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Sicily

Nightlife in Sicily

Nightlife in Sicily isn't always as you'd expect. It's a careful blend of ritzy cocktail bars and big time dance clubs, but also has opportunities to enjoy an outdoor festival or night out at the opera. You'll find a higher concentration of clubs in Sicily's big cities, where whole streets are devoted to pulsing DJ sets. There are also all-night cafes where you're welcome to settle in with a glass of the area's signature almond wine that holidays to Sicily have become synonymous with.

Waterfront views at Maljk, Cefalu

Maljk rests just along the coast and comes ready with sunloungers on its wooden deck for maximum lounging. There's even a small pool in the middle for daytime swims with a spectacular view of the beach.

This classy spot specialises in cocktails of a wide variety and typically follows a drinks ticket system, in which you purchase drink tickets and redeem them up at the bar for a tipple of your choosing. Come Saturday, this otherwise peaceful spot turns into a full-out party destination with a neon bar, pumping DJ sets and break-taking sunset views.

Homegrown wine at Enoteca Rossorubino, Cefalu

This quaint little wine bar is a tip-top spot to knock back a few glasses of local vino after a long day of sightseeing or a short day of getting out of bed. The light bites on offer here aren't meant to function as a full meal, but rather, a palate-teaser for better things to come. And by better things, we mean the wide array of Sicilian wines.

There aren't many tables at this little bar – around 10 or so – but the seating arrangements spill out onto a patio that borders a busy street. That's where you'll find maximum people-watching potential. It's the only thing that goes better with your full-bodied wine than a plate of bruschetta.

On-point cocktails at Flamingo Taormina, Taormina

Another of Taormina's glitzy cocktail gems, Flamingo is steeped in neon back-lighting and decked with flamboyant leather couches. The tables on the outdoor deck are exclusively candlelit, upping the romantic vibes here tenfold.

Flamingo is a laid-back spot with a very cool atmosphere, made even cooler by seriously talented mixologists that know their way around a cocktail. Here you can expect expert martinis, mojitos and everything in between.