Drinking In… Ios
If you’re visiting Greece, chances are you’ll be island hopping. Where should you go to find awesome nightlife? Just take the ferry to Ios where you will experience the true meaning of na glentizoume (party!)
Situated in the heart of the Cyclades, a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, Ios is known for its whitewashed buildings, the exquisite views from its hills and cliffs, and of course, its raging nightlife. The best cocktail bars are found in Chora, the main village on the island. Still and peaceful during the day, Chora turns into party central when the sun goes down. Here are some of the best places to help you maximize your cocktail-sipping time.
Start your night at Ios Club, one of the island’s first bars and definitely one with a spectacular view. Here, you’ll begin the evening in a relaxed atmosphere after a surely hectic day of sunbathing and sightseeing. Enjoy your drink at the top of the hill while soaking in the setting sun and the majestic view of the Aegean.
Next, wander down a few steps away from the main square to Coo Bar where you can move to old school hip hop, 90s dance and other funky beats mixed by world-class DJs such as DJ Booker. You’ll also savour some amazing cocktails made by accomplished mixologists. Far from a gimmick bar, Coo gets accolades even from the locals.
In addition to being hugely popular for its club scene, Kandi has a beautiful terrace and a raised VIP section with super-slick couches. Big enough to accommodate some dancing but small enough to feel cozy, this area of the nightclub is perfect for those who would rather not decide between moving to the music and sipping cocktails.
Astra also makes our cut. With reviews like “wish I could pick this bar up and take it home with me” among countless other comments, this quirky bar is known for a guaranteed good time. Astra has a long list of premium cocktails to choose from, but whatever you do, make sure you have a Razzmatazz – it’s all the buzz. Go early for a relaxed vibe or late for a party atmosphere.
Ios nightlife plans? Done. Now, go pack your bags.