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Mykonos beach bar and club openings and events in 2022

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PHotos of popular beach clubs on Mykonos

Some of the top beach clubs on Mykonos include, from top left: Alemagou; SantAnna; JackieO’ Beach; Tropicana; Super Paradise beach club; Nammos; Scorpios; Principote Mykonos; Pinky Beach; Solymar; Hippie Fish; Kalua; and Paradise beach club.

 

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— Updated on June 28 —

 

What’s new this year

 

A collage of images of Paraj beach club on Mykonos

Paraj is a chic new arrival at Super Paradise beach. Paraj includes a bar, a Mediterranean-Greek fine dining restaurant, and a fashion boutique. Opening day was May 7.

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Ftelia Pacha Mykonos beach club on Mykonos

Ftelia Pacha Mykonos  is a new restaurant, bar, lounge and beach venue that opened June 1 at Ftelia beach. It’s the latest project of The Destino Pacha hospitality group, which last year opened  the Destino Pacha Mykonos Hotel near Agios Stefanos beach, and the Lio Mykonos live cabaret restaurant in Mykonos Town.  Offering an “open beach experience,” Ftelia beach club will offer daily entertainment by top-tier international DJs from June 10 to September 18.

 

 

June 12 opening event with Kaz James at Ftelia Pacha Mykonos beach club on Mykonos

Kaz James will kick off his “Another Sunday” summer residency at the new Ftelia Pacha Mykonos beach club with an opening party on June 12. It will be the first of his 13 scheduled Sunday shows at the club for 2022. 

 

June 27 Ftelia Pacha Mykonos presents Themba

Themba is the feature DJ playing at Ftelia Pacha on Monday June 27. The club’s resident DJs Da Mike and Kat X also will be playing for this event.

 

June 29 Ftelia Pacha Mykonos beach club presents Guy Gerber

Guy Gerber leads the DJ lineup for the June 29 party at Ftelia Pacha. Also playing for this event are Kimonos, Nico Rac and Lica.

 

Ftelia Pacha Mykonos Musika events on Saturdays during summer 2022

Every Saturday starting July 2, Ftelia Pacha will host MUSIKA, “an immersive musical experience” presented by Storytellers

 

Ftelia Pacha Mykonos beach club presents Music on Modays with Marco Carola during summer 2022

Every Monday from July 4 to August 8, Ftelia will host DJ Marco Carola for his Music on Mykonos series of parties

 

Ftelia Pacha Mykonos beach club entertainment lineup for summer 2022

This is the full summer DJ entertainment schedule for Ftelia Pacha

 

 

 

 

 

ITBeach Mykonos restaurant and beach club

Friday June 10 was opening day for the new IT Beach Mykonos restaurant, bar and beach club at Paradise beach. The “open fire” beach restaurant,  designed in collaboration with Chef Alexandros Gkoutsi, will host a variety of music acts for its schedule of summer parties and special events. 

 

ITBeach MYkonos Wednesday DJ parties

Starting on June 29, IT Beach Mykonos restaurant and bar at Paradise beach will launch a series of parties that will take place every Wednesday until the end of August, with a roster of international DJs on the decks.

 

Schedule of Saturday parties at ITBeach Mykonos during summer 2022

This is the calendar of party events that ITBeach will hold on Saturdays during this summer

 

June 25 2022 ITBeach Mykonos presents Magdalena Magit Cacoon and Timothy Knight

Magdalena, Magit Cacoon and Timothy Knight are in the entertainment lineup at ITBeach on Saturday June 25

 

June 29 2022 ITBeach Mykonos presents Damian Lazarus

The June 29 DJ lineup at ITBeach will include Damian Lazarus, Kid Bamboo and Lance

 

 

a collage of photos of Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos

Super Paradise beach club Mykonos employee group photo

It’s not new, of course —  Super Paradise Beach Club has been a legendary Mykonos beach and party institution since 1971. But for 2022, the club essentially is a like-new place:  it has been completely redesigned and rebuilt with a more sophisticated and contemporary aesthetic and atmosphere. May 1 was  opening day for the freshly “renewed” club.

 

June 20 to 26 events schedule at Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos

This is the DJ lineup and entertainment schedule for the week of June 20 to 26 at Super Paradise 

 

June 26 Super Sundays party at Super Paradise Mykonos

DJ Giorgos Dragoutas will be playing for the June 26 Super Sundays party at Super Paradise

 

June 25 Tropicana Mykonos presents Nicola Fasano

Percussionist Walter Scalzone entertains at Super Paradise on July 2

 

Summer 2022 spec ial party events calendar for Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos

This is a calendar of special party events to be held this summer at Super Paradise. More events are expected to be announced soon.

 

July 7 2022 Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos presents Kryder

Kryder is the featured artist performing at Super Paradise on July 6

 

July 16 2022 Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos presents Switch Disco

Super Paradise presents Switch Disco on July 16

 

July 20 2022 Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos presents James Hype

James Hype plays at Super Paradise on July 20

 

July 23 2022 Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos presents Zakes Bantwini and Sun El

 Super Paradise presents Zakes Bantwini and Sun El on July 23

 

July 26 2022 Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos presents Matroda

Matroda plays for the July 26 party at Super Paradise

 

July 27 2022 Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos presents Space Motion

Super Paradise presents Space Motion on July 27

 

August 3 2022 Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos presents The Cubeguys

The Cube Guys headline the August 3 party at Super Paradise

 

August 10 2022 Super Paradise Beach Club on Mykonos presents James Hype

James Hype returns to Super Paradise on August 10

 

 

Beach bar & club opening dates & upcoming summer events

 

Paradise Beach Club Mykonos aerial view

Paradise Beach Club opened on April 9

 

Principote club at Panormos beach opened on April 20

 

 

2022 season opening announcement for Alemagou beach club on Mykonos

Alemagou beach club at Ftelia started its season on April 21

 

