Sorrento: Sorrento Rocks
This place has been and still is one of the top spots in ag.nik. They seem to be filling a niche with holidaymakers and locals alike. They are different in the sense that they just get on with their show - cabaret, sketches, little dance routines and basically a "coyote ugly" theme which is so entertaining. Lots of different nationalities here because it is so visual. Half the staff are Greek (which amazes me) and the other half English or other. Worth a visit definitely
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Camping Caravan (George's Bar): Fun place to eat, drink and stay
This campsite is in a wonderful little oasis directly on the beach, in fact surrounded by quiet unspoilt beaches. You can sit at the bar or restaurant and watch the world go by or just listen to the waves crashing on the rocks. When the sun goes down you can retire to the bar after a very tasy meal of moussaka or a wonderful mixed grill with very good prices !! and join the other campers or the locals and be adventurous and take the Raki's or Ouzo's, sometimes on the house with George. There is a wonderful array of people sitting at the bar in the evening,(mostly long time friends of George) of all ages and from all over the world and they just all seem to gel even though some of them have just got to know each other. We spent some wonderful evenings at this bar and are so thankful we found this campsite as it is by far the best, cheapest and friendliest on Crete.
It is a very clean and has table tennis, playstation, tv and pool on offer and there is also 14 lovely little bungalows you can stay in for your holiday, right on the beach if you don't want to camp in a tent.
Just imagine waking up to the view of the waves crashing on the rocks right outside your door ........... I can't wait for next summer as we will definately be there again.Related to:
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Eastern Chania harbour: For all you who can't sleep at night!!!
When walking along Chanias harbour you go through the main touristy part with all the restaurants start at the bottom of Fortezza. After that going east you go through touristy Turkish part, pass all the museums and galleries, then is little quiet part of the harbour with not too many lights and not too many people at night....you can stop for a little kiss if you have somebody to kiss with you.
After that on the horizon looking east you see a lots of lights and people .....and you hear a noise like a beehive in the distance.....closer you go, the noisier it gets.....
It is the new Chania, or as I call it the SOHO of Chania or Manhattan of Chania.
Thaaaaaaaaats, where all the young Greeks are hiding.....so they did not all go to US to make a money in Astoria, Queens.
The night scene is amazing there, it is a must see!!!!
If you are not planning to go to CHania, but you end up in some other town on Crete, just leave your hotel room close to midnight and fallow the beehive noise....you will find your native Greek crowd sooner or later.
Dress Code: Dress code????
Off course all the famous and most expensive designer labels are there. Don't be afraid to wear long sleeve in the middle of the summer, don't forget your make up and lots of gel in the hair for the guys...
Don't forget to show your various body parts as well.
Oh, and if you going to Crete to party and party only go to Hersonissos, it is a party place where everything is allowed.
Hard Rock Cafe: Good Service, Great Music
Probably the smallest Hard Rock Cafe I've ever been into but the staff were nice, the service was very good and because of its position on the busy main road the outside seats are a good place for people watching.
Dress Code: Casual
Crowded and trendy
In most Cretean towns you'll find views like the one in this picture. During the day the street is hardly attended. When the night comes crowds appear there and the clubs become overcrowded. Loud music, colorful drinks (buy two, get one free), lots of new friends - that's what you can expect there.Related to:
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Various: Old Venetian Harbor ....
There are numerous restaurants, bars and discos adjacent the Old Harbor in Chania. I recommend you steer away from the "American Alley" bars as this is NOT where the locals congregate.
If you find someone handing you an advertisement for a bar or disco, you can be sure that is not the bar or disco for you. There are several restaurants with views of the Harbor and they employ hawkers to entice you to go in. Stay away!
The Old Harbor is a beautiful place to walk and take pictures but keep on walking past the harbor until you reach the port where all the boats are tied up. Or if you walk in the opposite direction past the Naval Museum/Fort. There are bars for drinking and for dancing or both.
One of my favorite hang outs is Metropolitan on Halidon Street. They have an excellent menu and decent music ranging from cuban and jazz sounds to a live piano bar, depending on which night you visit. If the place is packed, which is is most nights, there is seating upstairs.
Another of my favorites is Rudy's Beer Garden. Wide selection of the finest beers, each served in their own distinct glass and they also offer delicatessen platters to accompany your beer.
For an off the beaten path yet popular recommendation, I offer Navagio (Shipwreck), a wine bar between the market and the football stadium. Close to the harbor yet near the minaret. There is a small plaza close by.
