Rethymnon is packed with nightlife opportunities that change faces throughout the day. Many double as family-friendly restaurants for meal times and become sleek cocktail bars or all-night dance clubs in the evening. So if you're travelling with little ones, you won't have to worry about missing out on the best spots in town. And if you aren't, and you're just on the hunt for the best in Crete party holidays, all of Rethymnon is your oyster, day or night.
A popular restaurant by day, the Livingroom Lounge Cafe transforms into a casual cocktail bar by night, equipped with an outdoor terrace and cool interior. If you find yourself in the area during the day, you can pop in for a coffee and stay until the lights get colourful and the energy picks up with Greek and house music. They serve finger food until late, so if you've missed dinner before your night out, you can get a last-minute meal.
A popular spot with young holidaymakers, Fraoules is packed come nightfall and stays buzzing until three or four in the morning with pop hits and Latin music. The bar here specialises in fresh fruit cocktails and snack foods that you can nibble on from the outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour.
The Ice Club is one of Rethymnon's top clubbing destinations, that plays host to guest DJs and live musicians. It's located behind the Venetian port and features an outdoor terrace to grab some fresh air in beautiful surroundings. You can expect very late nights here as you dance to Greek pop hits and house music until early morning.
Also located near Rethymnon's Venetian harbour, the Fortezza Club is an energetic nightclub that keeps the wine and cocktails flowing until well past midnight. It regularly hosts party nights with guest DJs playing mainstream pop and Greek hits, features a spacious neon-lit bar and a long list of cocktails to keep the night going.
Mixing things up in Rethymnon, this classic British pub - the Eyes Live Lounge - offers everything you'd expect from a pub back home – sports on television, darts and a crisp pint of beer. Most nights here feature live music from local musicians, plus karaoke to make your own tunes. They also have an amazing selection of British food, like traditional English breakfasts, bacon butties and cheese and pineapple toasties.
A cave-like bar beside the Rimondi Fountain, Cul de Sac is laid-back in the daytime, with outdoor seating that provides great people watching opportunities. In the evenings, the energy is dialled up with DJ sets and cocktails, plus burgers, finger foods and desserts to pick at throughout the night.
Arrive after midnight and Metropolis will be just that – a busy metropolis. It's a sought-out spot among locals and visitors, with themed nights and karaoke on occasion. More often than not, you'll just find good cocktails and night owls dancing to pop hits and Greek music.
The Baja Beach Club is another spot in Rethymnon that doubles as a restaurant in the day and takes on a lively club atmosphere in the evening. Except here, it's taken to a whole new level. A choice spot if you're travelling with kids, the Baja Beach Club has a kids' pool with water slides, plus the nearby beach, of course. And for adults, there's a juice cocktail bar plus dancing and music in the evenings.
Nightlife in Rethymnon just got a whole lot more chic at this rooftop bar. Attached to a hotel, Zeus + Amalthia will have you sitting on an open-air terrace in huge, pod-like booths while sipping signature cocktails and enjoying beautiful sea views. The atmosphere is supremely relaxed, compared to other all-night clubs on this part of the island, and is great for romancing.
A British-style pub with a stylish twist, the Black Lotus is lined with stone walls and swanky black booths. They're known for playing an eclectic range of music, from rock to soul to rap, and for having an extensive list of beers. The Black Lotus tends to stay relaxed during the day and early evening, but gets a little livelier in the late-night hours.