Alemagou beach club on Mykonos June 2022 schedule of DJ events

This is Alemagou’s DJ lineup for the rest of June

 

Alemagou beach club on Mykonos July 1 to 18 schedule of DJ events

Alemagou beach club on Mykonos Juuly 19 to 31 2022 schedule of DJ events

This is the DJ lineup at Alemagou for the month of July

 

Alemagou beach club on Mykonos Juuly 19 to 31 2022 schedule of DJ events

Alemagou beach club on Mykonos August 16 to 31 2022 schedule of DJ events

This is the August DJ schedule for Alemagou

 

Alemagou beach club on Mykonos September 2 to 17 2022 schedule of DJ events

And this is Alemagou’s DJ schedule for September

 

June 27 to July 2 music acts at Alemagou Mykonos

This is Alemagou’s DJ calendar for June 27 to July 2

 

June 29 Oasis party DJ lineup at Alemagou beach club on Mykonos

The DJ lineup for the June 29 Oasis party at Alemagou features Echonomist and Tourist ATH

 

July 1 Alemagou beach club on Mykonos presents Chaim and Jenia Tarsol

Chaim and Jenia Tarsol play for the Alemagic party at Alemagou on Friday July 1

 

Paraga Cafe at Paraga beach on Mykonos

April 29 was opening day for Paraga Cafe at Paraga beach

 

Nammos beach club at Psarou beach on Mykonos

The world-famous Nammos beach club returned on April 29

 

July 30 2022 Nammos beach club on Mykonos presents the Made in Mykonos party event

After a hiatus due to gathering restrictions imposed to control the Covid pandemic, the world-famous Made in Mykonos beach party returns to Nammos this summer.  Featuring a special music set by DJ Vassili Tsili Christos, this year’s Made in Mykonos “ultra beach experience” will take place on Saturday July 30 starting at 7 p.m.

 

 

Tropicana beach club on Mykonos

April 30 was opening day for Tropicana beach club & restaurant at Paradise beach

 

June 2022 party schedule for Tropicana beach club on Mykonos

Here’s the calendar of party and DJ events taking place in June at Tropicana 

 

July 2022 party events calendar for Tropicana beach club on Mykonos

This is Tropicana’s calendar of events for July

 

Tropicana beach club Mykonos daily parties summer 2022

Beach parties take place every day at Tropicana, starting at 4:30 p.m.

 

Tropicana beach club Mykonos champage showers parties during summer 2022

Tropicana beach club throws champagne showers parties every Wednesday after 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Agrari beach bar at Agrari beach on Mykonos

May 1 was opening day for Agrari Beach Bar at Agrari beach

 

2022 season opening announcement for Kalua beach club on Mykonos

May 6 was opening day for Kalua restaurant and bar at Paraga beach

 

JackieO Beach Club on Mykonos

Friday May 6 was season opening day for JackieO’ Beach Club at Super Paradise 

 

Anna Vissi Red Summer Tour schedule summer 2022

On August 2, Greek pop music superstar Anna Vissi brings her Red Summer Tour to Mykonos, where she will make her annual appearance at JackieO Beach Club

 

Facebook photo of Solymar beach restaurant on Mykonos

Solymar at Kalo Livadi opened on May 7

 

Summer 2022 Solymar Mykonos presents Thanassis Vassilopoulos and his band

Thanassis Vassilopoulos and his band will be performing at Solymar on eight dates between July 8 and September 9

 

 

Scorpios Mykonos photo from the beach clubs page on Facebook

Scorpios started its season on May 8

 

Bedouin residency dates during summer 2022 at Scorpios beach club on Mykonos

Scorpios has announced that Bedouin will appear at the club for a “10-week stint of beachside experimentation” that begins on June 28. “Their weekly live performances will leave space for improvisation, acting as a sounding board for an upcoming compilation,” the club says.

 

 

June 27 to July 3 music rituals at Scorpios beach club on Mykonos

Here is the schedule of music rituals and DJs/performers at Scorpios for the week of June 27 to July 3

 

June 25 entertainment lineup at Scorpios beach club on Mykonos

Valeron & Band play their weekly gig at Scorpios on June 25

 

June 26 music entertainment at Scorpios beach club on Mykonos

&ME and Adam Port, the founders of Berlin’s Keinemusik, will perform at Scorpios on Sunday June 26

 

June 27 entertainment lineup at Scorpios beach club on Mykonos

Uji & Kaleema and Valentin Huedo entertain for the Sunset Ritual at Scorpios on June 27

 

June 28 entertainment lineup at Scorpios beach club on Mykonos

The June 28 entertainment lineup at Scorpios features Bedouin and Hoomane

 

June 29 entertainment lineup at Scorpios beach club on Mykonos

Huaira and Malin Linnea perform at Scorpios on June 29

 

June 30 2022 Scorpios beach club on Mykonos presents All Day I Dream

Lee Burridge, HOJ and  Pippi Ciez will perform for the June 30 All Day I Dream music event at Scorpios

 

July 14 2022 Scorpios beach club on Mykonos presents All Day I Dream

Lee Burridge, Double Touch and Tommy Raffa will entertain for the All Day I Dream music event at Scorpios on July 14

 

2022.09.05 Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos presents DJs Heavy G and Marianna

All Day I Dream returns to Scorpios on September 15 with Lee Burridge, Sebastien Leger and Tommy Raffa in the DJ lineup

 

 

Tiki Mykonos restaurant and bar at Elia beach Mykonos

Tiki Mykonos, the waterfront bar and restaurant at the Greco Philia Hotel at Elia beach, opened in early May

 

Hippie Fish beach club at Agios Ioannis beach on Mykonos

Hippie Fish restaurant and beach club at Agios Ioannis beach opened on Tuesday May 10

 

Hippie Fish beach club on Mykonos weekly SOI parties for summer 2022

Again this summer, Hippie Fish is hosting twice-weekly SOI parties.  On Tuesdays the parties feature music by Maglia and his friends, while DJ Gregory and others will be on the decks for the Saturday events.

