Gay Mykonos and Santorini
Gay life in the Greek Islands
Arguably the most beautiful of all Greek islands, Mykonos was turned into one of the world's top gay destinations and as a result also a trendy hotspot for everyone. When the island is described as "gay-friendly," it should be taken very literally as it has a certain sophisticated and exclusive vibe, yet it's also laid-back and attitude-free. Because many follow it with a visit to Santorini, that romantic island is also a popular destination for gay travelers, although it lacks any real exclusively gay hotspots. Perhaps Santorini is used as the place to rest after beach-hopping and all-night partying in Mykonos, where toned and tanned guys flock to the gay clothing-optional SUPER PARADISE BEACH and ELIA BEACHduring the day, and put on their most stylish fashions for a night around the town. There are summer days when it seems that 9 out of 10 people you see is a gay tourist, and most of the city's nightspots know that. That means you can choose to go to any of the places recommended below for a mostly gay crowd, but if you go elsewhere you'll still find a mix of gay and straight intent on enjoying the night.
Very popular bar and club with a variety of dance beats and the occasional drag show.
The most famous gay bar in Mykonos owes its success to its friendly atmosphere for cocktail sipping starting at sunset and through the night to the sound of classical tunes.
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Located by the famous Niko's Tavern and the harbour, this is a popular spot for post-dinner drinks. It starts earlier than other bars and gets crowded towards midnight. After that some choose to move on to somewhere else, while others stay all night long.
Piano Bar Montparnasse
Located just behind Little Venice, this lounge-piano bar serves some exotic cocktails in an intimate setting filled with a mostly gay crowd.
As the first official gay bar in Mykonos, this is a famous place every gay visitor ends up at. It is often the place to end the night, with a lounge area for people-watching while elsewhere the crowd moves to the house beats or takes a look at the drag queens putting on a show.
No, the name does not mean this is a sex club. It's a lively place for drinks with a view of the harbor from its terrace, and with live shows at midnight in between dancing to the latest dance hits.
This summertime bar is the place for drinks during the day. While considered a gay hotspot, it really gets a mixed crowd.
This gay-friendly beach bar serves light Greek dishes during the day while at night the music is turned on and the crowds enjoy a mixture of Greek and international sounds as they chat over drinks.
Ginger Sushi Lounge
Santorini's first sushi lounge is also a gay-friendly choice for chilling out with a cocktail. The fish is local, and it's a great excuse to go to Firostefani, one of the most authentic parts of the island.
Practically all hotels in Mykonos are gay-friendly. But these are the ones who openly say it:
Tharroe of Mykonos Hotel
The Majestic Hotel
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