If you like dancing, check out '4x4' down by the pool or 'Taj Majal' near the port.
Dress Code: As in most of Europe, Cretans like to dress up when they go out at night and if you fit in, you will pass the doormen, employed at most respectable establishments, without problem.
Docker slacks, button down shirt, and penny loafers would be the minimum attire I would recommend for a night on the town.
In general, jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers will stop you from entering most establishments.Related to:
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U2 Rock bar: Rock in Hersonissos
It´s the place near the beach in pedestrian street where you don´t need to listen the disco-music,they wont play it!Staff is friendly.They play quite a lot U2-music,but also many other bands.Tell you the truth-haven´t listen U2 after that..But still would go there again,if I would be ther,becouse everywhere else it was only loud discomusic!
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Bar Bliss, Stalis: Bar Dancing (literally!)
Bar Bliss is run by english guys and is young and happening, but they dont mind the odd middle aged young at heart types going in for drinks and shots! So dust off the glam rock chick regalia you had in the 80s and go for it!
We loved the atmosphere, really upbeat, great music, and a helping hand off the bar when fatigue set in!
Thanks to James who never failed to give us his gorgeous 100 watt smile each day we passed by.
Dress Code: Everything goes - holiday night club so dress up or down, they dont mind.Related to:
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Creta Restaurant: Greek NIght
Situated on the main street running through Stalis, directly on the beach.
On Wednesdays there is a Greek Night.
You can pay set price of around £10 in English for 3 course meal and greek dancing thrown in. They danced several diffent dances then got everyone up on the floor. Great night, everyone mixed very well from table to table and generally have a good time. The drinks bill was really reasonable at end of evening - 1 o.clock am !
Best to book and choose you table few days in advance..
Dress Code: Anything goes
good dancing shoes !!Related to:
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On Bar Street: Cocktails in Malia
I just found this pic and it bought back a million memories from our great holiday in Crete! Ii just love it when a photo does that to ya!
Anyway, this is a bar (cant remember the name!), on Bar street in Malia, they served the maddest range of cocktails I have ever had in my life! The best being the "BLADIATOR"!!! Mix Ouzo, Tequila and Rum together and what do you get.....a very drunk Ali!!!
I always choose the strongest for some reason!Related to:
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Cocktails galore!: mmmmmmm
In Malia all of the bars serve literally hundreds of cocktails, I have never seen menus anywhere else this before!
We had a few EVERY night!!!
Try Alexander.....Brandy and coffee liqour, I think that Michaels got a ble lagoon in this pic!Related to:
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Malia Main strip: Nightime in Malia
The main strip in Malia stretches from the top of Malia right down to the beach.
There are tons of bars and a few clubs.
A really good bar was Wembley Bar - we got friendly with the owner and he gave us free tequila and whiskey!!
Club UK, was one of the better nightclubs,
but all I can say is start at the top of the street and finish when you fall down!
Dress Code: No drinking in the street, the police were very hot on this, and will take it away from you.Related to:
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Mundos, Ekentro, Klik, DNA: Party like Rockstars
Hania and nearby Platanias have plenty of clubs and bars to choose from. Many play music for all kinds of tastes-and some are tasteless. Most are bars with great mix of clientele, mostly tourists. There is a Greek "side" to the harbor and I have rarely been over to any of the clubs there.
Mundos-Great owners and lots of support for the military and tour companies that operate there in Crete. The DJ will play just about anything
DNA-more of your rock-n-roll type of music as well as their neighbor Scorpios-got some currency? Sign it and put it on the wall, it may be there when you return.
Ekentro & Klik are both clubs with R&B and Hip Hop playing. Each has its own character.
Dress Code: Greeks always go out looking nice. It is a good idea to look like you have made an effort. But seriously anything goes. It will just depend on the bouncers and what type of night people are having.
Get ready for some crazy nights....
Just go down to the beach... a lot is happening there...
But don't be surprised... there are plenty of people who'll drag you into those bars... offer you a drink on the house etc...
just have fun...
Hania's Harborfront: Happening Harbor
All along Hania's harborfront lie many bars and clubs. The best part about it, is that each offers a free drink when you go inside. So, three clubs, three drinks! Thats a good way to start the night! The clubs themselves are very small and don't have much character, so don't expect a throw-down party atmosphere. But, it will suffice!
Dress Code: Whatever you want; its Greece! I wore sandles and shorts, no problem.
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