 

Hippie Fish Mykonos Sunday Greek parties

Hippie Fish throws a Greek Night party every Sunday at 9 p.m.

 

 

Pinky Beach Mykonos

Pinky Beach restaurant and beach club at Agia Anna-Paraga beach opened May 12

 

Bordello Mykonos event schedule 2022

 For the second season in a row, Pinky Beach will host the Bordello Mykonos series of parties featuring dinner, live entertainment shows and DJ sets. The events are geared primarily to the large legion of Italian visitors s who flock to Mykonos for their holidays each summer.

 

August 8 2022 Bordello Mykonos presents Gigi DAlessio

 Italian singer-songwriter Gigi D’Alessio will perform for the Bordello Mykonos dinner show and party at Pinky Beach Club on August 8

 

 

SantAnna beach club at Paraga beach opened on Monday May 16

 

July 2022 entertainment program at SantAnna beach club on Mykonos

This is the July entertainment program at SantAnna

 

 

Utopia events at SantAnna beach club on Mykonos

Every Wednesday  SantAnna hosts the Utopia party featuring music by DJ Philip Z with live performances by George K on drums and Tiago Astori on Saxophone

 

June 23 2022 SantAnna beach club on Mykonos presents DJ Essie De Vall

On Thursday June 23, Las Chicas Picantes presents DJ Essie De Vall at SantAnna beach club. The party starts at 4 p.m.

 

SantAnna beach club on Mykonos presents Golden Azhar pool parties every Saturday

On June 25, SantAnna beach club will kick off Golden Azhar, a weekly series of pool parties featuring music by the club’s resident DJs, Velvet Mode and Cayler. The parties will take place every Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

 

June 30 SantAnna beach club presents DJ Essie De Vall

DJ Essie De Vall will be on the decks at SantAnna on June 30

 

SantAnna beach club on Mykonos DJ sets July 1

Stephan Jolk, Massano and Gosha bring their minimal techno beats to SantAnna beach club on Friday July 1

 

July 4 SantAnna beach club on Mykonos presents Sophia Lin

On Thursday July 7, DJs Sophia Lin and Essie De Vall will play for the Las Chicas Picantes event at SantAnna

 

July 8 SantAnna beach club on Mykonos presents Dubfire and Joris Voorn

Dubfire and Joris Voorn will perform for the Phos party at SantAnna on July 8

 

July 9 2022 SantAnna beach club presents DaBaby

DaBaby will perform at SantAnna on Saturday July 9

 

July 14 SantAnna beach club on Mykonos presents Chelina Manuhutu

The Thursday July 14 Las Chicas Picantes party at SantAnna will feature music by DJs Chelina Manuhutu and Essie De Vall

 

July 15 Phos presents Wade at SantAnna beach club on Mykonos

Wade will perform at SantAnna for the Phos party on July 15

 

July 15 Phos presents Davide Squillace at SantAnna beach club on Mykonos

Davide Squillace also will be playing for the Phos event at SantAnna on July 15

 

Tyga at SantAnna beach club on Mykonos

Tyga will perform at SantAnna on Tuesday July 19

 

July 28 2022 SantAnna beach club on Mykonos presents Jason Derulo

Multi-award winning American singer-songwriter Jason Derulo will perform at SantAnna on Thursday July 28

 

Caravan Serai parties on Mykonos summer 2022

Caravan Serai will be hosting special party events at SantAnna beach club on July 31 and August 7, featuring music by CJ Jeff, Gonçalo and other international DJs

 

 SantAnna beach club on Mykonos presents DJs Black Coffee and Themba

DJs Black Coffee and Themba will be spinning at SantAnna on August 1

 

August 9 2022 SantAnna Beach Club on Mykonos presents Tyga

On Tuesday August 9, Tyga returns to SantAnna for his second live perforamnce at the club this summer

 

August 15 2022 SantAnna beach club on Mykonos presents DJs Ilario Alicante and Paco Osuna

SantAnna beach club presents DJs Ilario Alicante and Paco Osuna on Monday August 15

 

August 16 2022 SantAnna beach club on Mykonos presents French Montana

SantAnna beach club presents French Montana on August 16

 

August 22 2022 SantAnna beach club on Mykonos presents Black Coffee

Black Coffee returns to SantAnna on Monday August 2

 

 

Liasti beach club on Mykonos

Liasti restaurant, bar and beach club at Lia beach opened May 18

 

Pasaji beach clun on Mykonos seen in an image from its social media pages

May 19 was opening day for Pasaji, the restaurant, shisha lounge and beach bar complex at Ornos beach

 

 

Lohan Beach House image shared on social media to announce the end of the clubs 2021 season

May 26 was opening day for Lohan Beach House at Kalo Livadi

 

Sueno Pool Bar at Paraga beach on Mykonos

Sueno Pool Bar at Paraga beach started its 2022 season in late May

 

July 2 and 8 Sueno Beach Club Mykonos presents Sommers

Sommers [UK] have been on Mykonos this summer to check out and collaborate with local DJs. In July, they will be playing two gigs at Sueno — first on July 2, and again on July 8.

 

 

A Christmas fairy tale in Sparta

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The Drop Cafe in Sparta Greece

Christmas elves have transformed The Drop Cafe in Sparta into a fairy-tale wonderland for the holiday season

 

All decked out: With snow on the ground and ski resorts opening in various parts of the country this month, it’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas in Greece. Especially in the Peloponnese city of Sparta, where festive elves have turned The Drop Cafe into a sensational Christmas wonderland.

