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Mykonos bar and club openings and events in 2022

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Photos of Mykonos bars and nightclubs

Some of the popular cocktail bars and party venues on Mykonos, from top left: Skandinavian Bar; Semeli Bar; Cavo Paradiso; Negrita; Void club; The Garden of Mykonos; 54 cocktail lounge and sunset bar; JackieO’ Town Bar; 180 Sunset Bar; Lio Mykonos cabaret; Queen of Mykonos.

 

— Updated on May 25 —

 

What’s open:  After two years of Covid lockdowns and restrictions, fun seekers from around the world will be flocking to Mykonos in 2022 to chill, dance and party — and put the pandemic behind them.

Although summer is still months away, the infamous Mykonos party scene is already warming up.

Island residents have been getting into the party mood all this month (March), starting with DJ and live music events during the Carnival weekend of March 4 to 6, and really revving up during the March 24 to 27 holiday weekend celebrating Greece’s Independence Day.

Promenade, Paloma, Mosaic, Velanos, El Burro, Wild Cafe-Bar and Vegera have been among the party hotspots during winter and early spring, hosting weekend bashes with DJs and live music entertainment. Cosi Bar and La Barran followed suit the last weekend in March.

 

 

With tourists arriving on the island much earlier than in pre-pandemic travel years, other Mykonos bars, lounges and nightclubs have begun announcing their opening dates,  also much sooner than usual. 180 Sunset Bar,  JackieO’ Town Bar, Semeli, Bao’s, Rhapsody, Lola, Galleraki, 54, Chill Out Lounge and Astra nightclub all will be opening in April, followed in May by JackieO’ Yacht Club, Lio and Cavo Paradiso (which has already revealed the DJ lineups for its three opening week parties in May, as well as the dates for international DJ appearances in July and August — as you’ll see by scrolling through this post). Sanctus club will open June 1. 

In this post, we’ll spotlight the cocktail and nightlife spots that have already opened, along with places that have indicated when they will be launching their seasons.

We’re expecting more opening day announcements to come soon, so check back for updates — we will add other bars and clubs once they reveal their plans.

For opening date information for bars and clubs located at beaches, see our separate blog post Mykonos beach club openings in 2022.

 

Bars and party spots open since winter and early spring

 

Street view photo showing Mosaic restaurant in Mykonos Town

Mosaic restaurant and bar, situated next to Manto Square on the Mykonos Town harbourfront, is open all year and has been hosting parties and special events throughout the winter and early spring. On April 28, it announced on its social media pages that DJ Karr will be playing nightly sets from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m.

 

Velanos restaurant on Mykonos

Velanos restaurant was a new arrival on Mykonos during the 2021 season. It has stayed open throughout the winter and has hosted numerous parties and special events, including a weekly Sunday Greek Vibes party. It will be holding its last party of the winter on April 10.

 

Street view of Paloma Bar on Mykonos

Paloma Bar on Kouzi Georgouli Street was open Friday and Saturday nights during winter, and for the summer season will be opening every day from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m., starting on April 21

 

Petrino Cafe Bar on Mykonos

Petrino Cafe Bar, located in the Klouvas area, opened in January has hosted regular karaoke nights and parties through the winter

 

El Burro restaurant on Mykonos

During winter,  El Burro Mykonos cafe / bar / restaurant has been open Tuesday through Sundays from 6 to 11 p.m., and has hosted occasional weekend party events with DJ entertainment 

 

Lovemeze restaurant on Mykonos

Lovemeze restaurant has kept its doors open throughout the off-season, and has hosted regular events featuring live Greek music entertainment

 

Mykonos Brewing Company

Since March 1, the Mykonos Brewing Company taproom has been open for tours and tastings of its locally-brewed Mikonu craft beers. Located in the Argyraina area (on the road from Mykonos Town to Ano Mera), the taproom is open Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Interior of Promenade Mykonos restaurant and bar

Promenade restaurant and bar, located on the Mykonos Town harbourfront promenade, opened March 4 and has been hosting regular parties with DJs plus special live performances by popular Greek singers and entertainers including Tilemachos Zeis

 

Street view of Vegera restaurant and bar on Mykonos

Vegera restaurant and bar, located on the Mykonos Town harbour promenade, opened on March 4 and has been hosting weekend parties with live DJ music entertainment

 

 

 

 

Street view photo of Cosi Bar in Mykonos Town

Cosi Bar opened during the the March 25 to 27 Greek Independence Day holiday weekend. It’s located on Ματθαίου Ανδρόνικου street in the Matogianni shopping and restaurant district. 

