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Mykonos Night Life Greece Nightlife Activities

Mykonos is the undisputed party paradise of the Greek islands. It's gay, wild, over priced and lots of fun if you're into serious clubbing. This is a place where bouncers with bulging, bronzed biceps wear white sequined singlets tightly stretched across their perfect pecs!

Once the gay capital of the Aegean, Mykonos now attracts a broader clientele celebrities, politicians, the beautiful people and ordinary mortals all flock here to see and be seen at the glitzy "anything goes" clubs for which the island is now world famous.

There's still a thriving gay scene but heteros are heading here in their droves these days to sample a night life which is more than a match for the sizzling Spanish island of IbizaIbiza.

You don't have to be an all night party person to get the most out of Mykonos (but it helps). If you're into early nights, make sure your accommodation is well away from Mykonos Town and the beaches of Paradise and Super Paradise on the south coast of the island. Better still, book a holiday on the nearby sleepy island of Tinos.

The early evening scene is centred on Little Venice where you can sip a cocktail at one of the many bars and cafes which are so close to the water's edge that your feet get soaked when a boat passes. Galleraki is one of the best places in town to watch the sun go down it has tables near the water and plays the latest chart hits. The Caprice Bar is another upmarket venue and one of the most popular places to enjoy a pre club aperitif. The Veranda is a more peaceful spot in a great location it's an elegant old mansion overlooking the sea and famous windmills of Mykonos.

When it comes to eating out, there's a huge selection of traditional Greek tavernas, international restaurants and fast food gyros joints. Generally speaking you won't find the best or most affordable food in the Greek islands but there are a few exceptions. El Greco in Plateia Tria Pigadia is one of the oldest restaurants in Mykonos Town and serves traditional but unusual Greek dishes in more elegant surroundings than you'll find in your average taverna. Nearby Sesame Kitchen is one of the best places to go if you're vegetarian vegetarianism is still something of an anathema to the Greeks but this restaurant serves an excellent range of healthy and innovative dishes including many vegetarian options.

There are plenty of music bars in town where you can while away the hours until the night clubs get going around 2 3am. Many of the clubs charge a high entrance fee (especially if you're not young and beautiful with an off the wall fashion sense) and exorbitant drink prices. Pierro's dance club, near Taxi Square, is king of the late night gay scene and nearby Icarus has an outrageous and popular drag show in the early hours.

The Scandinavian Bar and nearby Irish Bar are both lively and relatively inexpensive party places attracting hordes of young revellers of all persuasions. For a more traditional night out try Thalami, near the Paraportiani Church, which specialises in Greek music and dancing.

The most famous club on the island is trend setting Cavo Paradiso built on a rock overlooking Paradise Beach. The party gets going at around 3 4am and clubbers dance until mid morning either by or in the Mykonos shaped swimming pool. The club opened in 1993 and now attracts top name DJs from the USA and Europe.the entrance and drink prices reflect its high profile and reputation.