The cafe describes itself as a “themed coffeehouse,” serving coffees, cocktails and deliciously decadent desserts  in a quirky yet cozy mansion-style living room space. The place delights in dressing itself up for special seasonal events, and for Christmas it goes over-the-top with fantastically festive decor.

This year, decorating duties were assigned to a team of exuberant elves who magically transformed the place into a dreamy setting that looks like something you would see in a Hollywood Christmas movie.

“Many times you may have wondered what it might be like to live in a Christmas fairy tale. The elves took care of that!” says the caption for a video The Drop Cafe posted on its social media pages on December 10, showing the sparkling lights and festive trim that adorn the shop from top to bottom, inside and out.

Besides going all-out with garlands, Christmas tree ornaments and twinkling lights, the multi-talented elves concocted a special Christmas cocktails list (the red velvet is one of the most popular drinks on the menu), along with heart-warming seasonal beverages like cinnamon apple tea and hot chocolate “bombs,” all of which pair well with the cafe’s scrumptious cakes and sweet treats.

You can bet that children will be thrilled by the display, which features countless lights and ornaments, stuffed animals, toy elves, a circus carousel and a giant Christmas cake, while adults are bound to feel like they’re experiencing Christmas as kids all over again.

The cafe unveiled its Christmas look in mid-November. We reached out to ask how long management plans to keep the decorations up, but haven’t heard back yet. If you’re within driving distance of Sparta, we recommend taking a roadtrip there ASAP to partake in some holiday cheer and experience a real-life Christmas fairy tale.

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The Drop Cafe

Likourgou 142, Sparta

Instagram: @the_drop_cafe

Facebook: @thedropcafebistrot

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Below are several photos of the cafe’s glowing and glittering holiday decor, all of which were shared on The Drop Cafe’s social media pages. Check out their Instagram and Facebook profiles to see more photos and videos of their Christmas garb, as well as their theme decors from this past Halloween, last Christmas, and seasons in between.

 

The Drop Cafe in Sparta Greece

The Drop Cafe in Sparta Greece

The Drop Cafe in Sparta Greece

The Drop Cafe in Sparta Greece

The Drop Cafe in Sparta Greece

The Drop Cafe in Sparta Greece

The Drop Cafe in Sparta Greece

 

Mykonos restaurants, bars, clubs & more: What’s new for 2021

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Baboulas Ouzeri on Mykonos

Baboulas Ouzeri has returned to the Mykonos Town harbourside alongside one of the island’s most-photographed landmarks — Mathios, the oldest hand-hewn fishing boat on Mykonos

 

Updated on August 25 2021

 

Island unlocked:  After a long winter of Covid-19-related lockdowns ended and Greece reopened its borders to international tourists in the spring, Mykonos quickly bounced back to life.

Visitors arrived on Mykonos to find many familiar faces — their favourite bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels and shops — open and anxiously waiting to welcome them back.

Also eager to greet them were dozens of newly-established businesses opening their doors for the very first time — bakeries, cafes, coffee shops, bars, cocktail lounges, street food and casual eateries, fine dining restaurants, live entertainment venues, retail stores, hotels, rental accommodations, and more.

These new traveller-focussed enterprises further expand the already vast variety of drinking, dining, leisure and lodging choices on Mykonos, further cementing the island’s solid position and reputation as one of the top summer holiday destinations in the world.

In this post, we will introduce you to many of this year’s newcomers, along with some of the noteworthy newbies from last year. (We’re including them since this is essentially their first full summer of operation — the 2020 season started late and ended early due to disruptions caused by the Covid pandemic, while few people were able to visit Mykonos because of international travel restrictions.)

 

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Azul Condesa

Azul Condesa modern Mexican restaurant in Mykonos

With its “modern Mexican cuisine” and sweeping patio views of the sea and sunset, Azul Condesa has been drawing crowds since it opened on May 28.  The menu includes nachos, soups, salads, starters, ceviche, tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, fajitos, burritos and main courses, along with beverage list ranging from classic and frozen margaritas to sangria, tequila, shots and a  selection of popular cocktails.  The restaurant takes pride in its homemade corn tortilla flours for tacos and burritos, and in its picanhas, beef tagliata and other meats seasoned in “unique and exceptional marinades of our Mexican chefs.”  You’ll find Azul Condesa in the Argyraina area, along the peripheral highway above Mykonos Town.

Facebook: @azulcondesamykonos

Instagram: @azulcondesamykonos

Web:  Azul Condesa Modern Mexican Cuisine 

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Mykonos Social by Jason Atherton

Mykonos Social restaurant on Mykonos

Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atherton has chosen Mykonos as the location for his first restaurant in the Mediterranean. Designed as “a bespoke, all-day dining destination,” Mykonos Social opened June 16, and boasts impressive sea views from its open-air patio perched above the private beach of the luxurious  Santa Marina Resort at Ornos. When they’re not mesmerized by the views, guests will be gobsmacked by the food — the menu features Atherton’s creative interpretations of  Mediterranean and Greek cuisine. The restaurant bar serves Tiki-style cocktails and fine wines, while an in-house DJ plays the perfect tunes to match the clientele’s mood and the sublime resort atmosphere.

Facebook: @MykonosSocial

Instagram: @mykonossocial

Web: Santa Marina Restaurants & Bars

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Platis Souvlaki Grillbar

Platis Souvlaki shop on Mykonos

People staying in the Platis Gialos beach area won’t have to travel into Mykonos Town anymore to get a taste of Greece’s favourite fast food treats — gyros and souvlaki. With the June 11 opening of Platis Souvlaki Grillbar, at the Argo Hotel, visitors can now grab a budget-friendly gyros on their way to or from the beach. The grillbar menu includes gyros and souvlaki served in either pita sandwiches or meal portions, vegetarian pita, sausage and kebab pita, chicken skewers, salads, appetizers and more, all at reasonable prices. Platis Souvlaki joins three other shops that opened at the Argo Hotel last summer — a bakery, fashion boutique and hair & nail salon, which you can read about on page 2 of this post.