 

 

Toro loco my bar myconos

During winter, Toro loco my bar myconos on K. Georgouli Street in Mykonos Town has been open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8 p.m.

 

Wild Cafe Bar on Mykonos

Wild Cafe Bar in Ano Mera was open through the winter, hosting special DJ and live music party events on weekends

 

 

April openings and events

 

Blu Blu Lounge Cafe and Bar on Mykonos

April 1 was opening day for Blu Blu Lounge, Cafe and Sports Bar, located above the Old Port at Mykonos Town

 

Sunset cocktails at Chillout Lounge Cafe on Mykonos

Sea- and sunset-view Chill Out Lounge Cafe Bar in Mykonos Town started its 2022 season on April 1. 

 

Galleraki Bar at Little Venice Mykonos

Galleraki bar, located on the Little Venice seafront of Mykonos Town, started its 33rd season on April 2

 

 

live Greek music events at Rizes Folklore Farmstead on Mykonos

Every Sunday afternoon, Rizes Folklore Farmstead will present live music entertainment featuring John Grymplas and Babis Amoiridis

 

180 Sunset Bar on Mykonos

April 12 is opening day for the most popular spot on Mykonos for evening cocktails — 180 Sunset Bar

 

Scarpa Bar on Mykonos

Thursday April 14 was opening day for Scarpa Bar on the Little Venice seafront of Mykonos Town

 

Nosostros Lounge and Restaurant at Agios Stefanos beach on Mykonos

April 15 was opening day for Nosostros Lounge & Restaurant at Agios Stefanos beach

 

JackieO Mykonos Town Bar

JackieO’ Bar returns on Friday April 15. It’s located on the Mykonos Town seafront, just around the corner from the Mykonos Town Hall.

 

2022 opening day for TYCO Mykonos cocktail bar

Take-away cocktail bar TYCO Mykonos (Take Your Cocktail Out) returns for its third season on April 15

 

Semeli Bar at the Little Venice seafront on Mykonos

April 15 is opening day for Semeli Bar on the Little Venice seafront 

 

2022 season opening at Rhapsody Bar on Mykonos

Resident DJ Alexandros Vasilekas will be on the decks for the grand opening night at Rhapsody Bar in Mykonos Town on April 15

 

Cocktails at Lola Bar on Mykonos

A favourite cocktail bar destination for regular Mykonos visitors, friendly Lola Bar in Mykonos Town starts its season on April 15

 

April 15 is opening night for Astra nightclub

 

La Barran Bar on Mykonos summer 2022 opening party

La Barran starts its summer season on Friday April 15. The bar is located on Enoplon Dinameon street in Mykonos Town.

 

 

2022 opening day for Baos Cocktail Bar on Mykonos

Saturday April 16 is opening day for Bao’s Cocktail Bar on the Little Venice seafront strip at Mykonos Town

 

April 19 is opening day for 54 Cocktail Lounge at The TownHouse boutique hotel overlooking Manto Square in Mykonos Town.  The bar will be celebrating the start of its 2022 season with music by DJ George Charalampidis and a live performance by singer Kelly Kaltsi.

 

Parthenis Cafe on Mykonos

April 20 is opening day for Parthenis Cafe, an outdoor summer lounge at the Parthenis fashion boutique at Alefkandra Square in Mykonos Town. It’s a casually-elegant spot to enjoy cocktails or wine with snacks, light meals, and an eclectic DJ playlist to suit the day’s mood.

 

Alley cocktail bar in Mykonos Town seen in an image from its social media pages

Alley Cocktail Bar on Mitropoleos Street opens on April 20

 

 

Queen of Mykonos, the island’s most famous street bar, returns on April 21 

 

Bonbonniere Mykonos nightclub in Mykonos Town

Bonbonniere Mykonos nightclub holds its Easter Season Opening Party on Thursday April 21

 

 

Negrita bar on Mykonos

April 23 is opening day for Negrita Bar, on the Little Venice seafront of Mykonos Town

 

 

Paraga Cafe at Paraga beach on Mykonos

Paraga Cafe at Paraga beach has announced it will start its season on April 29

 

 

Social media post announcing nightly DJ sets by Karr at Mosaic Mykonos

Starting April 28, DJ Karr will be playing nightly sets at Mosaic from 10 p.m. til 3 a.m.

 

 

 

May openings and events

 

DJ Diass schedule of sets on Mykonos in May 2022

DJ Diass will be playing at two Mykonos venues — Noema restaurant and bar in Mykonos Town, and Scorpios beach club at Paraga — during May.

