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Experience the Santorini nightlife: From nightclubs to live Greek music

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Santorini isn’t just about breathtaking sunsets and caldera views – although, you know, those are pretty amazing too!

An island that the whole world has associated with romance, Greece’s top destination is so much more than that. Nightlife in Santorini is an experience on its own, and there’s no shortage of places for a night out.

After the sun dips below the horizon and the stars start glistening, this beloved paradise transforms into a vibrant hub of nightlife, especially during the peak summer months.

Whether you’re a party animal or a casual sipper, there’s something for everyone: cocktail bars, open-air terraces with caldera views, romantic bars to enjoy a glass of crisp Santorini wine with your partner, and clubs with Greek music to dance to with friends until early in the morning.

Want to know more about the nightlife in Santorini, Greece? Here’s a comprehensive list of our favorite bars across all main villages, where to enjoy the best music and cocktails, and of course where to go clubbing in Santorini.

Santorini’s nightlife caters to a variety of tastes, so let’s break down the hottest spots by area.

Fira Santorini nightlife

Fira is not only the capital of Santorini but the capital of nightlife, too. It boasts the most pulsating nightlife, with a concentration of bars and clubs in the main town area. If you want to be near the best clubs in Santorini, this is the place to stay.

 

Further reading: Where to stay in Santorini – Every part of the island, explained!

 

 

Clubbing in Fira

Most of Santorini nightclubs are located in Fira so this is where you’ll find true dance clubs, with techno and other similar types of music.

  • Head to Koo Club, known for its energetic atmosphere and international DJs.
  • Enigma Club is another popular choice, offering a mix of commercial and house music.
  • Two Brother Club is as wild as its name suggests, good for late nights, crowded yet fun.
  • Last but not least, we can’t talk about the best clubs in Santorini without mentioning Mamounia Club – if you want the true Greek experience, this is for you.

 

Cocktail Connoisseurs

For a more sophisticated vibe, explore PK Cocktail Bar with its innovative creations.

According to TripAdvisor, it’s the best bar in Santorini at the moment, not to mention the oldest! PK has been going strong for almost 50 years now, expanding on three levels with mesmerizing views of the caldera.

Tango Bar is another great cocktail bar in Fira, perfect for a romantic night, known for the compelling caldera views you enjoy alongside your drink.

Kira Thira Jazz Bar is another interesting choice – there’s only a handful of tables and bar stools here though, so keep that in mind.

 

Wine Lovers

If you’re into wine, we recommend starting a little earlier, before sunset: there are several Santorini wineries that are worth a visit, and they offer a far more holistic experience compared to a bar or club.

If you don’t know what to choose, The JoyVan is your best bet. Book our Santorini wine tour where we can visit 3 wineries back-to-back. You can either follow our recommendations and hit Koutsogiannopoulos, Argyros, and Venetsanos, or make up your own itinerary based on your preferences – we’d be happy to assist you!

Perissa & Kamari Santorini nightlife

These beach towns on the east side of the island cater to a more laid-back crowd. Here you’ll find unique beach bars with relaxed vibes, perfect for chilling with friends and family.

More specifically, Kamari may be internationally known for its black sand beach, yet Kamari nightlife is not too shabby, either: options such as Albatross beach bar and Love Boat bar offer a splendid selection of drinks until (very!) late at night.

Similarly, Perissa Santorini nightlife is rather quiet, featuring beach bars that operate form early in the morning till late at night. For example, Perissa’s Tranquilo Beach Bar is a local favorite that’s worth your while.

Staying in Kamari, Perissa, or Perivolos but still interested in Santorini nightclubs? You’ll need to rent a car or book a private transfer to Fira.

Pro tip: You’ll be able to enjoy a drink (or two) if you opt for a private transfer rather than a car rental – your safety is of utmost importance, so make sure you take alcohol consumption seriously.

Oia nightlife

Oia’s nightlife is more low-key compared to Fira, but it still packs a punch.

Here, elegance and sophistication take the reins, with a plethora of upscale romantic bars at your disposal, offering unique cocktails and a spectacular wine list.

After your sunset strolls, visit one of Oia’s chicest bars, Fino Restaurant & Cocktail Bar that offers creative cocktails and a stylish ambiance.

Imerovigli nightlife

If you want to go clubbing in Santorini, Imerovigli is definitely *not* for you!

This quieter Santorini town offers a few hidden nightlife gems, making Imerovigli’s nightlife perfect for romantic nights and relaxed evenings.

  • 363 Bar: If you’re into fine drinking, you may have heard of Baba Au Rum, a cocktail bar in Athens that’s among the best of the world. 363 Bar by Baba Au Rum, located at Grace Hotel in Imerovigli, is redefining the fine drinking scene on the island. A much-anticipated addition to the nightlife of Santorini you don’t want to miss.
  • Bar To Navagio: Lovely spot, great atmosphere, and top-notch booze. What’s not to like? This is the perfect spot for fine-drinking enthusiasts, so even if you don’t stay in Imerovigli, it’s definitely worth a visit.

 

You may want to know: How to get around Santorini – Best ways to move around effortlessly

 

Honorable mention: Volkan on the Rocks

This unique bar in Firostefani boasts a dramatic cliffside setting, perfect for a pre-club drink with a view. Besides its garden sunset bar and restaurant, it also features a cinema and can be booked for private parties, events, and weddings!

Remember: This is just a glimpse into Santorini’s vibrant nightlife scene. New bars and clubs pop up regularly, so keep an eye out for hidden gems during your visit.

Night Light in Santorini island Greece

Ready to experience Santorini's nightlife for yourself? Safety comes first!

Santorini’s charm extends to its winding roads and cliffside locations.

Yet, while they make for stunning scenery, they’re not exactly ideal for navigating after a few cocktails. That’s why booking a private transfer is your best bet!

Book your Santorini transfers in advance with The JoyVan, and let the partying begin (responsibly, of course)! Our professional drivers will ensure you get back to your hotel or Airbnb safely and comfortably, so you can focus on what matters – enjoying the Santorini nightlife!

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