Greek Guide


Sifnos Night Life Greece Greek Nightlife

When the sun goes down on Sifnos you'll be able to enjoy a lively night scene with numerous music bars to choose from, a good selection of dance clubs, live Greek music and traditional summer festivals. The island may not have the wild anything goes party scene of Ios or Mykonos but this is the ideal place to combine a flavour of the "real Greece " with a nightlife which continues till sun up.

The waterfront of Kamares port, where the ferries dock on the west side of the island, is the ideal place to kick off your evening with an ouzo or cocktail as you watch the sun go down. Try the Kamares Ouzeri, Collage Bar or the elegant and popular Cafe Folie at the far end of the beach which has a Caribbean flavour and a good selection of (rather pricey) cocktails.

When it comes to dining, Sifnos boasts some of the best tavernas and restaurants in the whole of the Cyclades. The island is renowned for the quality of both its olive oil and its chefs many of whom use only the freshest locally produced ingredients.

One of the best places to eat in Kamares is Boulis (under the same management as the Boulis Hotel) at the top end of the town's busy main street. The walls are lined with huge retsina barrels and succulent steaks, lamb and chicken are cooked on the outside grill. Most of the vegetables and cheese served here are produced on the family's organic farm which also rears its own livestock.

If you're a seafood fan, head for Captain Andreas owned by a local fishermen who serves his catch of the day at tables by the town beach. Across the street there's an alternative to Greek fare at Ristorante Italiano de Claudio which serves up wonderful home made pizzas.

As the evening progresses, the Old Captain Bar on the waterfront is one of the hottest spots in town (open daily to 3am) with live music and a great atmosphere. Mobilize is a popular disco where the DJs take requests until 6am.

Apollonia, the island's capital, also offers plenty of nightlife with a good choice of eateries and dance spots. Café Sifnos, next to Hotel Sifnos, is a good place to watch the sun go down with an ouzo and a selection of mezedes (those delicious Greek appetisers akin to Spanish tapas). Apostoli tou Koutouki is one of the best tavernas for simple, delicious and reasonably priced Greek dishes.

For late night entertainment head for Bodgi, a popular café bar with an outside terrace and music till 4am, Isidora (behind Hotel Anthousa) which has a dance floor and international music, or the Camel Club disco on the road out towards Platys Yialos.

The Castello disco bar is a lively dance club on the edge of the medieval village of Kastro, on the east coast of the island.

The pretty village of Artemonas, a short walk to the north of Apollonia, boasts one of the finest restaurants in the Cyclades the famous Liotrivi where mouthwatering local specialties include the kaparo salata salad of caper leaves and onions.

Check with the Aegean Thesaurus Travel Agency in Kamares or Apollonia to see if any local festivals are taking place during your visit. The island's 365 chapels and churches each have a celebration in honour of their patron saint and this generally involves a "panagiri" of much feasting, music and dancing until the small hours. One of the biggest festivals takes place in Kamares at Easter when the locals celebrate the end of the Lenten fast with fireworks, much merrymaking and the pealing of the church bells at midnight.