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You don't come to Andros for the wildest party scene in the Greek islands but the main resort of Batsi has a plentiful supply of late night music bars and clubs where you can dance till the small hours.

This is the second biggest of the Cyclades Islands (after Naxos) but Batsi is the only major resort area. The port of Gavrio and the capital, Andros Town, both have a fairly low key nightlife but Batsi is the place to be if you're in the mood for some serious partying. At weekends, especially in the summer months, the waterfront bars and clubs swell with Athenian visitors and you can enjoy everything from rock and trance to traditional Greek music (even songs from the Ertha Kit!).

There are plenty of good tavernas serving all the usual (and some unusual) Greek fare. But don't expect the wealth of pizza joints and international restaurants which you find on the more commercialised islands.

If you're eating in town Stamatis is one of the best places to go for reasonably priced traditional Greek dishes. Sirocco is good for seafood and also serves up some different international dishes including curry.

Yiannoulis is a popular restaurant, south of Batsi in a picturesque cove on the way towards Ayia Marina, specialising in fresh fish dishes. A firm favourite with the Greeks is the Balkoni tou Aigaiou (Balcony of the Aegean), six kilometres north of Batsi at Ano Aprovato. The view is magnificent and everything is home produced and lovingly prepared the frutalia omelette (a local speciality with spicy sausage) is particularly good. This is also a good place to sample rooster in red wine which is another famous Andros dish. For frutalia fans, Oti Kalo in Batsi is also excellent quality.

You might want to try the resort's outdoor cinema before you head off to the music bars. There's a different movie every night in the summer months.

Head for Select or On the Rocks for cocktails then make your way to one of the lively late night spots such as Capriccio or Nameless. You can dance the night away at Slammer and Titanium which are two of the hottest all night clubs.

At Andros Town, on the other side of the island, the nightlife is a bit more sedate centring on the bars, cafes and tavernas which line the main street and Plateia Kairis. Heaven Rock Café in Plateia Kairis is one of the most popular late night haunts or head down to Nimborio beachfront if things are too quiet for you in town. Veggera is a two storey disco halfway along the seafront and Kavo, at the end of the promenade, plays Greek music until after 4am.

Gavrio has a number of cafes and bars along the waterfront. Marlin is a lively and popular venue but if you're into ouzo head for the upmarket Trehandiri ouzeri opposite the catamaran dock.

At Ayios Petros beach, south of Gavrio, the Marabou taverna often has live guitar music. You can usually find live Greek music at both Gavrio and Palaiopolis at the weekends.

For a quiet evening spent savouring delicious fresh seafood away from the Athenian weekenders, head for the quality tavernas to be found in unspoilt Ormos Korthiou in the south east of the island.