Paxos Island’s nightlife scene
If you’re the type who’s used to the clubbing and partying scene, you might find that Paxos Island’s nightlife scene is calm and quiet. But don’t worry, the island has its own unique charm when it comes to nightlife. Here, it’s all about spending quality time together in good restaurants, cocktail bars, tavernas, and strolling through lively streets. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also enjoy a bring-your-own (BYO) wine on a secluded little beach.
When the night falls on Paxos, elegantly dressed people come out to enjoy the island’s exclusive nightlife. It’s the perfect time to wear that pretty dress and heels, ladies, or those crisp, white shirts and moccasins, gents. You might even meet the love of your life here, who knows? And if you’re already taken, don’t worry, Paxos’ low-key nightlife is perfect for a romantic night with your partner.
Gaios is the island’s capital and has plenty of popular restaurants that specialize in delicious Greek dishes. Whether you’re a meat eater, a fish lover, or a vegetarian, all tastes and diets are catered for. And most of the restaurants have terraces right by the water, so you can enjoy the beautiful view while you eat.
When you’re done with your meal, take a stroll along the quay to watch the boats bob on the water. You’ll also find some bars in the paved pedestrian streets of Gaios with the usual choice of saucy cocktail names. Cafe Kalimera could very well be the island’s nightlife hotspot. At any night of the week, most tables are occupied, and this place will be standing room only. The music is toned down a little at around 2 A.M. to allow the locals, mostly fishermen, to get their night’s rest.
Loggos is another spot on the island that’s famous for its fish tavernas. This authentic Greek fishing village has a laid-back atmosphere and a lively and fun vibe. After dinner, you can head over to Roxi for a drink or two on its jetty-type terrace by the Ionian Sea. And if you’re lucky, you might catch some local musicians playing traditional Greek music at Taxidi Bar. You can just sit back, order your drink of choice, and enjoy a great night out.
Lakka is situated at the far end of a lovely natural bay and draws yachties and tourists to its small town center with its romantic alleys. You’ll find Greek music spilling over onto the narrow streets, and the voices of people speaking different languages betray the town’s international appeal. One of the greatest pleasures in Lakka is simply sitting at a restaurant table by the water, watching the fishing boats and yachts go by, and people-watching.
To Paxoimadi is one of those waterside restaurants that’s also popular with the locals. And if you prefer a more intimate setting, you can head to Stasinos Garden Restaurant with its tables in a private garden. The delicious home-cooked dishes of this restaurant have people from all over the world raving on various review websites.
Averto Day and Night Yard in the tiny village of Magazia has a creative cuisine and spectacular cocktails. In its garden, under the olive trees, and with the shimmering sea on the horizon, you can enjoy local DJs or live music on some nights of the week.
At the very southern tip of Paxos, Carnayo Gold Lounge in Mongonissi Bay is an intimate lounge bar with a wonderful Italian-Greek kitchen. You can take a seat on the seaside deck, order a glass of Greek rosé, or try one of their signature mojitos while you bob your head to the chill-out music. It’s the perfect spot to relax and unwind while taking in the beautiful scenery.