The Greek island of Corfu has long been a magnet for tourists. Fantastic weather, great beaches, centuries of history and a thriving nightlife scene all bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to Corfu every year. The nightlife in Corfu is legendary with the island is known for hedonism and excess. For many people the nightlife here is one of the main reasons to visit.
Corfu’s nightlife scene is spread out around a number of different areas all over the island. The island’s main city, also called Corfu, has plenty of areas known for its nightlife, from the historic old town to the famous disco strip just to the north of the center. Out of town the majority of nightlife is to be found on the coast in resorts such as Ipsos, Sidari, and Dasia. The heaving bars and clubs in the (in)famous resort of Kavos stay open until the night gives way to the following day.
From sophisticated cocktails, drinks by the beach or an all-night rave up there’s a bar for everyone in Corfu. If you’re looking for the perfect place to enjoy the nightlife in Corfu here are seven of the best bars and clubs on the island.
In the heart of Corfu’s Old Town is the Bristol Café, one of the most beautiful bars on the island. A great place to relax with a coffee or an early beer during the day, it’s at night that the super stylish Bristol Café really gets going. The Bristol Cafe draws a cool crowd and it’s easy to see why. A fantastic atmosphere, a long list of fabulous cocktails, friendly staff, DJ’s playing great music through the night and a gorgeously decorated interior helps to pack them in. The huge display of hanging lights over the bar is the dazzling jewel in the bar’s very chic crown.
It’s best to arrive early if you want to guarantee a table as the Bristol is guaranteed to fill up the later the night goes on. If you get the chance try and nab a seat outdoors so you can sit and watch the world go slowly by in Corfu’s beautiful old streets over a cocktail or two. The cocktails here are amongst the best on the island too, created using a unique mix of fresh fruit juices and liqueurs – who knew that kumquat and gin made such a good pairing?
Tartaya Tiki Bar
Tartaya Tiki Bar is located on a busy road known as Disco Strip due to the number of bars and clubs that line the street. Some of Corfu’s most popular and famous nightspots are to be found just down the road, including heavyweights such as Why Bar and 54 Dreamy Nights. Of all the bars along the Disco Strip we recommend the Tartaya Tiki Bar as one of the best. Tartaya’s part-Tiki-part-Corfu vibe makes for a fabulous atmosphere, with a stylish Hawaiian-influenced bar and a beautiful large outdoor space adorned with palm trees being the perfect place to enjoy Corfu’s nightlife.
With DJs playing late into the night the Tartaya Tiki Bar can get pretty busy. As is customary in Corfu Tartaya has an extensive selection of cocktails on the drinks list. Alongside tried and tested vodka, gin and tequila-based classics are a wide range of Tiki-inspired cocktails, which are heavy on the rum and tropical fruit juices, all for around a pretty reasonable €10. For a true taste of Hawaii try the Zombie, a lethal concoction made with a mix of four different rums, apricot brandy, and several fruit juices.
Fuego Beach Bar
Fuego Beach Bar can be found in Acharavi, the main island on Corfu’s north coast is. Fuego is one of literally hundreds of beachside bars with terrific sea views to be found in Corfu. Perched right on top of Acharavi’s mesmerizing three-kilometer beach, with views as far as the Albanian coastline, Fuego operates as a restaurant and café during the day, serving up a great range of fantastic food and drinks. At night the cocktails start to flow and Fuego turns into the perfect spot to enjoy a chilled-out night with an incredible sunset and a gentle sea breeze.
As you’d expect for a bar in such a heavenly spot most of the Fuego Beach Bar is laid out on the beach. Sun loungers are laid out on the sand for those who really want to relax while the deck is comfy and cozy and a great place to lounge. The interior is contemporary and stylish too, with a sleek modern bar that faces on to the sea. Cocktails are around €14 a pop, which is in line with the prices on this side of the island.
La Grotta Bar
La Grotta is another bar situated on Corfu’s coast, this time in the west coast resort of Palaiokastritsa. What makes La Grotta so special is its unique location. La Grotta is built into the caves and cliffs with the bar and several outdoor decking areas overlooking the incredible turquoise waters of the surrounding bay. A staircase of 140 stairs leads down to La Grotta, but it’s worth it to end up in one of the most scenic bars anywhere in Europe. (Remember, it’s also 140 steps back up at the end of the night). There are diving boards and jumping-off spots dotted around the jetty for those tempted to head into the crystal clear water.
