The Greek Island of Santorini is a great location for a beachbound holiday. Along with cliffside views, stunning architecture, and crystal blue waters, the coast of Santorini is also home to some of the best beach bars in Greece.
With the sun beating down over Santorini throughout the summer, you can break a sweat even on the most relaxed of vacations. What better way to contend with the heat than sitting back with a nice cold cocktail by the water? (Perhaps doing so with some great food as well, which we’ve also covered in this list!)
We have put together our definitive list of the 7 best beach bars in Santorini. Read on to discover the range of watering holes across the coast of this island gem. Whether you’re partial to a nice cold beer, a tall glass of wine, or just some freshly squeezed juice, there’s something in Santorini for everyone.
Located on Perissa Beach, this bar is popular for its vegan and vegetarian menu. Complete with large indoor and outdoor seating areas, this bar and restaurant is perpetually buzzing with visitors and life. Patrons of the bar can enjoy a drink and a meal directly on the beachfront. The setting is stunning, with plenty of sandy real estate to relax on, and the surrounding hills making for memorable views.
The chefs at Tranquilo are known amongst locals and tourists alike for making fresh dishes from locally sourced vegetables. You can have your fill of some killer homemade hummus, bean stews, and a variety of wraps and salads. You can even enjoy a variety of plant-based desserts, like fresh fruit salad and fried bananas. And for the omnivores, they also make their own ice cream in-house!
And there’s more to Tranquilo than just the food. This seaside spot serves classic Greek beers including Mythos, and frozen cocktails like their trademark strawberry margaritas, amongst a multitude of other options. And with the drinks comes a great atmosphere, served by friendly staff with a laid-back attitude. Whether eating, drinking, or both, Tranquilo is a perfect place to spend a morning, afternoon, or evening by the sea.
Opening Hours: 8am – 12am
Address: Perissa 847 03, Greece
Jojo’s Beach Bar, Perivolos
This beach bar is an extension of the popular Joy Hotel, located on the Perivolos Promenade. This is a winning spot for a drink, whether you’re a guest at the hotel or just passing through. Complete with a built-in swimming pool bar, you can enjoy cocktails, beers, and champagne while floating in utter relaxation.
The black sands of the Perivolos beach make up the unique setting of this trendy bar. And if the sun gets a little too much for you, drinks can be enjoyed under the sheltered bar, or in one of the many gazebos they have set up. There’s plenty of seating on and off the sands with sunbeds and chairs galore. The bar is also host to a number of DJs and musicians, ranging from local stars to internationally recognized acts. The music varies from night to night, so it’s worth checking that the atmosphere suits you before stopping by!
And if your tummy is rumbling for a little more than a Mai Tai there is also a classic Greek bar menu to order from. With burgers, club sandwiches, Greek salads, and more, there’s plenty to line your stomach with for the evening of drinking ahead of you. A little expensive, but with a wonderfully tasteful look and feel, this is a trendy and happening place to be.
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am
Address: Περίβολος, 847 03, Greece
Wet Stories, Perivolos
Another lively spot on the promenade, Wet Stories is the self-proclaimed “hottest beach bar at Perivolos”. With a variety of iced coffees, freshly made juices, and cocktails to choose from, this bar is a great choice for any time of day. Much like Jojo’s, there are plenty of sunbeds to lay on and cabanas to sit under for optimum relaxation. Wet Stories is also home to a fashionable beachfront boutique full of designer clothing.
Such a popular venue, Wet Stories is known for serving trademark cocktails on open bar nights, as well as the variety of private events that it hosts. As a dancefloor, the bar hosts a number of raves and discos, featuring local DJs and artists from across the world. In stark contrast, Wet Stories can also be booked for corporate events and even weddings! And with such gorgeous views of the beach, we can understand why.
And we haven’t even gotten to the food yet! Wet Stories has a fully functioning kitchen, with a gorgeous Mediterranean menu on offer. Serving up everything from bao buns to surf and turf, there are plenty of options to tantalize your tastebuds here. Remember to take a full wallet though, even just an orange juice is 7 Euros here!
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Address: Unnamed Road, Santorini 847 03, Greece
Chilli Bar and Restaurant, Perivolos
This Perivolos beach bar is renowned for serving a high standard of Italian food. It also boasts a 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor, and a ranking as one of their “Traveler’s Choice” options. With a semi-indoor/outdoor seating area and plenty of seating, this is one of the more peaceful and relaxed bars on our list. And of course, what’s a beach without plenty of umbrellas and canopies to relax under? Not much, so be glad that Chilli Beach Bar has that covered, as well as a massive number of sunbeds and seats to get comfortable on.
