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Naxos Night Life Greece Greek Nightlife

Naxos may not have the wild "anything goes" party image of Mykonos but there are plenty of music bars and dance venues which stay open till dawn. Book accommodation within easy reach of Naxos Town (Hora) if a lively night scene is important to you because this is where you'll find the island's sole concentration of cocktails bars, restaurants and clubs. The beaches of Agios Prokopis and Agia Anna just to the south of the town are flanked by bars and cafes which stay open late and buzz during the summer months.

Start your evening by watching the sun go down at one of the many bars which line the waterfront of Naxos Town. Several bars offer half price drinks during "happy hour" which in many cases extends over two or three hours.

When it comes to dining, this small town offers an unexpected number and variety of restaurants you can find everything from superb fresh fish dishes to international cuisine and fast food gyros joints. One of the most popular seafood restaurants in town is Nikos on the Paralia (above the Commercial Bank). The emphasis is on locally caught fish and there's a staggering range of seafood dishes on offer along with some innovative meat alternatives. There's also a good selection of wines from the island and the rest of the Cyclades.

For excellent value traditional Greek fare head for Apostolis in Old Market Street at the foot of the old town. Or if you need a break from stuffed vine leaves and tzatziki try the nearby Old Inn where the focus is on German food including tasty home made sausages. The peaceful open courtyard is located within the walls of a former monastery and the wine cellar is housed within a former chapel.

There are two Indian Restaurants in town the Dolfini in the old town (up the steps from Ergo Bank) and East West at the southern end of town near Plateia Protodikiou. Both offer Thai dishes as well as Indian fare and East West also has some Chinese choices on the menu. There's a Mexican restaurant, Picasso's, on the other side of the road from East West.

The biggest nightclub in town is Super Island at Grotta beach which opens at 11am and throbs till sun up. The waterfront is packed with late nightspots and in high season you'll be pestered by staff trying to lure you in with offers of free shots and cheap cocktails.

Cream, Ocean and Veggera are three clubs clustered together at the southern end of the harbour near the OTE (tourist office). At the opposite end of the waterfront in the middle of the port you'll find the beautifully decorated Karma Café Bar which is a romantic spot with wonderful sea views.

Naxos by Night, between Plateia Protodikiou and the beach, offers traditional bouzouki music and Greek folk dancing.