Facebook: Platis Souvlaki Restaurant

Instagram: @platissouvlaki

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Woba Street Food

Woba Street Food Project on Mykonos

The Lakka area of Mykonos Town is always bustling with pedestrian traffic since it’s home to the Fabrica bus station and dozens of cheap ‘n cheerful cafes and bars.  Woba Street Food Project by Haris Papazoglu has been drawing even more people to the area since it opened on June 12.  Woba’s handmade, steamed bao buns have practically been flying out of the kitchen since opening day.  The buns come with a choice of main ingredients including chicken, port, tempura shrimp, creamy mushroom, Caesar, rib eye and duck. There’s even bao buns with hot dog or chicken nuggets, and sweet boa with Buenno or banofee.  The menu also offers buckets of chicken wings, nuggets and fried chicken; four varieties of fried potatoes; shrimp chips, crap popcorn and other finger foods; and Thai chicken or crispy duck salads.  

Facebook: Woba Streetfood Mykonos

Instagram: @woba_streetfood_mykonos

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La Barran

La Barran Bar on Mykonos

Owned and operated by a couple of young lads who were born and raised on the island, La Barran  cocktail bar quickly captures attention with its slick and curvaceous white bar and its distinctive illuminated ceiling. It’s situated on Enoplon Dinameon Street, which winds through one of the busiest bar and nightclub districts of Mykonos Town. (Regular visitors will know the location as the premises previously occupied by the Replay clothing store.) La Barran opened in late  April, and has been a popular hangout for locals and visitors alike ever since.

Facebook: labarranmykonos

Instagram: @labarranmykonos

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JackieO’ Cantina

JackieO Cantina on Mykonos

 Mykonos welcomed a new arrival to the JackieO’ family on June 21. The JackieO’ Cantina is a casual  eatery situated right next door to its eldest sibling, the highly popular JackieO’ Town Bar on the Mykonos Town seafront. (The middle child of the family is the JackieO’ Beach club at Super Paradise.) The cantina menu includes a selection of dosas, gyros, souvlaki, salads, sides and beverages. Customers can either dine indoors or sit at tables on the open-air patio overlooking the harbour — a great spot for people watching.

Facebook: JackieO’ Mykonos

Instagram: @jackieomykonos

Web: JackieO Mykonos

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Koozen

Koozen restaurant on Mykonos

For summer 2021, Aeolos Resort has opened a new in-house fine dining restaurant, Koozen, which offers a menu of Greek and Mediterranean “comfort cuisine” created by renowned Greek chef Athinagoras Kostakos, culinary director of the Meraki restaurants in London and Riyadh, as well as Scorpios and Noema on Mykonos. For Koozen’s a la carte menu, Kostakos has conceived dishes that will take diners “on a trip to the traditional flavours of Greece, with modern touches,” says the Aeolos Resort website.  Guests seem to be enjoying their culinary journeys; in reviews posted on TripAdvisor, they have praised the service, flavours and high quality of the food, and have commented that Koozen’s prices are very “reasonable” and “affordable” by Mykonos standards.  Koozen opened in May, and operates from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Instagram: @koozen_mykonos

Web: Aeolos Hotel Restaurant

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Drunk Monkey

Drunk Monkey bar on Mykonos

The Covid pandemic forced restaurants and bars around the world to add delivery and take-out service options to keep their businesses afloat during lockdowns. On Mykonos, two young entrepreneurs saw a promising opportunity and  established Drunk Monkey, a take-away cocktail bar that also offers delivery service. The bar opened in early July of 2020, inviting visitors to “explore the island with a cocktail” and reminding them: “Cocktail first — Because no great story ever started with a glass of water.” The bar’s distinctive take-out containers and logo were soon spotted all over the island. You’ll find Drunk Monkey next door to Niko’s Taverna, behind the Mykonos Town Hall.  This year the bar opened July 20 for its second season.

Facebook: @drunkmonkeymykonos

Instagram: @drunkmonkeymykonos

Web: Drunk Monkey Mykonos

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PERE UBU Mykonos

Pere Ubu Mykonos restaurant at Kalesma hotel on Mykonos

PERE UBU, the in-house restaurant at the new Kalesma luxury hotel, has been making its mark as one of the island’s top destinations for fine dining under the direction of Chef Costas Tsingas, whose gastronomic philosophy “blends fresh local produce with high-end culinary craft”  to take diners on a refined journey through flavour.” “From Athens to New York, he watches, listens & tastes, creating a culinary tapestry that touches on the best of global gastronomy. Connected to the world, rooted in Greece, PERE UBU Mykonos is a journey into contemporary dining,” the restaurant’s social media pages say. “We serve small ‘mezes’ plates, full meals or light lunches by day, and by night PERE UBU transforms into a vibrant social hub with innovative cocktails and gratifying menus,” the Kalesma website states. Indeed, the restaurant has regularly hosted sunset entertainment by DJs Yiannis Mitsokapas and Evridiki from Zucca Radio, and on July 22 held a special summer barbecue feast “guided by the culinary craftsmanship of Beastalis.”

Facebook: @PereUbuMykonos

Instagram: @pere_ubu_mykonos

Web: Kalesma Mykonos Fine Dining

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What a Ride

A collage of photos of the What A Ride toasteria in Mykonos

The take-away shop What A Ride quite literally became the toast of the town when it opened in early July, offering a satisfying and scrumptious street food alternative to burgers, gyros and souvlaki. Its signature toasted sandwiches — “no ordinary toasties,” as the shop proudly proclaims — have been taking its customers’ tastebuds on a deliciously fun ride.  The menu includes such tantalizing toast fillings as steak, cheese, and lobster, and What a Ride sells a selection of craft beers and wines to complement its custom toasties-to-go. You can find the toasteria on Polikantrioti Street near the harbourside promenade. It operates from early evening until the crack of dawn, so it’s a perfect place to grab a late-night bite to eat while clubbing and bar-hopping (or an early breakfast if you manage to party until daybreak).

