During my summer in Greece, I learned a lot about ancient Greek mythology, but I learned much, much more about Greek nightlife… 😉 I learned that Athens and Santorini are both fun places to party, but that nothing compares to Mykonos’ clubs. I didn’t know it before I arrived, but this Greek island is one of the craziest party destinations in Europe. The Ibiza of Greece, if you will.
And it lived up to the hype.
Here are the places I loved best and where I recommend you go!
Tropicana Beach Club is located on Paradise Beach and is the perfect place to spend the day in Mykonos.
I recommend getting here around 10 or 11 am and soaking up some rays on one of their comfortable beach lounge chairs. Hang out in the sun while simultaneously ordering some drinks.
(Pro tip: the bright green Devil’s Tongue will be the most secretly strong drink you’ll have in your life, but will sufficiently prepare you for the later party at Tropicana).
These melon margaritas were also great.
A couple hours later, the real party will start by the stage. The MC is hilariously inappropriate and the music is always perfect.
If you want to get to Tropicana from the main part of Mykonos, you can take a taxi or a bus. The taxi is the most expensive means of transportation in Mykonos, so I recommend going the bus route.
It will cost you less than 2 euros. The public bus is located just outside of town at Fabrika. The ride is WINDING AND ANXIETY-INDUCING AF, but only about 20 minutes.
Paraga has the same vibe as Tropicana in that you get there early in the day, enjoy a bit of sobriety and sunlight and then jump right into the party scene that begins around 4 pm. Also similarly, you can enjoy lounge-side food & drink service.
The difference is that this place is a bit classier than Tropicana, so you won’t see quite as many bodies dancing on tables or nasty PDAs.
The other difference is that the ocean level on this beach comes just above shallow rocks, so you can have your own Jesus moment and walk on water (for the Insta) like Kiersten from The Blonde Abroad did here:
During my stay in Mykonos, I went out to Skandinavian Bar almost every night. It’s the perfect combination of dance club and casual bar, and there are different buildings for you to experience both.
The upstairs floor is the craziest area – loud, bumping EDM, girls dancing on tables, etc.
The downstairs floor in both buildings is a more low-key bar situation and the perfect spot to start out the night with your friends.
Be sure to try a lot of the shots because 1) they’re delicious and 2) they are by far the cheapest drinks I encountered in all of Mykonos. My favorites were the Blowjob Shots and the Bloody Mary!
There is also a nice patio between the two buildings with a good seating area. It’s a great place to talk, meet new people and enjoy the music as a nice background noise.
Paradise Club is actually connected to the aforementioned Tropicana Beach Club, but it’s the nighttime spot. The Club is a huge outdoor area with a swimming pool in the middle and a DJ booth at the front. There are fireworks that go off nightly and big international DJs play here often.
Paradise was a lot of fun and I recommend dressing up just a tad more than Skandinavian.
Cavo is built into the cliffside on top of a huge hill and is by far the most formal nightclub on this list. Break out the outfit you might wear to LIV Miami or 1OAK NYC and you’ll fit right in.
This club sees a constantly rotating line-up of world renowned international DJ’s, so if dance music is your scene, put Cavo on your list and keep an eye on their calendar. You’ll be right at home with confetti canyons, pyrotechnics and immersive LEDs. I had a lotttt of fun here.
General things to note about going out in Mykonos:
- Whether you’re a girl or a guy, expect to pay a cover of around 10 – 20 euros.
- Drinks in Mykonos are on the expensive side … usually around 10 euros.
- Don’t offer yourself up for body shots unless you’re prepared to take your shirt completely off.
- (Here’s my mom moment at age 23): Ladies – be safe! As a general rule of travel, don’t go home or wander off alone with a boy you don’t know. I’ve heard some horror stories and have a friend who very nearly had a very horrible experience with this in Fira, Santorini. Just be smart! 🙂 Ok, done.
Have you guys been to any of these clubs? What’s your favorite city to party in?
If you want to learn more about Mykonos, click here for my full destination guide.
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