If that sounds like too much effort you can sit back, relax and watch others dive in whilst sat in comfort with a drink in your hand. Because of its incredibly picturesque position this place does get busy, especially in the afternoon so be prepared to wait for a table. The bar also lays out sunbeds for hire from where you can also order drinks and food. At night the bar and the cliffs are beautifully lit up, creating a wonderfully atmospheric scene. The night vibe is helped out by DJs playing out the perfect tunes as the waves lap against the shore.
7 Sins Cocktail Bar
If you haven’t already guessed cocktails are a pretty big deal in Corfu. No bar worth its salt can expect to survive for long without an extensive cocktail menu and 7 Sins Cocktail Bar is one of the very best in a very crowded field. A little off the bean path, 7 Sins Cocktail Bar is located near the beach town of Barbeti just a little north of Ipsos. Yet 7 Sins is an ultra-chic bar with a retro/vintage vibe that you really ought to make an effort to get to. Arguably the best cocktail bar on the island, 7 Sins’ cocktails are packed with the perfect blend of punch and flavor that will blow you away.
7 Sins has a wonderfully warm atmosphere thanks to the super-friendly service from the bartenders who clearly have a passion for what they do. The bar is cozy and plays a great selection of music which when added to the quality of the drinks on offer helps create a pretty perfect ambiance. The only drawback with 7 Sins is trying to decide which cocktail to try next. We recommend the signature Oregroni, made from kumquat Aperitivo, Greek gin, sweet Vermouth and bitters as a great place to start.
If you want to ramp things up a bit and experience the heavier side of the nightlife in Corfu head out to Montecristo in Ipsos. One of the most famous nightclubs on Corfu, Montecristo opens at 1.00am, with a host of international and local DJ pumping out a solid mix of house, techno, and old-school 90s tunes in the club’s two rooms into the early morning. The club is also well-known for its foam parties so don’t be surprised if you end the night a little wet.
Open every night of the week entry into Montecristo is €10, which includes a free cocktail. Once inside the atmosphere is friendly with the clientele being mostly a young and international crowd. Drinks are reasonably priced and there’s also a cool outdoor space if you need to take a break from the dancefloor. Alternatively, grab a wristband and you can take a timeout on the beach over the road, and when you’re ready to get back on the dancefloor show your wristband to security to get back in for free.
54 Dreamy Nights
Probably the most famous nightclub on the island, 54 Dreamy Nights is a Corfu institution, commonly touted as one of the best clubs in Greece. That reputation is well deserved as 54 Dreamy Nights is easily the largest club on Corfu. The club is rigged up with a colossal sound system that blasts out a wide range of Greek and international music, including techno, pop, house and more. Along with a dazzling lightshow and an incredibly stylish recently renovated bar area, 54 Dreamy Nights is still the king of Corfu’s nightclubs.
Like Montecristo, 54 Dreamy Nights also hosts a diverse group of local and international DJs and also attracts a young crowd from all over Europe. One of 54 Dreamy Night’s quirks is the retractable roof, which means you can dance the night away under the stars. Considering that this place is open until 8.00am it’s likely that the stars will be long gone by the time you’re ready to call it a day, when you’ll probably be ready for breakfast.
Is Corfu good for nightlife?
The nightlife in Corfu is world famous and easily amongst the best in Greece, if not Europe. The island is filled with some of the best bars and clubs you could wish to drink or dance away the night in. From chic beachside bars, hangover from hell-inducing cocktail joints or mega nightclubs pounding out banging beats, Corfu has everything for the perfect night out.
Is there a strip in Corfu?
Corfu’s nightlife is not concentrated in a single area or strip but scattered over a number of locations all across the island, such as Corfu Town, Ipsos, Dasia and Kavos. Most of these areas do have their own main strip where the main cluster of bars and clubs can be found, especially the resorts of Kavos and Ipsos.
Where in Corfu has the best nightlife?
Corfu has so many different nightlife areas that this depends on what kind of night out you’re after. Corfu Town’s disco strip is great for a night on the cocktails and party tunes, though there’s plenty of great bars and clubs on the coast in areas such as Ipsos, Sidari, and Dassia. If you want to hang out with the young crowd and enjoy a night of absolute debauchery then head straight for Kavos.