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Paros Night Life Greece Greek Nightlife

Paros has one of the liveliest night scenes in the Cyclades not quite as mad as Mykonos or as outlandish as Ios but you're guaranteed a good night's entertainment here whether you're into all night discos and bar top dancing, Greek folk music or classical concerts.

The hottest night spot is the port of Parikia where the waterfront is awash with cafes and music bars which disgorge their customers into the big night clubs at the edge of town after midnight.

The masses congregate at the seafront as the sun starts to go down to sip an ouzo or a cocktail before heading for one of the town's many excellent restaurants. Alexandros, in a converted windmill right by the water's edge, is one of the most romantic places to enjoy a sundowner or try popular Pebbles Bar which plays classical music at sunset and has wonderful views. The plentiful seafront cocktail bars stagger their happy hours, enabling you to enjoy cheap drinks all evening. But beware of the lethal "bomba" a cheap local moonshine which the less reputable bars use to top up their colourful cocktails. It makes you very drunk very quickly.and you'll be very sorry the next morning.

Parikia offers some of the best restaurants in the Cyclades with a wide choice of Greek and international fare. If you're a seafood fan head for Porphyra just back from the waterfront behind the pier and post office. The owner farms his own shellfish in the translucent waters of Lesbos and produces exotic creations such as sea urchin salad (ouch!) and marinated ray. The restaurant is named after a shellfish renowned for its purple dye and its awesome ability to subdue its prey by drilling a hole in it. Try Levantis for top notch, creative international cuisine (the owner grows his own herbs) or Happy Green Cows for innovative vegetarian dishes. Mexican, Italian and Chinese restaurants offer an antidote to those who've had their fill of souvlaki and tzatziki.

After dining, head for the Pirate Bar, tucked away in the old town, for jazz, blues and classical music. The young locals tend to gather at Myrobolos, next to the ancient cemetery, where there's a wine bar, restaurant, live music and roof garden. For Greek music try To Rembetika below the Simple Café on the south western section of the waterfront.

If you're visiting in mid August you'll be able to enjoy the Assumption of the Virgin Mary celebration which has been observed at Ekatontapyliani Church for 1500 years. The festivities on August 15th involve a religious procession, a flotilla of flare lit boats, Greek dancing and much merrymaking well into the night.

The most raucous nightlife in town is to be found at the Dubliner / Paros Rock complex where four theme bars play different music simultaneously under the same roof and attract a heaving mass of wild young party animals.

The port has two outdoor cinemas, Cine Rex and Paros Cinema, which often screen films in English during high season.

There's another outdoor cinema at the seaside resort of Naoussa in the north of the island which also has a lively though rather more sophisticated nightlife. The resort has some wonderful ouzeria, fresh fish restaurants and traditional Greek tavernas.

The owner of Moshonas Ouzeri on the harbourfront creates tasty appetisers from fish brought in on his own boat. Papadakis also offers some of the freshest fish imaginable along with many innovative dishes and mouthwatering desserts.

Linardo and Agosta around the old harbour play dance music until late or try Camaron for Greek music. The young late night partygoers head for the big clubs such as Nostos and Privilege (up from the bus station).

For more traditional night time entertainment ask at Nissiotissa Travel in Naoussa for details of performances by the Naoussa Paros music and dance group. The group was formed in 1988 to keep alive traditional customs they perform in competitions and festivals throughout Europe and give regular performances in Naoussa, dressed in 16th century costumes, throughout the summer months.