Chilli is popular amongst tourists for its Mediterranean menu. Options vary between Italian classics, such as pasta carbonara, and pizza, as well as straightforward seaside plates like fresh seafood, and salads. One look at their menus will show the variety on offer here, with different sections for the varying styles that they serve.
And they take drinks just as seriously, with the various lanes of refreshment specified on their website. There are an array of coffees, fresh juices, and homemade drinks to be enjoyed if it’s too early for you to get the booze in. But if you fancy wetting your whistle on something a little harder, they also have a wide variety of cocktails, beers, wines, spirits, and more to be sampled at your leisure. Reasonably priced, Chilli is one of the best beach bars in Santorini for a family outing.
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 11pm
Address: Perivolos, Cyclades 847 03, Greece
Theros Wave Bar
Situated by the Cliffs of the Vlychada Beach, Theros Wave Bar is a quaintly designed beach bar and restaurant. With plenty of cabanas, and sheltered sunbeds for visitors to enjoy, this is another quieter option for tourists. Theros Wave Bar is so committed to relaxation, they even have a massage menu! There are not many places where you can enjoy a signature cocktail (try the Santo-groni) and get a deep tissue rub down at the same time. But don’t let the relaxed energy fool you, once in a while Theros is also known to host musical events, so there really is something for everyone.
With a stocked-up menu of alcohol, fresh juice, and cocktails devised in house, there’s enough to satiate even the thirstiest of visitors to Theros Wave Bar. Drinks can be enjoyed either from the raised platform under the main shelter looking down at the coastline, or down on the sands.
And like with all great beach bars, there are plenty of great fresh food options for you to peruse. Classic Greek options like chicken souvlaki and grilled aubergine slices are known to go down a treat at Theros. Otherwise, risottos, salads, and antipasti are popular choices at this beach bar and restaurant.
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm
Address: Βλυχάδα 847 00, Greece
Now for a change of pace at a beach bar and restaurant with a focus on wellness. Yalos is found on the black sands of the small and intimate Exo Gialos beach. This location is a stark contrast from the hustle and bustle of larger, more popular beaches such as Perissa and Perivolos. And for the owners at Yalos, that’s all part of the appeal.
With their own dedicated cabanas across the beach, as well as a specially curated ‘Comfort Zone’, it’s clear Yalos is a place for relaxation. They also run their own yoga sessions on the beach, as well as having trained massage therapists on hand to work out any knots you may have picked up on the flight over. You can even take part in a sound healing session!
And don’t be fooled, this is not just a health club. You can enjoy a variety of local and international wines, as well as customizable creative cocktails at Yalos. They also have a fully stocked kitchen, with an emphasis on local produce and seafood. Enjoy the food and drink at Yalos in your choice of stylish spots to relax in, while one of their many in-house DJs creates ambiance with their laidback vibes.
Opening Hours: 9am – 1am
Location: Exo Gialos Thiras, Fira, Santorini, PO 84700
Seaside Santorini, Perivolos
Our final stop on this journey through Santorini’s best beach bars takes us to the appropriately named Seaside bar and restaurant. Sat on the Agios Georgios Beach, in the Perivolos area, you can enjoy the volcanic sands under one of the many canopies or umbrellas at Seaside. Their beachside location offers amazing views of the South Aegean Sea that you can experience in comfort.
And their bar lounge area is a great stop on the way to a good dinner. With a chilled-out atmosphere, and friendly staff, there are not many better places to enjoy a fruity Margarita. Other recommendations from the team themselves include their Manhattans and Dry Martinis. A traditional selection of cocktails for a classy location.
One of the more expensive options on this list, this venue sets itself apart with gourmet Mediterranean cuisine and stunning global seafood dishes. With an eclectic selection of Italian and Greek classics available, Seaside is equally famous for their sushi! They even take an interesting perspective on either side of cuisine, creating fusion dishes such as Asian spiced spaghetti, and tuna carpaccio. Self-professed “remix artists” with food, Seaside is sure to be a memorable culinary experience.
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am
Address: Agios Georgios, Santorini 847 03, Greece