 

Agrari beach bar at Agrari beach on Mykonos

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

 

Skandinavian Bar Mykonos 2022 opening party

Skandinavian Bar holds its opening party on Thursday May 5

 

the entrance to Noema restaurant on Mykonos

Noema restaurant and bar in Mykonos Town will be celebrating its 2022 season opening on May 6, with live music entertainment by Valeron and a DJ set by Diass.

 

Omar Dahl music group

Electronic music group Omar Dahl will be playing three shows in Mykonos in May — two at Nōema restaurant (May 25 & 26) and one at Scorpios beach club (May 27). 

 

JackieO Yacht Club on Mykonos

A new arrival last year, JackieO’ Yacht Club returns for its second season on May 13. It’s situated right next door to JackieO’ Bar on the Mykonos Town seafront.

 

Aerial view photo of Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

Saturday May 14 is opening night for Cavo Paradiso, the most famous party club on Mykonos. It’s located atop the cliffs at the far left side of Paradise beach.

 

May 14 2022 Cavo Paradiso Mykonos club opening party

Cavo Paradiso holds its 2022 opening party on Saturday May 14 with DJs AnXid, Ioanas Feenstra  and Heavy G on the decks

 

MYK Boat Party sunset party cruises on Mykonos

May 21 is season opening day MYK Boat Club, which holds 5-hour sunset boat parties with DJs, an open bar and secret swim stops.  See the MYK Boat Club website for full details and booking information.

 

May 21 2022 Cavo Paradiso Mykonos club party event

DJs Terry and MaPet will play for the second party of the 2022 season at Cavo Paradiso — on Saturday May 21

 

Scorpios beach club on Mykonos

This is the schedule of music entertainment at Scorpios from May 23 to 29

 

On Tuesday May 24, Amazon Mykonos Resort & Spa at Agios Ioannis is holding a sunset party at its Splash Pool Bar

 

Guzel Garden bar on Mykonos

Guzel Garden bar and lounge at Agias Kyriakis Square reopens May 25

 

Ceresio7 Mykonos presents Duo Violins every Thursday during summer 2022

Starting on May 26, Ceresio7 Mykonos will present live entertainment by Duo Violins every Thursday night

 

 

The Lio Mykonos cabaret restaurant and bar  is back for its second season starting Thursday May 26 

 

Felix da Housecat at Lio Mykonos

DJ/Producer Felix Da Housecat will be the special guest for the Lio Mykonos opening party on May 26

 

Toy Room Club nightclub on Mykonos

May 27 is  the season opening of Toy Room Club in Mykonos Town

 

Mosaic Mykonos presents DJs Karr and BRB

DJs Karr and BRB will be on the decks at Mosaic on May 27

 

May 28 2022 Cavo Paradiso Mykonos club party event

DJs Junior Pappa and Freespirit will be playing for Cavo Paradiso’s third party of 2022 — on Saturday May 28

 

Adelon Sunset Bar on Mykonos

It has been open since May 22, but Adelon Cocktail and Sunset Bar will hold its grand opening for the season on Saturday May 28.  You’ll find it in the Dexamenes area, just off the peripheral road above Mykonos Town. The bar opens daily at 6 p.m.

 

May 29 2022 DJ event at Aroma Bar on Mykonos

Aroma Bar is hosting a DJ music workshop on Sunday May 29

 

G Siras and Mark Code at CAvo Paradiso club Mykonos

DJs Argie and Mark Code will be playing at Cavo Paradiso on Tuesday May 31

 

 

 

June openings and events

 

Tabu Mykonos nightclub logo

June 1 is the anticipated opening night for Tabu Mykonos, a new concept nightclub that will offer guests “a different kind of ambience inspired by Japanese culture.” A summer project of the Tabu London club in Mayfair, it will be located on the Mykonos Town harbourside restaurant strip, at Promenade (which last year hosted a nightclub called Shiba).  Tabu Mykonos is scheduled to open on June 1.

