The island of Paros has plenty of drinking and dancing venues
for an exciting night out. Whatever your taste, Paros offers it.
Perhaps it doesn’t have the outrageous entertainments that you
may find in the neighbouring islands of Mykonos or Ios – but
Paros certainly knows how to party! Many of the bars, beach bars
and nightclubs are concentrated in Parikia (the capital of
Paros) and a little further northwards, down the coast at
Naoussa, although there are many beach bars throughout the
island which organise beach parties and concerts, often lasting
all night. Some suggest that Naoussa is a little more
sophisticated and it tends to be where the local population go
for their night’s entertainment whereas Parikia is thought to be
more relaxed and international. Both however are excellent and
you will be made to feel really welcome.
Whatever your taste in music you are sure to find it; from jazz,
blues, house, rock, mainstream, punk, traditional Greek,
classical and so on… you name it! Prices are always very
reasonable and below are some recommendations to try but, before
you do, two points need to be made. Firstly, as on all Greek
islands, what was successful and vibrant one year may, in fact,
have gone the next year – this may be particularly relevant now
considering the economic problems that Greece is currently
There are also many great places to dine where you can not only
sample traditional Greek cuisine but food from many countries of
the world. Choices include romantic and sophisticated
restaurants, traditional tavernas, ouzerias and fast food
The majority of the bars and cafes in Parikia are along the
seafront, with the nightclubs being a little further at the end
of the promenade at the edge of the town in an area known as the
river bank. Typically, people begin their night’s entertainment
by ‘bar hopping’ along the promenade, stopping off to eat at one
of the many excellent restaurants along the way, and ending up
in the club area at the end of the seafront after midnight. Some
of the places you should visit during your night out in Parikia
are listed in alphabetical order below:
Bars and Nightclubs:
D’Or: This great cocktail bar on the seafront of Parikia is
one of the oldest bars in the Cyclades, having been established
32 years ago in 1978. Then, and now, it is one of the main bars
in the centre of nightlife in Parikia. It is located directly on
the seafront, about half way down, just in front of the Frankish
Castle. It has plenty of very comfortable seating, both in and
outside the bar and also is one of the few places n Greece where
you will find the Egyptian Hanoukah, (or hookah/hubble bubble)
pipe – which can be ordered with your drink. The Saloon D’Or
plays great music – new and classic R&B and rap, house and
classic rock and its blaring beats and bass can be heard well
before you get there. It has a large dance floor, an
international crowd and a great atmosphere.
Dubliner: My good old friend Giannis Mourlas who part owns
with his brother George the Saloon D’Or also owns this busy club
complex on Parikia river bed region. is a legendary dancing bar
in Paros and, in fact, comprises several bars: The Salsa bar
which plays mostly salsa and Caribbean music; The Tequila bar;
the Down Under bar (a meeting place for Australian and
New Zealanders, playing music mainly from the Antipodes), and
the Dubliner bar itself which plays great dance music. In this
complex you will also find the Paros Rock Club with
fantastic rock music and the Envy Club which plays dance
music. The Dubliner is more than two blocks in length and has a
capacity of approximately 3.5 thousand people. For sporting fans
there is also a wide screen that shows Irish sporting events as
well as major live football tournaments. The Dubliner is
probably the wildest nightspot in Parikia and a great time is
Slammer Bar: Located just around the corner from the main
nightspots by the river bank, the Slammer Bar – ‘does what it
says on the tin’ – its speciality being tequila slammers. There
is a small outdoor patio and a dance floor.
Spiti, or House Bar: This unique bar is ‘alternative’ in many
ways. Located on the ground floor and courtyard of the owner’s
house in the Old Town, Spiti, is fast becoming renowned for its
non-commercial laid-back atmosphere. The main musical direction
is reggae dub, soul, funk and teckhouse music. Although Tuesdays
is given over to mostly (underground) hip hop and Wednesdays to
rock, punk and metal. It also hosts some wild parties with house
and guest DJs. It has a fan page on Facebook where you can find
out about future events and parties.
Alexandros: Easy to spot because it is a bar located in a
restored and converted windmill right on the water’s edge. A
perfect romantic place to sit, sipping a cool drink, and watch
the sun setting. Good music. Both Greek and foreign.
Alga Nightclub: Located at the end of the seafront this
tastefully decorated bar caters for a fairly young and trendy
customer. Plays club music, a lot of English top ten hits as
well as Rock, Latin and 60s music. In the tourist season it
often has lively theme nights.
Backstage: Probably the only bar in Paros where you can
hear only rock music. The music covers the range of Rock and
includes 80s, 70s, 60s music, heavy metal, punk rock, glam rock
and rock and roll. Now in its third year of business, this bar
is becoming very popular with customers returning every year.
Black Bart: If you enjoy a party atmosphere with loud music and
non-stop dancing this is a great venue. Located on the seafront.
Captain Norton's Bar: This seafront bar is perfect for relaxing
over a delicious cocktail whilst watching the sunset and the
passing ships. Tasteful mainstream music and lots of squashy
sofas to relax into.
Evinos Bar: Situated in an old beachfront house on the
seafront, close to the OTE building, Evinos Bar is always busy
and is a popular venue with locals and tourists alike. Delicious
fresh fruit cocktails and loud mainstream music including funk,
soul and American and English rock. Fantastic views of the port,
the sea and the sunset from its large terrace. .
Island: Situated in the Old Town of Parikia, the Island is a
popular club which features Greek music and dancing until the
Kialoa Club/bar: On the seafront at Parikia, the Greek
owned Kialoa is very fashionable with Greeks and tourists from
around the globe. Friendly and welcoming, it is a favourite for
early drinks and late/early morning parties. Magnificent views
are to be had from the large outdoor terrace and the cocktails
are to die for! If you enjoy Greek dancing, this is the place to
come. Music ranges from mainstream to Greek hits.
