If you’re ready to party from sundown to sunrise, the Malia Strip is the place for you. Found behind the town’s main beach, it’s stuffed full of bars, pubs and clubs, offering partygoers a fantastic night out. Things get started at around 9:30pm when the early crowds grab a seat in the restaurants and bars. Once they’ve moved on, it’s time for the resort’s dedicated party crowd to take over. After a day’s sunbathing on one of Maila’s six gorgeous beaches, most partygoers head back to their accommodation, get ready, and then hit the clubs at around 11pm. It’s the perfect place to meet friends and warm up for your big night out.
To help make the most out of your Malia holiday, here’s our handy guide to the best bars and clubs.
Clubbing’s the big reason most people come to Malia Strip. Most clubs don’t open until midnight, so once you’ve warmed up with a few fishbowls, and it’s time to party the night away. If you can’t decide where to start the party, here are a few suggestions to help you on your way.
Serious clubbers head to Zig Zags, which claims to have the best DJ, sound and lighting on the Strip. Just head for its neon signs and outdoor lounge area. Once you’re in, you’ll be hit with pumping sounds and a huge dance floor. Open until seven in the morning, at weekends try their “I love House” nights.
If R&B’s more your thing, then after nine each night, the aptly named R&B club is the place to be. They offer House, Garage, and HipHop tunes, with a very chilled out vibe. Open until 4.30am every night, experience something different including beach parties.
Candy Club has been around since 2008. Not only is it the biggest club in Malia, but it’s also the best, having won ‘best club award’ several times. Open from midnight until five in the morning, it certainly lives up to its reputation. With the top UK and worldwide DJs bringing the party to life, crowds line the pavement to try and get in. Past performers include Stormzy, Westwood, Tinie Tempah and Lethal Bizzle.
If you’ve still got energy left after a weekend’s clubbing, head to Factory Club. There are three large bars and two dance stages, where you can party until dawn to Retro, Funky House, R&B and Club Classics.
Camelot Castle Club’s famous for its foam parties. There are two bars outside and three inside, and regular guest DJ slots. Open from 11 pm, you and your friends can party on to rock, House, funk, and more, until five in the morning.
The party never stops on Malia Strip; there’s always somewhere different for you and your mates to try, before recovering the next day by chilling out on one of Malia’s famous beaches.
The Saltire Scottish Lounge is a popular and welcoming choice, and Malia’s only Scottish bar. Its Scottish drink menu includes party favourites like Venom, Haggis Bombs and Bucky Bombs. If your tastes are more traditional, Saltire Scottish Lounge is also one of the few bars with Guinness on draught, and a great selection of single malts on the top shelf. There’s a pool table, karaoke evenings, darts and satellite TV, all there to keep you going until five in the morning.
If a fishbowl cocktail is more your drink of choice, there’s no better place than Help Bar. Their claim to fame is that they invented the fishbowl cocktail back in 1995. Open 24 hours a day; you can start and end the party here. If you’re feeling brave, you and your mates can really splash out with their XXXL Fishbowl.
Do you prefer something a little bit more relaxed and laid back? Bag a couch with its own TV screen at Zoo Bar. It’s popular for cocktail and beer lovers and stays open until four in the morning. There’s also a pool table for anyone who fancies a few games before the party starts. The vibe is distinctly chilled out, and it has a more sophisticated feel.
If you like indie and rock tunes head to the Squeeze Bar, they even offer to play your favourite songs if you ask the DJ, who has a playlist with more than a thousand of tracks to choose from. Pick a cocktail from their Roger Mellie menu, and party until three in the morning.
Premier Bar, a Malia Strip veteran, has been around since 1998. They offer thousands of tunes on their Karaoke list for you to simultaneously impress your mates and make them cringe. We’re not sure, but it’s rumoured there’s even a copy of the Birdy Song on the selection list…
Looking for somewhere to refuel and recharge your batteries? There are plenty of restaurants offering good, cheap meals to get you back on your feet again. Join the locals for Greek dancing and Cretan dishes at San Giorgio or get a taste of the homeland at the British-style Red Lion Pub. And if you’re looking for a hair of the dog, And for those seeking a taste of Mexico, why not try some tequila with dinner at Gringo’s Mexican! As they say, what happens in Malia, stays in Malia!
If you like the sound of the Malia strip, why not find out more about this lively place in our Malia destination guide?