 

Sanctus club on Mykonos 2022 opening announcement

June 1 is opening night for Sanctus club in Mykonos Town

 

June 2022 schedule of DJ acts appearing at Sanctus club on Mykonos

This is the lineup of DJ acts that will be performing at Sanctus during June

 

Heavy G and Marianna at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

DJs Heavy G and Marianna appear at Cavo on June 2

 

June 4 2022 DJ lineup at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

DJs G. Siras and MaPet will be on the decks at Cavo Paradiso on Saturday June 4

 

A sketch of the building housing Moni nightclub on Mykonos

Moni nightclub at Agia Moni Square in Mykonos Town will be opening on the first weekend of June

 

 

Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos presents Fused

On Tuesday June 7, DJs Ionas Feenstra and AnXid bring their FUSED show to Cavo Paradiso

 

DJs Freespirit and Terry at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

DJs Freespirit and Terry play at Cavo on June 9

 

DJ Liva K schedule of appearances at Void club in Mykonos during June 2022

DJ Liva K will be playing at Void club on June 10 — his first of six appearances there during the month of June

 

DJs Junior Pappa and Agent Greg at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

Junior Pappa and Agent Greg are the featured DJ acts appearing at Cavo Paradiso on Saturday June 11

 

Cavo Paradiso club Mykonos full moon party

On June 14, DJs Argie and Heavy G will play for the Full Moon Party at Cavo Paradiso

 

 

DJ event at June 15 2022 Cavo Paradiso Club on Mykonos

MaPet and Mark Code are the featured DJs at Cavo on June 16

 

June 17 DJs at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

DJs Freespirit and Argie play at Cavo Paradiso on June 17

 

June 18 DJs at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

FUSED (Djs Ionas Feenstra and AnXid) perform at Cavo on June 18

 

June 19 DJ show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

DJs Terry and Antony PL take over the decks at Cavo on June 19

 

June 20 DJ show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Heavy G and Marianna take over the decks at Cavo Paradiso on Monday June 20

 

DJs at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos June 21

Cavo Paradiso presents DJs Argie & Terry on June 21

 

June 22 DJ show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

DJs CJ Jeff and Freespirit perform at Cavo on June 22

 

DJ show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos June 23

Ace2Ace is the headline act at Cavo on June 23

 

June 24 DJ show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Manolaco and Eliios are the headline acts at Cavo on June 24

 

 

June 25 DJ show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

DJs G Siras and MaPet play at Cavo on June 25

 

June 26 DJ show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Reign of Time and Salin are the headline DJ acts performing at Cavo Paradiso on Sunday June 26

 

June 27 DJ show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Agent Greg and Junior Rush are the featured DJs at Cavo Paradiso on June 27

 

June 28 DJ show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Cavo presents FUSED (DJs Ionas Feenstra and AnXid) on June 28

 

Audiofly shows at Destino Pacha Mykonos

Audiofly will play at Destino Pacha Mykonos on Tuesday June 28 and again on Thursday August 25

 

June 29 DJ show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Ace2Ace returns for another show at Cavo on June 29

 

Destino Pacha Mykonos presents DJ Ameme

Destino Pacha Mykonos presents DJ Ameme on Thursday June 30

 

June 30 DJ acts at CAvo Paradiso Mykonos

On June 30, Cavo Paradiso presents DJs Dino MFU and Antonis Dimitriadis

 

 

 

July events

 

July 2022 schedule of DJ acts appearing at Sanctus clun on Mykonos

This is the lineup of DJ acts that will be playing at Sanctus club in July

 

DJ Mochakk at Destino Pacha Mykonos

DJ Mochakk will be performing at Destino Pacha Mykonos three times this summer — on July 14 and 21, and on August 23

 

Bazar by Sasson parties at Destno Pacha Mykonos

Destino Pacha Mykonos presents Bâzâr by Sasson on July 20 and August 9

 

DJ Benny Benassi at Cavo Paradiso club Mykonos

Benny Benassi plays Cavo Paradiso on Friday July 1. Rivaz also will perform at this event.

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos presents Will Sparks

Will Sparks is the headline act playing at Cavo on July 4

 

DJ Miss Monique at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

DJ Miss Monique from Ukraine will be the headline act at Cavo Paradiso on Tuesday July 5

 

DJ Marlo show at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos July 6

MaRLo is the feature act at Cavo Paradiso on July 6

 

July 7 2022 Vintage Culture party at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Vintage Culture is the headline act at Cavo Paradiso on Thursday July 7

 

Purple Disco Machine appearance at Cavo Paradiso on Mykonos

Purple Disco Machine is the headline act at Cavo Paradiso on Saturday July 9

 

Meduza at Cavo Paradiso on Mykonos

Meduza is the featured act at Cavo Paradiso on Sunday July 10

 

DJ Mamacita at Cavo Paradiso Club on Mykonos

Mamacita will be playing at Cavo on Monday July 11 and will be returning for another gig on Monday August 22

 

 

Mathame at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

Mathame perform at Cavo on July 12

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos presents Boris Brejcha and Ann Clue

Boris Brejcha will perform at Cavo Paradiso on Thursday July 14. Ann Clue also will be playing for this event.

