A guide to nightlife in Thira
As the capital of Santorini it’s no surprise that Thira is one of the main party stops on the island, featuring an abundance of bars and clubs. Thira also hosts some vibrant festivals throughout the summer. During August and September, the Santorini International Music Festival takes place at the Nomikos Centre with classical music performances from international artists. The Ifaisteia Cultural Festival is the main event in Santorni’s calendar, and it takes place each year in mid-August. Most nightclubs in Thira have cover charges of up to 10 euros as well as strict dress codes. Don’t expect to get in wearing flip flops and swim wear.
PK Cocktail Bar
The attentive staff at the three-level, clifftop PK Cocktail Bar won’t fail to impress you with their knowledge. Centrally located with an ocean view, sit on the top patio sipping beautifully-made cocktails as you watch the spectacular sunset that Santorini holidays are renowned for.
Two Brothers Bar
Since opening in 1983, the Two Brothers Bar has become an island favourite for visitors and locals alike. If you’re after a crazy party vibe, look no further. Playing everything from top 40 to Commercial House, the bar’s lively atmosphere will have you dancing all night.
Enjoy the beautiful sunset from the trendy Tango Bar’s balcony while listening to lounge music and sipping elegant cocktails. As the night unfolds, so does the venue, as you walk through a small door and down to the veranda. Expect premium drinks and impeccable service at this upmarket establishment.
Kira Thira Jazz Bar
Popular with the local youth, Kira Thira plays an eclectic mix of music, and is a welcome escape from the loud, thumping bass of the bigger, mainstream clubs and bars available to you on holidays to Santorini. The bar is too small for live performances but boasts a remarkable sound system and a chilled atmosphere.
Koo Club is legendary for its lively indoor-outdoor dance experience. Order inside from the counter-style bar running the length of the room, with crystal chandeliers and glittery disco balls overhead, or choose from one of the three bars outside and drink under the stars surrounded by palm trees. A single DJ mixes techno and mainstream hits until the small hours.
Having recently reopened after a two-year closure and revamp, Enigma, one of the oldest clubs in Santorini, is back and under new management. The club is divided between three separate rooms including an intimate main bar housed under a tight barrel-roofed ceiling. Expect stylish cocktails and loud mainstream and house music.
For late-night, pure Greek entertainment, Club 33 offers high spirits and the best cultural experience in the area. With regular performances from Greek singers and dancers, immerse yourself in the vibrant Hellenic culture.
This is a popular nightlife spot with the Aussies and Brits alike. Offering beautiful views of the Caldera, a happy hour and the opportunity for dancing as the night closes in, the bar also benefits from big screens showing major sporting events.
Taj Mahal Club
One of the busiest night clubs in Fira, the Taj Mahal Club brings you both international mainstream and contemporary Greek music in a cool, oriental setting. Ambiently lit with lanterns and decorated with brightly fabrics the club also regularly features male and female belly dancers.
Franco’s is a very popular bar with a cool, contemporary vibe. Packed with both locals and visitors, guests are invited to relax on the lounge chairs admiring the impeccable beauty of Greek island holidays while listening to atmospheric, classical music. Arrive early to bag the best spot.