Facebook: What a Ride Mykonos

Instagram: @whataride.mykonos

 

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Farma House

Farm House music club on Mykonos

A “new concept” venue spotlighting the “experimental sound of Mykonos,” Farma House is an open-air lounge where guest DJs play sets from sunset until late at night. It describes itself as “the other place” of the after-hours Sanctus club in Mykonos Town, and features some of the artists who perform there. Farma House opened on June 25, and  its DJ lineup so far this summer has included Brina Knauss, Patrice Baumel, Arodes, Ivory and Joy Rapotez. The club is situated at Ftelia beach on the site of the former Farma restaurant.

Facebook:  @farmamykonos

Instagram: @farmahouse_mykonos

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Baboulas

Baboulas Ouzeri on Mykonos

There’s always plenty of new things to discover on Mykonos, but occasionally something old is suddenly new again on the Island of the Winds. Like Baboulas Ouzeri, for example.  Long-time visitors to Mykonos will remember Baboulas, which is situated on the harbourfront area of Mykonos Town called Kaminaki. With its traditional tables and chairs positioned on the rocky shoreline alongside a brightly painted fishing boat named Mathios, Baboulas was one of the most picturesque places in town — a veritable magnet for photographers long before Instagram existed. Mathios was an island icon, attracting tourists eager to snap pictures of octopus hanging from its sail ropes against a stunning backdrop of shimmering turquoise water and the whitewashed buildings lining the opposite side of the harbour.  Starting around 2012, the Baboulas location began operating as a restaurant called Salparo Seafood. But this year Baboulas is back, offering simple and authentic Mykonian cuisine, ouzo and Greek spirits — and friendly service — “just like the old days.”  And while much has changed on Mykonos during its hiatus — especially the island’s culinary scene, which has seen the arrival of scores of high-end restaurants — Baboulas is proud to call itself “the least gourmet restaurant on the island.”  Baboulas re-opened on June 14 and will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. 

Facebook: @baboulasmykonos

Instagram: @baboulasmykonos

 

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Parthenis Cafe

a collage of photos of Parthenis Cafe in Mykonos

The Parthenis men’s and women’s clothing shop at Alefkandra Square has been a Mykonos retail icon since it was opened in 1978 by internationally-recognized Greek fashion designer Dimitris Parthenis.  The boutique has long been a must-visit shopping stop for fashionistas, who appreciate the Parthenis  aesthetic  that combines “comfort with simplicity, enveloped through a timeless twist of elegance, deeply linked to the essence of Greek summer.” This summer, the shop added a cafe and lounge, which has been designed to exude the same characteristics — “simplicity, comfort and elegance” — as the clothing brand and the historic house in which its flagship Mykonos is situated. The outdoor space offers visitors a place to enjoy the Little Venice scenery and sunsets while relaxing with a cocktail,  glass of wine or a meal, with a DJ playing music curated to follow the local mood, rhythm and flow.

Facebook: @partheniscafe

Instagram: @partheniscafe

Web: Orsalia-Parthenis

 

Please click on the link below to continue reading on page 2, where we preview more of the exciting new places to drink, dine, party and relax on Mykonos.

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Mykonos springs to life as more bars & restaurants open, first cruise ship of 2019 visits

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The beachfront of Tasos Taverna is seen in a photo posted on Facebook to announce its March 23 season opening.  Located on Paraga beach, Tasos has been serving customers since 1962.

 

Season starts: Spring has only just sprung, but the tourism season on Mykonos has kicked off with a spate of bar and restaurant openings, plus the arrival of the first cruise ship of 2019.

During the period of March 15 to 25, at least 10 establishments were set to officially open their doors, including two beach restaurants and, in Mykonos Town, several popular eateries and a bar.  March 15 also marked the start of cruise ship port calls into Mykonos, with a visit by the Celestyal Cruises ship, Olympia.

On most Greek islands, the annual tourist season is fairly short, and typically runs from the beginning of May until the end of September. With more than 10 places opening up during the third week of March, it might sound like Mykonos is getting things off to an unusually early start. But during the last four years, there has been a similar number of food and drink venues launching their seasons at this time, so I haven’t been surprised to hear of this month’s openings.

The cruise ship visits, on the other hand, have indeed commenced sooner than in previous years.  A March 18 news report by Greek Travel Pages notes that Celestyal launched its 3- and 4-night Aegean cruises two weeks earlier this year compared to last. It also is extending its season by two weeks in the fall, in response to what  Celestyal says is a rising demand for travel before and after the summer season.

I, too, have noticed a greater interest in off- or early-season travel to Greece this year, both in messages and inquiries sent to my blog, and from requests for advice posted on the TripAdvisor Greece travel forums.  This year I have fielded more questions than ever before from people who booked trips to Mykonos for dates in February, March and April. Many of those who wrote to me, or posted questions in online forums, were worried they wouldn’t have anywhere to eat or drink on Mykonos because they heard rumours that the island’s businesses are shut tight as a drum until May. That’s simply not true, since there are restaurants and bars that stay open all winter to serve the local population. The good news for people travelling to Mykonos between mid-March and May is that they will now have a much wider selection of places to enjoy a drink or meal, with more businesses opening each week until summer.