 

DJ ACRAZE at Cavo Paradiso Club Mykonos

ACRAZE performs at Cavo Paradiso on Saturday July 16

 

DJ Alesso at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

Alesso is feature act at Cavo on Sunday July 17

 

ARTBAT at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

On Monday July 18, ARTBAT make their first of four summer appearances at Cavo Paradiso. Also in the DJ lineup that night is Patrice Bäumel.

 

Afrojack at Cavo Paradiso club Mykonos

On Tuesday July 19, Afrojack makes his first of two appearances this summer at Cavo Paradiso. He’ll play the club again on August 5.

 

 

 

NIna Kraviz show at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

Nina Kraviz will be the headline act at Cavo on Wednesday July 20

 

Camelphat at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

Camelphat plays at Cavo Paradiso on Saturday July 23

 

DJ Alesso at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

Alesso plays his second gig of the month at Cavo Paradiso on Monday July 25

 

ARTBAT at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

ARTBAT make their second headline appearance of the summer at Cavo Paradiso on Friday July 29. Also in the DJ lineup for this event are Shall Ocin and Dino Lenny.

 

DJ Benny Benassi at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

Benny Benassi and Rivaz return to Cavo on Saturday July 30

 

DJ Deborah De Luca at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Deborah De Luca takes over the decks at Cavo on July 31

 

 

August events

 

August 2022 DJ schedule for Sanctus club on Mykonos

This is Sanctus club’s DJ show schedule for August

 

Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos presents DJ Robin Schulz

Robin Schulz performs at Cavo on August 1

 

DJ Claptone performs at Destino Pacha Mykonos

Claptone will perform at Destino Pacha Mykonos on August 2

 

Afrojack at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

Afrojack returns to Cavo Paradiso on Friday August 5

 

ARTBAT at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

On Saturday August 65, ARTBAT headlines at Cavo Paradiso for the third time this summer. Also in the DJ lineup for this event are Magdalena and Argy.

 

Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos presents DJ Charlotte de Witte

Charlotte De Witte is headline act at Cavo on August 9

 

Meduza at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

On Thursday August 11, Meduza returns to Cavo Paradiso for the second time this summer

 

ARTBAT at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

ARTBAT returns to Cavo Paradiso on Sunday August 14. Colyn also will be playing that night.

 

XLSIOR Mykonos Festival 2022

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid restrictions, the annual XLSIOR Festival returns to Mykonos. The week-long event is set for August 17 to 24 with night and day parties at major venues around the island. Acts and events have not yet been announced.

 

 

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos presents David Morales and Hector Romero

David Morales returns to Cavo Paradiso on Saturday August 20 for his birthday celebration. Hector Romero also will be on the decks for this event.

 

 

Mamacita at Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos

Mamacita makes a second appearance of the summer at Cavo on Monday August 22

 

Vintage Culture at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Vintage Culture makes a repeat appearance at Cavo Paradiso on Tuesday August 23

 

Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos presents DJ Claptone

Claptone performs at Cavo on August 26

 

DJs Gioli and Assia at Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Gioli and Assia are the featured DJ act at Cavo Paradiso on Saturday August 27

 

Cavo Paradiso club on Mykonos presents DJ Korolova

Korolova is the featured act at Cavo on August 28

 

Mykonos party scene 2017

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For information about nightlife and beach parties in 2018, check out my post: Mykonos bar, nightclub and beach club openings in 2018

 

Tru Paradise beach club Mykonos party event

The former Paradise Club has an all-new name and completed renovated venue for summer 2017 — it’s now the TRU Paradise beach club and restaurant and it hosts special party events with big-name DJs from time to time. Feature acts for Tuesday July 25, for example, were Ummet Ozcan and 2 Faced Funks.

 

Alemagou beach club Mykonos party events

Alemagou will be hosting nine EΘER events this summer, a series of new concept parties being held between July 12 and September 1.  

 

Alemagou beach club Mykonos

Alemagou also is hosting Odyssey, a “5-week sunset-session residency curated by Tale Of Us.”  These parties begin Wednesday July 19 and continue each Wednesday evening (from 5 p.m. til midnight) until August 16.

 

JackieO Beach club Mykonos  party event

JackieO’ Beach club introduces Wedanceday Experience for summer 2017. The “fashion-themed” parties feature a team of 12 resident artists and DJs whose mission is to unite with the crowd on the dance floor and, through their unique artistic expression, elevate all participants “to a state of pure happiness and pure party feeling.”  The parties will be held each Wednesday from July 19 through to August 23.

