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Ayia Napa

Nightlife in Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa is known as the nightlife hotspot of Cyprus and, as one of the premier places to party in Europe. The town's small but surprisingly well-stocked main square is bursting with pubs and clubs pumping out tunes until the break of dawn. Further down the strip, quieter music-lounges and cocktail-bars cater for those in search of a more laid-back evening of entertainment. Whatever sort of night you're looking for on your Ayia Napa holidays – karaoke or live music, DJs or paint parties – you're sure to find it in this magnet for night owls.

An award-winning night at The Castle Club

A regular feature on lists of the top 100 clubs in the world, The Castle features world-famous DJs, luxurious VIP packages and the best music played round the year. Of course, such an experience comes at a steep price – but if you're prepared to part with some cash, you're sure to have a memorable night.

Cheap cocktails at Jagermeister Barcode

With a buzzing atmosphere, wide range of music and some of the most competitive prices in town, Jagermeister Barcode has firmly instilled itself as a favourite for holidays in Ayia Napa. And, of course, you can get some Jagermeister cocktails while you're there.

Start with food and finish with cocktails at Tiki Bar

Located near the start of the strip, the Tiki Bar is an ideal place to start out the night with some low-priced but potent cocktails. While during the day it serves up the perfect comfort food to shake off that hangover. Be warned – the dentist chair drinking game is not for the faint-hearted party-goer.

After-party fun at River Reggae Club

Being one of only a select few clubs open after 5am, River Reggae is the place to indulge in an after-party. Though it's located at a slight remove from the main centre of activity, the laid-back but lively vibe is the best way to keep the fun going when everywhere else has closed.

Flintstones fun at Bedrock Inn

This Flintstones-themed bar is a great place for kids during the day and adults at night. It has regular promotions such as the fixed-fee, one-hour open bar, and entertainment – think silent discos and bar-top cowgirl dancing. And it's always got an upbeat atmosphere, any hour of the day or night.

A rocking atmosphere at Heaven Rock Garden

Fans of metal, rock and alternative music will be in their element at Heaven, as all manner of rock'n'roll tunes are pumped out into the early hours of the morning. Stiff drinks at very affordable prices, pool tables and rock-star-themed decor round off this great music bar.

An Irish welcome at Paddy's Bar

You'll find Irish bars all over the world – but you'll be hard pushed to come across one with a better atmosphere than Paddy's. With live music most nights of the week, Paddy's offers a great vibe and superb hospitality from its friendly staff and locals.

Grown-up games at Senior Frogs

If you like plenty of organised fun in your nights out, Senior Frogs could be the spot for you. Dance competitions, conga lines, party games – this place has it all, including an extensive drinks list and a spacious dancefloor. The staff are second to none.

Retro tunes at Car Wash

Calling all 1980s and 1990s aficionados – retro nights are the order of the day at the Car Wash, where disco, dance and pop anthems from yesteryear are pumped out all night long. With a set list resembling a wedding or end-of-year shindig, you can expect plenty of cheese with your tunes here.

A pub where you can chat at Rat and Parrot

This traditional English pub at the quieter end of the strip is the ideal choice if you'd rather have a pint and a blether than shake your booty with the rest of the raucous revellers. Plenty of TV screens make it a great place for watching sporting events, too.