Zante Nightlife Greece: Bars & Clubs
Set in the stunning sapphire-blue waters of the Ionian Sea, Zante has all the right ingredients for an outstanding beach holiday. With an average temperature of around 26°C, beautiful, sun-kissed sands, and a superb array of watersports on offer, your days can be as busy or as laid-back as you want them to be.
However, holidays to Zante aren’t just for soaking up the sun. By day, you’ll find boat parties pumping out the latest tunes and serving up cool cocktails. As evening starts to fall, the famous Zante nightlife bursts into life, filling the beachfront and backstreets with club music, neon lights, and the sounds of people looking for a party. If you want your holidays to be filled with sunshine and good times, then this island has got everything you could wish for.
If you’re looking for the best Zante nightlife, then you need to head to the Laganas Strip. Set in the south of the island, it’s home to some of the best clubs and bars in Greece and attracts thousands of fun-seeking holidaymakers throughout the summer. While the crowd is predominantly British, you’ll find Italians, Swiss, Australians, Serbians and a few local partygoers, all out on the town. The Laganas Strip tends to draw a young and very lively crowd, and the music and drink prices are aimed squarely at ensuring that everyone has a good time.
The best bars to start in
The best advice for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the island’s nightlife is to start gently, or your evening could be over before it’s begun. Remember that in Greece, the evening starts much later and goes on until the small hours, so our advice is to pace yourself and don’t get started too early.
For stylish pre-club drinks head to the G-Spot Bar, along the High Street. A friendly atmosphere and table service means it’s the perfect place to sit and watch the sun goes down and the fun start. G-Spot’s strawberry daiquiris are considered to be among the best on the Strip, and the bar attracts the occasional celebrity.
The Wild Coyote bar offers a chilled-out atmosphere in which to start your evening’s festivities. However, don’t be fooled that this is just another easy-going watering hole. As things start to hot up the bar unveils its ‘Dentist’s Chair’. The chair is just like the one you’d find in any surgery, but the mouthwash tends to be of the alcoholic variety.
If you’d rather dive into the evening headfirst then Fishbowl is the place to go. This lively bar is famous for its ‘Fishbowl Cocktail’, which arrives, as you might expect, in a huge glass fishbowl. This is a good bar for groups of friends who want to set themselves up before heading off to one of the island’s nightclubs.
There are clubs by the dozen along the Laganas Strip, each with their own character and style. A cornerstone of the Zante nightlife landscape, Rescue was the first on the scene and is still the biggest of the island’s clubs. It can hold over 2,000 people and boasts three club-rooms and six bars. In addition, Rescue is the only club on the island to have a separate VIP bar and lounge. To enjoy a slice of the high-life, visit the club’s website and book your ticket in advance.
Zero’s is well known for attracting top DJs from around the world, who get the crowd going with blistering sets. While not quite as big as Rescue, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in style. Expect cocktail-twirling bartenders, foam parties, and extraordinary light shows. When you need a breather, Zero’s has its own outdoor bar, so you can cool off with a quiet drink.
The third of the ‘big three’ is Cocktail and Dreams, which does everything in its power to live up to its name. This club tends to attract those who like to be seen, so it’s worth putting your best glad-rags on if you want to blend into the crowd. With superb light shows, on-stage entertainment, and mixologists, it’s club-style-chaos with a classy edge. Cocktail and Dreams always plays fantastic music and tends to attract a crowd that’s as interested in dancing as it is in sampling the cut-price drinks.
If clubs aren’t your thing, but you enjoy a dance and a drink, look out for some of the many beach parties on your holidays to Zante. For some al fresco Zante nightlife, look out for the Cherry Bay club. Their Full Moon parties are the stuff of legend, but tickets sell out fast so book yours in advance to avoid disappointment.