 

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Apaggio, located on the seaside at Ornos, is open every day of the year. In fact, it hasn’t closed since it opened in 2013. Apaggio specializes in fresh fish and seafood, but guests also can choose from salads, warm and cold appetizers, meat and pasta dishes, Greek dishes and more.  It has an extensive wine list, and a vast selection of ouzo and tsipouro.  During winter, Apaggio is open from 12 noon until 11 p.m. The restaurant has an indoor dining room as well as a large seaside patio, seen in the photo above from the Apaggio website.

 

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Raya, an all-day restaurant and bar positioned on the harbourside promenade in Mykonos Town, is one of the island businesses that doesn’t close up shop when the tourist season ends — it stays open all year. And it’s not just popular for food and drinks: Raya is known for its special Sunday parties, with music by DJs from Mykonos and Athens. This photo is from the Raya page on Facebook.

 

Please click on the link below to turn to page 2, where you can see which bars and restaurants have opened on Mykonos this month, along with places that opened even earlier, or have been open throughout the winter.

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Athens nightlife: Where to party with the locals

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Millenium GAZI club in Athens

Scenes from Millenium GAZI, one of dozens of clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the Karameikos metro station in the buzzing Gazi entertainment district of Athens

 

After dark: Wondering where to find a great party scene while you’re visiting Athens? Check out the article Athens nightlife: where do locals go? published recently on the Odiporikon travel tips website.

Written by an Athens-born blogger, the article notes that Athens offers “a very rich variety” of places to enjoy a night on the town. “Avoid the tourist traps and try out places a little further from the usual path,” the article advises.

To that end, it describes the top Athens party districts and how to reach them using the local public transit system and taxis.

Areas listed in the blog post include:

♦ Thissio

♦ Ag. Eirini Square

♦ Kolokotroni Street

♦ Gazi

♦ Psirri

♦ Exarcheia

♦ Chalandri

♦ Glyfada, and

♦ Mikrolimano

Be sure to bookmark the guide to keep on hand for your trip to Athens.

OPUS Inner Pleasure Glyfada

OPUS Inner Pleasure is one of many hot hangouts in the Glyfada coastal suburb of Athens. It’s a restaurant-cafe by day and a party club at night.

 

Top smoke-free Athens bars and restaurants for non-smokers

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Mama Roux Athens

The open-air terrace at Mama Roux is shown in a  photo from the restaurant’s Facebook page. Mama Roux is among 10 top Athens cocktail bars & restaurants that expressly forbid smoking on their premises, according to an article from the Greece Is culture and gastronomy website.

 

Breathe better: From a visitor’s point of view, there are very few negative things I can say about Greece. I love going there, and wouldn’t publish this website if I didn’t. But like any place on Earth, it’s not a perfect paradise and it does have some drawbacks. The biggest, from my personal perspective, is the wide prevalence of smoking — not just by locals, but by tourists, too.

I’m seriously allergic to tobacco smoke — it makes me intensely nauseous, and it hinders my breathing. It also stings my eyes and sticks to my contact lenses, leaving them scratchy and uncomfortable. And it doesn’t matter if I’m inside a building or outdoors — if someone lights up nearby, the impact of their smoke is just as severe.

It seems I have plenty of company: I’ve received messages from other people with smoke allergies, and I’ve spoken to numerous travellers (mainly from the USA and Canada) who have commented on the pervasiveness of smoking even in places where it’s supposed to be illegal. 

Happily, I have found cigarette smoke less of a nuisance in recent years than it was during each of our Greek holidays prior to 2009. That was the year Greece enacted legislation to ban smoking in many public places, and though the law has often been ignored since it took effect, I have encountered far fewer people puffing in places where I can’t easily escape their smoke, such as in shops, restaurants and hotels, or on public transit. I still have occasional problems, but I breathe much easier in Greece now than I did up to 2009.

Nevertheless, a meal in a restaurant or a coffee break in a cafe can be ruined for me if another customer or someone on staff lights up. No matter how far away I sit from a smoker (and I actually have changed tables to avoid some), their smoke will waft in my direction and give me grief. 

 

Since I’ve often wondered if there’s anywhere I could go where I could be guaranteed someone wouldn’t be smoking at the table beside me, I was glad to find an article entitled Athenian Hangouts Without Smoke, which was published at the end of March on the excellent Greece Is culture and gastronomy.

Written by Maria Coveou, the article profiles 10 Athens restaurants and cocktail bars “which are smoke-free in theory and in practice, and where exceptions are never made.”

I haven’t been to any of the establishments yet (though I have walked past one — the legendary Zonars restaurant and lounge), but I have bookmarked the article to keep on hand for my next trip to Athens.

If you’re planning to visit Athens and you’re a non-smoker yourself, click here to read Maria’s article and save it for future reference. 

And if you happen to know of other bars and restaurants in Athens (or anywhere else in Greece) that steadfastly forbid tobacco smoking on their premises, please let me and my non-smoking readers know by adding a comment to this post (simply click on the word “comments” under the headline at the top of this article, and write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box.) Those of us with cigarette smoke allergies will be immensely grateful for the information!

 

Zonars restaurant Athens Greece

One of the city’s most famous restaurants and lounge bars, Zonars is another establishment where non-smokers can enjoy a drink or meal in an environment free of tobacco smoke. This street-view photo of Zonars was shared on Facebook by Aspasia Taka Architects.

Mykonos set for 2015 season with over 100 new places to eat, drink, shop, sleep and party

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Cayenne Mykonos restaurant logo

Located at Tourlos, just a short walk from the New Port, Cayenne is among dozens of brand-new businesses on Mykonos this year. 

 

[Updated October 30 2015]

 “Crisis? What crisis?” That’s a question many regular visitors to Mykonos will probably ask when they see the more than 100 new and completely-renovated businesses that have opened on the island this year.

While Greece shudders through its sixth straight year of devastating economic turbulence,  Mykonos appears to be in a different world altogether, virtually unscathed from the recession that has ravaged the rest of the country.