Myrobolos: Situated next to the ancient cemetery this is
another popular venue for locals, especially the younger
generation. It comprises a wine bar, restaurant, live music and
attractive roof garden.
Pebbles Bar: Beautifully, classic jazz bar and creperie,
situated on the first floor of an old house on the seafront. Its
balcony is a wonderful place to sit with your drink and watch
the sun go down, all perfectly accompanied by classical music or
jazz. During the summer there are often live jazz events at the
Pirate Jazz & Blues Bar: This authentic bar, beautifully
decorated with natural stone and wood, is located in Market
Street – in the heart of the old town, a few doors up from Hotel
Dina. As the name suggests, you can hear mostly jazz and blues
although classical music is also played when the mood dictates.
Pirate Bar has a new owner who has decided to spice things up a
little by holding spontaneous live events and Happenings. Often
has promising young musicians playing their own compositions as
well as performing covers. Open all year round and is
particularly snug in wintertime around the cosy fire.
Rembetika: Is a good place for Greek music. It is situated below
the Simple Café on the south-western side of the waterfront.
Naoussa, north of the island, also has a booming night life
although generally it is a bit more expensive than Parikia. The
location is wonderful as all the clubs, bars, restaurants and
cafes are located on the seafront of this tiny picturesque
fishing village. The nightclubs are a little more sophisticated
than you will find in Parikia and, in some, there is a dress
code. Many of the venues are housed in old renovated fisherman’s
storage areas. Below are some of the best:
Agosta: located in the old harbour, the Agosta Bar has
breathtaking views to the front of the pretty port of Naoussa
and, to the rear, of the beach of Aghios Dimitrios. The Agosta
has two floors where you can dance until late into the night.
Bareladiko: Located on Naoussa river bed, the nightclub area of
Naoussa. This club plays mainly Greek music. It has a good
dancing area and a very comfortable outdoor terrace. Open until
the early hours.
Briki: Open all day this café turns into a great little
club at night playing house and mainstream music to dance to.
Located in the Old Town by the seafront.
Buena Vista: A great dance bar which is located on Aghios
Dimitrios Beach. Converted from an old family house the club
plays a good range of mainstream music.
Café Del Mar: Like quite a few of the venues in Parikia and
Naoussa, the Café del Mar is a café/bar during the day and
becomes a bar/club at night. Located in the picturesque harbour,
practically at the water’s edge, it is perfect for an after
dinner drink. There is a good dance floor which plays mainly 90s
house music later in the evening. During the early evening you
can enjoy lounge music whilst sipping your drink with your toes
in the sea.
Linardo: This fantastic nightclub is considered by some
(especially Greeks) to be the place to go in the early hours of
the morning for non-stop partying.. Located in a building that
is over 400 years old and situated directly on the old Venetian
harbour the atmosphere created is magical. The club plays mostly
progressive house music until the early hours of the morning.
Music-Dance Naoussa: If you feel you want to see something a bit
different and more traditional, look out for posters advertising
this music and dance group. Formed in 1988 to keep up
traditional customs, the group perform regularly throughout the
summer months all over the island. Wearing traditional costumes
dating from 16th century and dancing local dances you will
certainly get a taste of Paros customs throughout history.
Nostos: This great mainstream nightclub is situated on
the outskirts of Naoussa town, close to the bus station. With
its beautiful traditional island décor it is cool and classy and
has a reputation for being a bit more upmarket than the other
clubs in Naoussa. Thus said, it has a great atmosphere and is
very popular with Greeks and foreign tourists alike.
Shark Bar: Is a small and cosy bar right on the seafront of the
harbour. Comfortable sofas on the beach for relaxing on whilst
drinking and good mainstream party music sprinkled with a little
Greek now and again.
Vareladiko: Like Nestos, the Vareladiko nightclub is situated on
the outskirts of the town by the bus station. This is the place
to go if you love Greek dance music. Great DJs and all night
Krios Beach Bar. Directly adjacent to Krios Camp site this bar
is right on the beach. Great DJ ‘Fat George’ and good music and
dancing till early hours.
Magaya. This legendary café/bar, restaurant is situated just
outside Parikia on Souvlia Beach. Walking, it takes around 15
minutes heading towards, Parsporos, Alyki and the airport but
will take only a few minutes if you go by car or bike. It is a
great place to meet up with friends and is popular with locals.
The music is a good mix of reggae, Latin and Indian and the
kitchen offers a tantalising selection of international dishes
but specialising in Asian cuisine. It has very comfortable sofas
as well as beautiful imported Thai beach beds to wallow around
in. Live events are held in the summer and the venue is suitable
for all age groups, including children.
Paros Kite Centre Beach Bar: Situated at Pounta Beach, opposite
Antiparos, this is a lively beach bar, popular with kite
boarders and windsurfers. The music is funky and the selection
of cocktails and beers are amazing. You won’t just find the
ubiquitous Mythos here – they serve 18 different kinds of beer.
Ringside views of any kite boarding and windsurfing exhibitions
taking place on the beach as you relax and take it easy.
Pounta Beach Bar: Partying goes on every night all night during
the summer. Pounta Beach Bar is a complex of bars, cafes,
restaurants, shops and swimming pools that is open day and night
on Pounta beach. The complex has some very good nightclubs where
mainstream and Greek music are played. Always busy and very
popular with young people seeking a lively time.
The port at Parikia has two outdoor summer cinemas, Cine Rex and
Paros Cinema and there is also another outdoor cinema at the
seaside resort of Naoussa. All three cinemas often screen films
in English during high season.