring the island of Santorini turned into an amazing adventure. I highly recommend going off the beaten path, you will never know what you will find!

Sunset on the Caldera

It’s really nice, especially in the quieter season to take a walk to the Caldera to watch the sunset.

It’s so quiet, peaceful and has an air of transcendence. 

“Stillness speaks”. Eckhardt Tolle 

Today my friends and I did just that, the photos speak for themselves. I highly recommend this walk next time you visit Santorini. More sunsets to come!

Location – Imerovigli near Skaros. The Caldera walk stretches about 12kms on the western side of the island. There are many spectacular and brilliant spots to check out on the way. Scroll down for video and pictures.

Top 10 Reasons why you should visit Santorini

TOP 10 REASONS YOU SHOULD GET YOUR ASS HERE NOW

1. It’s breathtakingly amazingly gorgeous!

If God created Heaven on Earth, this is what I’d expect it to look like. The most stunning vista of all has to be without a doubt the Caldera. A stretch of about 12kms across the western side of the island looking out onto the volcano “Palia Kameni”. It’s explosive eruption in ancient times helped form the majestic cliff faces which are colored in earthy tones of red, brown and black. They meet the shores of the sea, deep greens and blue in its mediterranean glory which coupled with the brilliant array of pink, orange and purple hues from sunset create the the most magical explosion of nature I have ever seen.  But that’s not all, even in Winter when the  bright green grass has started to sprout around the island, imagery and scenes from “Lord of the Rings” spring to mind. Lesser known beautiful places to see here include hidden parts of Akrotiri, and the beautiful beachside in Karterados where you will see wind lashed stone fronts on the shore – which I swear look like faces! There are plenty of nature walks to do here as well including climbing Skaros (not recommended in Ugg boots!) It’s a great place for photographers.

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Sunset on the Caldera

2. The Nightlife. 

Coming from a seasoned professional ‘party animal’ the atmosphere here in Santorini is quite like no other. It has the excited vibrant energy of any good party but also mixed with a sense of friendliness and openness. I enjoy partying here the most as there is a lack of pretentiousness and everyone is here for a good time. (I haven’t heard of any coward punches, well…ever!) Also, this ISN’T just an island for romantic couples as most people think (although it caters to that too).  There is definitely  a scene here for young, single, wild and free boys and girls searching for an exuberant fun party atmosphere – which is every night in the Summer Season (May – Sept) . Contiki and Busabout offer  weekly tour packages in Summer and those guys know how to party! My favorite places would be The Highlander Bar for commercial top 40 and a crazy night out, Enigma for some chilled house tunes and Mamounia to get your Greek on!

The Highlander Bar

3. The Food.

Greeks love to feed you and they feed you well! Santorini has a plethora of good food and places to eat.  Even if you’re on a budget – a 2 euro souvlaki made with fresh locally produced ingredients is definitely a favorite meal of mine to grab. Santorini (as well as the rest of Greece) has an abundance of bakery’s (fournos). THE Bakery to visit after a big night out (see point 2) at 4am would be Svoronos Bakery – ask the local baker for a mpougatsa! A custard filled pastry made to perfection – he knows when he sees me at that time exactly what I’m after. (mpougatsa addicts anonymous) If you have the transport also aim to get to the bakery in Karterados and order the chocolate cake. Omg. It changed my life! For other meals I also enjoy the fresh seafood selection available in Santorini, alongside traditional Santorinian dishes such as Fava, tomato balls and various salads. My favorite is Aegialos in Exo Gialos on the eastern side of the island. You can even eat seaside on a boat!

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Aegialos

4. Red Bull Art of Motion.

If you’re visiting in September you might be lucky enough to watch fit, healthy (sometimes sexy) athletes from all over the world compete in a free running and parkour competition. I’ve seen the event 2 years running (haaa get it?!) now and I love the energy and excitement it brings with it to the island. It’s also great to watch and appreciate world class athletes doing what they love to do. It’s inspiring and quite often you go home watching everyone trying out their own parkour moves in the streets of Fira!

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Red Bull Art of Motion

5. The Beaches.

 I love to tan. (I know its unhealthy but what girl doesn’t?!) The beaches in Santorini have something for everyone. If you want to relax and chill out there are plenty of stunning beaches with restaurants on their shores down the end of Perissa. Tranquilo is one of my favorite, they serve the biggest salads which are tasty and at a great price!  If you’re looking for something a little more lively – there are all the beach bars in Perivolos. Think Mykonos but maybe not as crazy, but still vibrant enough to give that chilled I’m-sipping-on-a-cocktail-listening-to-house-beats feeling. Although sometimes the beach bars do host special events e.g. David Morales and things can get a little loco. I regularly visit JoJos Beach Bar or Chilli.  There are little to no waves (or sharks!) and the water gets warmer mid summer. For families and couples I would recommend Kamari beach as there are plenty of shops and restaurants to entertain you for a full day.

Chillin' at Perissa Beach
Chillin’ at Perissa Beach

6. The Tourists. 

In the summer season of 2013, approx. 1.9 million tourists visited the island of Santorini. That’s a hell of a lot of people to meet! Quite often I went out on my own – yes on my own and I was delighted to meet some of the best people I’ve ever met on this planet. Most tourists are very friendly and open, enjoying themselves and having a good time. I now have a network of friends from all over the globe and I met them here in Santorini. Often we only had 2-3 days from the time we met to the time we had to say goodbye, but it didn’t really matter – it made all for enjoying the moments!

Tourist LOVE!
Tourist LOVE!

7. The Locals. 

Never before in my life have I had the pleasure of interacting with such a kind, giving and friendly community. Living in Sydney most of my life – I only just knew the names of my neighbours next door. After living here in Santorini for a little over 8 months now I can walk down the street and am most often greeted with a friendly Kalimera! (good morning) or Kalispera! (good afternoon – I get that one most of the time because Im never out of bed before 12pm!) I really love and appreciate the community vibe here. It’s nice to see people helping one another.

Dancing with Locals at a Church Name Day Celebration
Dancing with Locals at a Church Name Day Celebration

8. Fall in Love . 

See points 6 +7 – you never know!

9. The Space you can Create here. 

Although I’ve listed a great deal of things to do and see, this is also a place where you can create space for yourself to just be. As in do no-thing, all encapsulated in this place which is infinitely beautiful. Take a walk, stop thinking, find a remote part of the island where there are no tourists (they do exist) and just be yourself. It’s very refreshing.

10. The Energy.

 I don’t know what it is about this place but I am drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Santorini’s energy is incredible. I think its a mix of everything included in this list, or maybe emissions from the volcano, or its assumed historical ties to the site of Atlantis – whatever it is I love it and I keep coming back for more. It excites me and fills me with passion, a sense of awe and appreciation. It’s been a very healing place for me but also a place I reconnected with myself. Come see and feel it for yourself! (Buyer beware,this energy has the potential to intensify everything you’re feeling! So be super happy when you come!)

10a. The Art & History. 

Santorini is literally littered with ancient sites and interesting museums dating back thousands of years. You can immerse yourself in a world beyond ours and travel back in time to a land of pithos jars, priestess chambers and advanced plumbing systems. My favorite is the archaeological site in Akrotiri.

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Akrotiri

11. (Ok I went over) The Lifestyle.

Sit down, have a smoke and a coffee. Be in this moment. Relax. Endaxi!

Greek Life
Greek Life