Nights in Hersonissos aren't for sleeping – they're for colourful cocktails at a lush beach club, DJ sets at a wild pool party and pints of Mythos at a friendly sports bar. With the town's wide range of after-hours fun, you can crank the energy up of your Crete party holidays as high – or low – as you like, but whatever you do, you won't want to end your evenings before midnight on this part of the Cretan coast.
A little bit of the Empire State makes its way to the shores of Hersonissos in the form of a chic stone building right along the coast. Big nights are to be had here, with neon-lit dancing, DJ sets and cocktails, plus a quieter outdoor patio that directly faces the beach.
The open-air Palm Beach Club brings a little bit of ritz to the town's nightlife scene, and features its very own set of pools and a whitewashed bar with plush love seats. You can come during the day and lounge around the poolside or pop in for a very late night of shisha pipes and tiki cocktails under the stars, as the party here often doesn't get going until after midnight.
This gay-friendly bar is known for its upbeat atmosphere, and has a friendly barmaid who quickly becomes everybody's best friend. The decor is reminiscent of a classy, dark wood speakeasy, while the cocktails are anything but dull – they're made with premium alcohol and often topped with fresh fruit and sparklers.
Day or night, Star Beach is the place to be. It's an open-air venue right along – yes, you guessed it – Star Beach. It attracts world-renowned DJs to perform live sets on its sweeping stages in front of crowds of thousands. Each week sees themed soirees like white parties and neon parties, plus poolside fetes where the attire is swimsuits-only.
Shenanigans is your classic Irish pub but injected with energy. It may serve Guinness, but it comes with its own Hersonissos party atmosphere, and dancing on the tables is always encouraged. Here, on your holidays to Greece, you can strut on your stuff on the large dancefloor or take it easy along the terrace overlooking the sea.
While other clubs in this part of town are twinged with influences from all over the world, Enigma keeps things strictly Greek. At the circular bar, you can pick up a cocktail made with local alcohol and dance to Greek pop hits. Enigma has a great location so that you can float to another nearby bar without much effort, or make it your stop for the night and get down like a local.
The White Lion is a friendly gastropub specialising in draught beers you'd find at home. Think Carlsberg, Guinness and Strongbow, not to mention the local Mythos, plus fresh cocktails and a full menu of lunch and dinner meals. You'll also find TVs playing your favourite team's match so you don't have to miss a minute of the game.
Nights at the Havana Club can get a little wild, so if you find yourself in this half of town, get ready for a long one. The good news is, it's somehow Happy Hour all night long at this raucous bar, which means you'll enjoy drink specials like buy-one-get-one-free whenever you stop in for a drink.
Club Sensation is known for having one of the best party atmospheres in all of Hersonissos. It attracts performers and DJs from around the world, plus top music and dancing to keep the energy going throughout the night. They host weekly themed events as well as Spring Break extravaganzas that attract huge young crowds looking for the best parties on the island.
The Kahlua Beach Bar is a neon-lit paradise, with a bar awash with a purple glow. Plus it has striking shisha pipes and cocktails that will have you seeing all kinds of colours. You can escape the busy interior at the more tranquil outdoor patio, which features thatched umbrellas and lounge areas by the sea.