Whether you’re travelling with friends or a partner, you need to experience a great night out in the largest city on Crete. We want to share with you our favorite local nightlife destinations in Heraklion that will certainly make your night.
1. Manitu Sunset Bliss
Leof. Sofokli Venizelou, Heraklion 712 02
Manitu is the newest ‘chic venue’ in the city of Heraklion and one of the best bars to be in during the sunset hours. Stylishly decorated with a bohemian theme and accompanied by a great view of the sea, it’s truly the perfect place to snap that Instagram story. Cocktails are inventive and tasty but on the pricier side. It’s an ideal place to come with friends if you want to dress to impress. They also hold sunset parties with live music performances which is an added bonus to the whole experience. Make sure to make a reservation to score the best seats.
Eleutherias Square 29, 5th Floor, Heraklion 712 01
With a goal to create an oasis in the city, Toucan is a new hidden gem that’s worth a visit. Not only does it provide an impressive view of the Heraklion city center, but the space takes guests into a visual journey to the jungle. They captured the essence of the rainforest using lush plants and wooden textures, combined with modern elements, which makes it a great bar to enjoy a drink if you care about the ambience. The drinks menu is a mix of classic and interesting signature cocktails that are well worth a try.
3. Wets & Drys Days and Nights
Korai 7, Heraklion 712 02
Wets & Drys is set in a renovated landmark building located in the heart of Heraklion city, and open for all day dining. Commendable for their wide selection of exceptional cocktails, this place is perfect for a night of casual drinks. Staff have an excellent knowledge of what they serve and can offer you the right cocktail choices depending on your taste. The cozy atmosphere of the bar makes it popular amongst locals and tourists.
4. Xalavro Open Bar
Milatou 10, Heraklion 712 02
If you want to feel the vibrancy of Heraklion, then you need to make room for this one. Xalavro is an all-day open space for coffee and drinks that emerged from the ruins of an old house right in the center of the old town. The bar prides themselves for honoring the rich tradition of spirits and cocktails with emphasis on fresh and local products. The ambience is lively, especially during the weekends, so it will surely put you in a good mood. In addition, Xalavro also operates an open kitchen restaurant, which stands right by the bar, that offers Mediterranean cuisine with an Asian flair. Whether you try the open kitchen or bar, you won’t leave disappointed.
5. Swing Thing
Arkoleon 13, Heraklion 712 02
If you care for superb cocktails and unusual cocktail creations, this is the place. Nominated as the one of the best bars in Greece at the Athinorama Bar Award 2020, Swing Thing aims to elevate the cocktail game of Heraklion. Although not as spacious as the other bars mentioned before, the mixologist at this bar has mastered his craft. The location also allows you to people-watch and be in a vibrant environment. So, for a no-fuss evening drink that’s worth every penny, this bar is not to be missed.
6. The Garden
Aretousas, Heraklion 712 02
The Garden is one of the hippest bars in town that attracts the trendiest crowd of Heraklion. The setting exudes a cool and relaxed vibe, great for a chilled hangout with friends. Open air, great music, and impeccable cocktails that gives justice to local ingredients, is what you can expect at this bar. Occasionally, you can catch live performances at The Garden. They also serve a fusion of Polynesian and Japanese cuisine to pair with signature cocktails and wine list. We recommend giving their sushi a try as they are often praised for their tasty sushi selection. Try coming in a bit early or call for a reservation to avoid a long wait.
Kapetan Charalampi 3, Heraklion 712 02
Opus is right up your alley if you’re a wine lover due to their extensive wine list with great options of local wines. The atmosphere is warm and charming, set in a courtyard filled with fairy lights, greenery, stoned walls, and wooden tables. It’s a perfect spot for couples who prefer to have a more laid-back night. They also do cocktails if you’re not too keen with the wine but would like to experience this place.