Greece is internationally renowned for its nightlife, and both the mainland and the Greek Islands have served as top European party destinations for decades. To navigate the array of options for fun when the sun goes down in Greece, we've rounded up the best nightlife experiences including rousing Cretan dinner shows, Athens bar crawls and wild all-night parties in Malia and Zante.
Traditional Greek Dinner Shows
Spend an evening filling up on hearty cuisine and watching live entertainment at a Greek dinner show. Get an introduction to the traditional music, dress and dances of Crete, or sip unlimited wine and tuck into local delicacies like tomatokeftedes (tomato balls) as you watch performers at a Santorini taverna. Sing and dance along if the spirit moves you—or master the basics of Greek folk dancing with a lesson before settling down to a night of delicious food and live music in Athens.
Pop a bottle of Champagne and spend a romantic evening with your other half on the honeymoon island of Santorini. Sit down at your reserved table at Palia Kameni cocktail bar in Fira, then sip your bubbles and enjoy uninterrupted views of Santorini's famous sunset.
Bar-Hopping Tours and Club Crawls
Party like a Greek on a bar-hopping tour of Athens. Get a taste of the boisterous hospitality for which Athenians are famed, and explore some of the capital's most popular nightlife districts. These tours are led by in-the-know guides who will bring you to a selection of bars, where you can chat, drink and dance with locals and other visitors. If you're in the mood to party until the sun comes up, join a nightclub crawl of Athens' beach clubs. Transport, welcome shots, fast-track entry, drink discounts and a reserved table are all included.
Zante and Malia are two of Europe's biggest clubbing meccas. Get access to the party resorts' sell-out summer events by prebooking a party package for epic parties such as the Malia Booze Cruise, Bikini Beach's Full Moon Party, Zante's Vegas-style Republic Pool Party and Zante Live, where legendary artists and DJs like Wretch 32 and Danny Howard have performed. These packages include admission fees, souvenir T-shirts and discount wristbands.