 

 

Click here to see regular weekly events and summer DJ lineups for the major clubs

Click here to see a list of events taking place during February, March and April

Click here to see parties and bar openings during May

Click here to see events that have been announced for June

Click here for a list of parties scheduled for July

Click here to see August events

Click here to see events planned for September

Click here if you will be island hopping in Greece this summer and want to see party events taking place this summer on other Cyclades islands including Ios, Naxos and Santorini

 

For tickets and VIP table reservations, contact the bars and clubs directly.

 

 

 

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Mykonos 2014 restaurant & club update (Part 2)

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Funky Kitchen Mykonos

The bar at Funky Kitchen Mykonos, a new restaurant that opened recently in the Lakka district of Mykonos Town. The photo is one of several posted recently on Funky Kitchen’s Facebook page.

 

More openings: Several weeks back I posted photos and information about brand-new tourist-related businesses opening on Mykonos for the summer of 2014 (see my April 13 2014 report headlined: Remezzo club gets restyled into restaurant & bar as new places to eat, stay & play open on Mykonos).

Friends on Mykonos tell me the arrival of the new accommodation, bar and dining venues has heightened the positive energy and enthusiastic buzz that has been steadily building this spring as travel bookings indicate the island could see a whopping 40% increase in visitor numbers this year.

That excitement will continue to increase this week, and throughout May, as more of the island’s already-established restaurants and bars launch their season with opening parties and special events.

Here’s some information to update my previous report from last month:

 

 

Newcomers to Lakka Square

Located near the busy Fabrika bus depot, the area around Lakka Square in Mykonos Town has long been one of the island’s top destinations for drinking and dining. It’s home to a variety of hugely popular restaurants and tavernas, including Bakalo, Marco Polo Taverna, Mediterraneo, and Sale e Pepe, and is where the cavernous Space Mykonos nightclub was located.

This year has brought three noteworthy changes to Lakka’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene.

Space is gone, and a new venue — Dream City (DC) — has taken its place. DC kicked off the season on April 19 with a grand opening party featuring Melisses and Knockout, and threw another bash the next day with Claydee and Bang La Decks. During May, Dream City will be open only on Fridays and Saturdays, but after that will be party central every day for the rest of the summer.

 

Dream City Mykonos

This image was posted on Facebook to promote last month’s opening party for Dream City Mykonos, a new club in the old Space Mykonos space

 

 

Just around the corner from DC, Funky Kitchen has opened its doors and begun welcoming customers. The restaurant subscribes to the “slow food” philosophy in preparing its Mediterranean dishes from high-quality, locally-sourced products. Everything the restaurant serves is made in-house, from its bread and dips to its marmelade and sauces as well as its sweets, chocolate chili and cardamom ice cream. Funky Kitchen also boasts an extensive wine list and cocktail menu.

Funky Kitchen is situated at 40 Ignatiou Basoula street, next door to Marco Polo Taverna.

 

Funky Kitchen Mykonos

Street view of the new Funky Kitchen restaurant, which features Mediterranean cuisine prepared in line with the “slow food” approach to cooking

 

 

The third newcomer to Lakka Square is Noodle Mykonos, an Asian “fusion” restaurant with a noodle and sushi bar.

Noodle offers “quick, fresh and healthy” cuisine for on-site dining, take-out and delivery.

 

Noodle Mykonos

This map, from the Noodle Mykonos Facebook page, shows the restaurant’s prime location two blocks from the Fabrika bus depot

 

 

Noodle Mykonos

This photo of guests gathered outside Noodle Mykonos during the restaurant’s recent opening party was posted on Facebook.

 

 

Noodle Mykonos

Also from the Noodle Mykonos Facebook page, a snapshot of the menu

 

 

 Skandi Bar ready to rock

The Skandinavian Bar and Disco has been a veritable institution on Mykonos since 1978, ranking as one of the top places to party in the Greek islands every year since then. Its opening night event for 2014 takes place tonight (May 5), and the place will continue rocking all summer long.

 

Skandinavian Bar Mykonos

Opening party promotional image from the Skandinavian Bar Facebook page

 

 

Skandinavian Bar Mykonos

Skandinavian Bar posted this enthusiastic group photo on its Facebook page to promote the club’s opening party on Monday May 5

 

 

Kastro Bar launches new season

Also opening today is another popular bar that has developed a legion of fans and regular visitors from around the world since it opened in 1976 — Kastro Bar. It’s located steps from the famous Paraportiani Church and boasts great sea and sunset views.