Last year, the island enjoyed a record year for tourism — receiving more than 2 million visitors — and some longtime local residents told me they could not recall ever seeing the island as crowded and busy as it was during July and August. Hotels were filled to capacity, flotillas of luxury yachts were common sights at many beaches, and champagne flowed by the caseload at bars and restaurants across the island. As I reported in a July 16 2014 post, hotel rates reached higher levels, too, with the international online travel firm Trivago noting that prices had soared as much as 61% over the previous year.

 

 

International brands flocking to Mykonos

In anticipation that even more tourists with thick wallets will arrive in 2015, local and international companies have been pouring millions of Euros into the construction of new hotels, shops, bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as the renovation or upgrading of existing properties. Indeed, since late last autumn, Mykonos has been experiencing an unprecedented building boom as small armies of contractors swarmed around the island in a rush to finish dozens of projects. Global business brands flocked to the island in droves, scooping up any available real estate for their new Mykonos outlets.

With many of the new enterprises aimed at affluent travellers, Mykonos mayor Konstantinos Koukas has told local media he’s confident that the island is now well-poised to compete for a bigger share of the the world’s luxury travel market, and will successfully lure big spenders who usually flock to other Mediterranean hotspots like St Tropez, Monaco and Ibiza.

To see what’s new on Mykonos this year, please click on the convenient quick links below:

Click here for page 2 to read about new and newly-renovated restaurants in Mykonos Town,  Tourlos, and the Ano Mera area.

Click here for page 3, which describes  new and renovated beach restaurants, as well as the island’s two big new beach clubs, Monarch and Scorpios.

Click here for page 4, which highlights new and renovated nightlife venues in Mykonos Town, including bars, nightclubs, and shisha lounges; and

Click here for page 5, which introduces you to the island’s new spas, retail shopping establishments, and hotels.

 

Food Mall Mykonos image from the restaurants' Facebook page

More than two dozen new restaurants opened on Mykonos for 2015, and five of them can be found under one roof at the Food Mall Mykonos on the highway between Mykonos Town and Ano Mera.

 

Aerial view of Scorpios Mykonos

Widely recognized as the hippest new beach club on Mykonos for 2015, the Scorpios Beach Restaurant and Bar became one of the most popular places on the island within weeks of its opening in an “idyllic haven” on a peninsula between Paraga and Platis Gialos. 

 

Monarch Restaurant & Beach Club at Kalo Livadi Mykonos photo from its website

Another new beach club and restaurant is Monarch at Kalo Livadi, which boasts cuisine designed by a Michelin-starred chef, comfy beachfront lounge chairs, and occasional special events and big parties. 

 

Buddha-Bar Beach restaurant and bar at Santa Marina Resort Mykonos photo from the resort Facebook page

The world’s first Buddha-Bar Beach restaurant, bar and beach club opened on May 20 at the Santa Marina Resort at Ornos. 

 

Ling Ling Mykonos entrance

One of the most eagerly awaited new arrivals on Mykonos was Ling Ling, a Hakkasan-branded Cantonese fine dining restaurant and  uber-chic nightspot.  It opened in July in the premises that had been occupied for decades by the famous Philippi Garden Restaurant, which closed a few years ago after its owner died. 

 

Bonbonniere Mykonos nightclub

June 27 saw the launch of yet another new nightclub when Bonbonniere Mykonos threw its opening party in the ODE Mykonos club in the Tria Pigadia area of Mykonos Town. It’s a summer “pop up” version of the world-famous Bonbonniere club in London whose owner, Joe Fournier (wearing the white polo shirt) is pictured after signing a contract to bring Bonbonniere to the ODE space for the season.

 

Caprice Bar Mykonos photo from inmykonos dot com website

Mykonos residents and visitors weren’t just buzzing about new business openings this spring — people were also chatting about the abrupt closure of the enormously popular Caprice Bar (pictured above) and its surprise reopening a few weeks later as Caprice, a restaurant-bar located just a few doors down from its old place at Little Venice. 

 

Mykonos No 5 Villas luxury apartments photo from the hotel website

Mykonos No.5 Villas is one of the island’s newest hotels, offering a selection of seaview apartment residences, lofts and maisonettes in the Kanalia district 3.5 kilometers from Mykonos Town.

 

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Tuesday food & drink promotion kicks off at bars, restaurants & cafes in Central Athens

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The Have Fun in Athens (Βγαίνουμε Αθήνα) food and drink promotion launched today at 39 participating establishments in the city center

 

 

Cheap ‘n’ cheerful: More than three dozen restaurants, bars and cafés have teamed up to offer special food and beverage discounts every Tuesday as part of a City of Athens initiative to boost local business and enliven the city center.

The Βγαίνουμε Αθήνα promotion, which translates as “Going out in Athens,” is a weekly event that will take place every Tuesday starting today.

Participating establishments will be offering special tasting menus at a price of €10, coffee beverages for €2, drinks for €5 and bottles of wine for €12. The specials are available all day on Tuesdays, and each restaurant will offer its own menu.

 

City staging a comeback from the economic crisis

With Βγαίνουμε Αθήνα, the City aims to maintain momentum in the ongoing revival of its historic and commercial center, which has been staging a remarkable comeback from the financial crisis that devastated the country’s employment and economy for five years.

The goal is to draw more people into the city’s central core to further animate and enliven the area and enhance social and economic activity.

Though just under 40 businesses have signed up so far, the City is actively encouraging more establishments to participate. Click here to see a list of places already in the program.

Click here to read an announcement about the Βγαίνουμε Αθήνα program, in Greek, at this page on the City of Athens website. (I have written to the City’s press office to ask if information about the program is available online in English, but haven’t heard back yet. However, you can use a program like Google Translate to read a reasonable translation of the program description.)

 

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