5 hottest bars in Heraklion
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
One of the oldest, most traditional bars in Heraklion, Guernica boasts a unique atmosphere tucked away on a narrow street in the city centre. Once a classic rock bar, it has evolved to showcase all kinds of music from its neoclassical building and charming outdoor garden. Truly a year-round venue, it houses a cosy fireplace in winter and has an interior bar where you’ll find young people dancing to loud tunes. Don’t forget to scan the walls for artwork – including, of course, Picasso’s Guernica.
7 Ανδρέου Κρήτης, 71302 Heraklion
Tel: 697 174 5594
258 Lounge Bar & Friends
Socialise in style
Start a night out in Heraklion with stunning views of the Old Venetian Harbour at the trendy 258 Lounge Bar & Friends. Fun and aptly friendly, the atmosphere draws all kinds of clientele to dance to the latest pop and chart hits, spun by the deft hands of DJs. With a string of spirits and crafty cocktails, there’s plenty to choose from on the drinks list – and if you need to sober up you can even order an espresso!
4 25th August Street, Heraklion
Tel: 281 033 3267
Tel: 281 022 3686 www.venetocafe.gr
A break from the bustle
For drinks before or after dinner, head to the swanky bolt hole of Veneto, set above the Old Venetian Harbour. Whether you’re after cocktails, coffee or snacks, bag a leather chair on the rooftop, with its long bar and panoramic windows, and chat to friendly staff while you sip your favourite tipple. And it’s not just the harbour that gives this place its name – it also houses a charming mural of Venice.
9 Epimenidou Street, 71202 Heraklion
Tel: 698 917 5919
An all-nighter with the locals
The action at the vibrant Privilege Club in downtown Heraklion kicks off at 11pm, when international DJs start playing the best tunes from around the world as well as mainstream Greek music. Popular amongst locals as well as tourists, it is well-known in the city as one of the leading clubs, with its trendy décor and dancefloor. You’ll need to keep up your energy to see it through to the end of the night though, as the club closes at 5am.
Privilege Club Centre, Heraklion
Tel: 281 034 2642
Atmospheric all day
A downtown wine and jazz bar, Ittar is also an all-day coffee shop. With its welcoming ambience, it’s a great choice at any time, with three separate bars - a wine lounge, jazz bar and a more clubby room playing house music. Elegant décor offsets the contents of the ample wine cellar, offering more than 100 labels from the best wineries in Greece. Whether it’s an afternoon aperitif or a late-night shot you want, you’ll get it at this buzzing bar.
18 Epimenidoy, Heraklion