 

Kastro Bar Mykonos

This photo of the Kastro Bar interior was posted on the Mykonos Facebook page today to announce today’s official opening.

 

 

 A Nice n Easy start at Kalo Livadi

 The Nice n Easy Bio restaurant cafe expanded from Athens to Mykonos last summer, and the island outpost became an instant hit. Nice n Easy Mykonos vaulted to the #37 ranking for Mykonos restaurants on TripAdvisor.com, supplanting Solymar as the trendiest eatery at Kalo Livadi beach. (Solymar had to settle for the #176 ranking on TripAdvisor’s Mykonos restaurant chart).

Will Nice n Easy duplicate its success in 2014? We may soon find out — it will be opening its doors on May 16.

 

Nice n Easy Mykonos

This photo was posted on the Nice n Easy Mykonos Facebook page to announce the restaurant’s official opening on May 16

 

 

Top beach eateries now open

Kalosta Restaurant quickly became one of the most popular new places to dine on Mykonos last year, vaulting into a high position on the TripAdvisor.com traveller reviews (where it is currently is rated as the #12 restaurant on the island.) It opened for a fresh season on May 7.

It joins several perennially-popular dining spots that have already opened for business at other beach areas, including Kiki’s Taverna at Agios Sostis, Aneplora at Kalafatis, Solymar at Kalo Livadi, Tasos at Paraga, Nammos at Psarou, Kostantis at Ornos and Hippie Fish at Agios Ioannis. Launching its season soon will be Fokos Taverna at Fokos beach, which has set its opening for May 15.

 

Kalosta restaurant Mykonos

This photo, from the Kalosta Restaurant Facebook page, shows part of the view of Panormos beach that restaurant guests will enjoy from the open-air dining terrace

 

 

Kostantis restaurant Mykonos

Kostantis restaurant is situated near the middle of Ornos beach. This photo of the beachside dining terrace appears on the Kostantis Restaurant Facebook page.

 

 

Mykonos Town hot spots

Fans of superb Italian food and fine wine will be happy to hear that Sale e Pepe is open for another season. The restaurant is located at Lakka Square and has won numerous accolades for its food and wine. It has been well-known for its wine list which is arguably the best on the island, and which has won acclaim from Wine Spectator magazine as one of the best restaurant wine lists in the world.

Lovers of authentic Neapolitan pizza will be delighted that Marechiaro is now open again, too.  Besides pizza, Marechiaro offers salads and appetizers as well as fish specials and rib eye steaks.  Pizza can be ordered for pick-up and take-away each day from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Last but not least, the world-famous Nobu Matsuhisa Mykonos started its second decade of business on May 9. Situated in the chic Belvedere Hotel, the restaurant celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.

 

Sale & Pepe Mykonos

From the Sale & Pepe Facebook page, a photo of the restaurant’s open-air dining terrace near Lakka Square in Mykonos Town

 

 

New disco & lounge at Taxi Square

Boogie nights return to Taxi Square on May 16 when the new lounge & discotheque @54 Club opens in the premises formerly occupied by the Ramrod Club gay bar.

The island’s newest nightclub is promising “Exclusive weekly parties full of the sexiest & most glamorous jet setting crowd and pumpin’ jamz to boot!”

The grand opening celebration starts at 7 pm.

 

@54 Club Mykonos

Bartender Tassos stands outside @54 Club, a new disco & lounge opening on the premises once occupied by the Ramrod Club gay bar. The club, located next to Taxi Square in Mykonos Town, starts its boogie nights with a grand opening party on May 16. The photo is from @54 Club’s Facebook page.

 

 

Greek dancing & music at Roca Cookery

Roca Cookery isn’t a new restaurant (it has been in business for nearly three years now), but I noticed they have added something new that will probably be as huge a hit with tourists as their excellent seafood dishes and Greek cuisine.

One evening each week, Roca Cookery will host a Greek dancing show with live music. The spectacles will take place on Tuesdays at 21:30 (9:30 p.m.).

For reservation inquiries, contact the restaurant by telephone at 30 2289 022955 or drop by in person. Roca Cookery is situated next to the Mykonos Archaeological Museum on the road above the Mykonos Old Port.

 

Roca Cookery Mykonos

A promotional image for the new Greek dancing and live music shows being held every Tuesday night at Roca Cookery.

