It was once a magnet for European royalty and aristocrats, but now the second largest Greek island of Corfu is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Europe. The sun, sea and sand bring people flocking to the island, but they stay and keep coming back for the nightlife.
Corfu attracts a lot of holidaymakers taking advantage of some of the best cruise deals currently on offer, but what to do once you are on the island? There is so much choice, it’s hard to pick where to go, so here is a guide to some of the best bars, pubs and clubs in Corfu Town and on the island itself.
Drink in the Atmosphere
In Corfu Town, the cafes and bars on the Promenade and at the northern end of Splianda Square are open from early morning to late in the evening. There are also bars and cafes on most of the major roads running through Corfu Town and there are several flashy discos past the New Port targeted at groups of young tourists. Several nightclubs are also open along the northern coast running up to the beach resort of Gouvia. A few miles out of Corfu Town is a casino that has been known to attract members of the international jet set in high season.
Can’t wait for the nightlife to start? The Akron beach bar in Paleokastritsa is set right on the beach at Agia Triade. Laid back with stunning sea views and surrounded by lush vegetation, it’s an ideal place for a relaxing day on the beach with the added attraction of a small children’s playground to keep any youngsters entertained whilst you soak up the atmosphere. The restaurant offers a selection of Greek speciality dishes served in the outdoors among olive and lemon trees and grapevines. They also have a range of sophisticated cocktails.
Dance the Night Away
If cocktails are your thing, the Sonic Cocktail Bar on the main street in Acharavi has some of the best in Corfu. Open seven nights a week, early evening until late, it has a party atmosphere and a DJ playing the latest dance hits. DiZi Bar, 200km from the beach in Corfu Town is a favourite bar with locals as well as tourists and hosts Saturday and Sunday night theme parties whilst serving affordable drinks.
The Kavos Summer Club is another attraction for music lovers who enjoy a party atmosphere; it also boasts spectacular views of the beaches and forests surrounding Kavos, whilst Mount Pellion is a dramatic backdrop. B52, on the beachfront in central Ipsos, is one of the most famous bars on the island. It organises events every week during the season from beach parties to techno raves to karaoke evenings and has an outdoor as well as an indoor dance floor.
If your music tastes are a little more discerning, the Lucciola Bio Bistro Bar in the small hamlet of Tzavros, 12km from Corfu Town, is a restaurant and venue for live bands, mostly rock or blues, that play in the summer in the restaurant’s tiered garden. The Cafe Bristol in Corfu Town’s old town boasts standing room only after 7pm with people drawn by its quirky decor and range of jazz, funk and Greek music.