 

Meet Petros, the famous pelican mascot of Mykonos

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a pelican on Mykonos

A pelican on Agia Anna beach next to the harbour at Mykonos Town

 

Famous feathers: Mention Mykonos, and most people instantly think of windmills, sandy beaches and white cube-shaped houses with blue shutters and doors. Yet one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island is a bird — a 53-year-old pelican named Petros. Actually, there’s not just one pelican on Mykonos — there’s a pod of three. And even though they all seem to be called Petros, they aren’t in their 50s.Yet.

According to local legend, the original Petros apparently flew from mainland Greece to Mykonos during a fierce storm. He was found, half-dead, by a fisherman who nursed him back to health. Island residents named him Petros and took turns feeding him. Petros became such a hit with tourists that he was designated as the official mascot of Mykonos. But he met an untimely, scandalous demise around 1986 when he was either run over by a car (some locals blame a drunk taxi driver) or sexually assaulted (some blame a drunk tourist).

Another legend maintains that jet setter and regular Mykonos socialite Jackie Onassis gave the island a new pelican to replace its maimed mascot, while another says a German zoo donated a bird as well. Yet another story says a third pelican wound up on Mykonos when he was discovered on a beach, injured like the original Petros, and brought back to good health by the locals.

Whatever one or all of the stories is true, it’s a fact there’s at least three pelicans entertaining tourists on Mykonos these days. They can often be spotted as a group, in a pair, or sleeping or strolling around solo. Their favourite places to hang out are at Niko’s Taverna (where they pose for photos with diners and then collect fresh fish treats from the kitchen), Paraportiani Square, Little Venice, the windmills on the hillside above Little Venice, and along the Mykonos Town harbourfront.

The last two times we’ve been to Mykonos, we’ve encountered pelicans in cocktail bars at Little Venice and on the harbourfront. Which makes me wonder … haven’t they been warned that it’s dangerous for them to hang around people drinking booze?

Below are photos of some of the pelicans we’ve met during some of our visits to Mykonos.

 

two pelicans on Mykonos

Two pelicans swimming in the harbour at Mykonos Town

 

a pelican on Agia Anna beach Mykonos

A pelican entertains tourists on Agia Anna beach at the harbour

 

pelican at Niko's Taverna in Mykonos

A pelican catches a snooze in the square next to Niko’s Tavernan

 

pelican sleeping on Mykonos

The pelican appears to be sound asleep …

 

Mykonos pelican taking a peek

… but he’s fully aware of all the tourists and cameras close by

 

pelican on Agia Anna beach in Mykonos Town

A pelican on Agia Anna beach

 

pelican watching the boats in Mykonos harbour

Watching the boats in Mykonos Town harbour

 

pelican on Agia Anna beach in Mykonos Town

Taking a long slow stretch on the beach

 

a pelican on a street in Mykonos Town

A pelican pauses while walking down a street in Mykonos Town …

 

pelican in a Mykonos jewellery store

… en route to a jewellery store near the waterfront, where he checks himself out in a mirror before being shooed back outside by the shopkeeper

 

a pelican on Mykonos

A pelican poses for pictures at the Mykonos Town harbour

 

Donny and a pelican in Mykonos

A pelican poses for a picture with me on Agia Anna beach

 

a pelican at Sunset Bar at Little Venice Mykonos

A pelican at the Sunset Bar in Little Venice

 

Mykonos pelican beak

Petros gives us a full frontal face view

 

pelican at Skandinavian Bar in Mykonos

A pelican in the courtyard at Skandinavian Bar

 

pelican at Skandinavian Bar in Mykonos

Waiting for someone to buy him a beer, perhaps?

 

pelican at Camares bar on Mykonos

Enjoying evening cocktail hour at Camares bar near the harbour

 

a pelican at Little Venice on Mykonos

A close-up look at the pelican’s neck pouch, which apparently can expand to hold nearly three gallons of water or fish

 

a pelican at Little Venice on Mykonos

Another close look at the pelican’s colourful beak

 

a Mykonos pelican

 This pic reminds me of an old Hollywood entertainer wearing a fake hairpiece

 

a pair of pelicans at Nikos Taverna in Mykonos

 A pair of pelicans waiting for fish at Niko’s Taverna

 

pelican at Nikos Taverna in Mykonos Town

 A pelican waits outside the kitchen door at Niko’s Taverna

 

three pelicans at Nikos Taverna on Mykonos

Three pelicans line up for fish treats at Niko’s Taverna

 

pelican on Agia Anna beach in Mykonos Town

A pelican stands proud on Agia Anna beach at the harbour