Nightlife of Laganas, Zante
In the south of Zante is Laganas, which boasts one of the longest beaches in the entire Mediterranean. With a wide choice of bars, fun clubs and a healthy dose of party people, Laganas is a top summer fun destination. The resort is mainly centred around R&B, HipHop and Dance Music and its DJ's pride themselves on having all the pre-releases and popular tracks.
As a prime 18-30 holiday destination casual sex is common place. Please be aware that condoms are not freely available and there are rarely machines in pubs and clubs. There is one small chemist on the strip but it has limited opening hours. If you do intend to visit and are planning on casual sexual relationships be sensible and pack plently of condoms! Sexually Transmitted Infections are common and treatment may not be immediately available.
Laganas Bars and Clubs
Bad Boys - The first bar on the strip from the beach it attracts big numbers every night. Together with Waikiki, forms the R&B and HipHop backbone of Laganas. The balcony of this bar is a great place to chill during the day and early evening with a panoramic view of the beach allowing the perfect opportunity for people watching or may i say "babe spotting".
After midnight, the outside area is cordoned off and the party really begins, into the wee hours and beyond, Bad Boys stays open through till 5am on weekdays and later at the weekends.
|Waikiki - With its excellent location at the bottom of the main Laganas Road, just a few metres from the beach, the all new Waikiki, which reopened in the summer of 2008, after a complete refit, is a state of the art night club boasting some of the best lighting equipment on the island. With supurb lasers and a massive lighting rig, their lightshows will astound you. The music is a blend of RnB Bassline 4x4 Soul House Anthems and Urban classics with various guest DJ's from the UK's best clubs. Drinks here are very reasonable and the measures and very generous. Music is loud, spirits are high and the bar staff are notoriously frisky. So girls watch out!|
|Medousa - Very popular with 18-30 pub crawls, this bar has mainly dance and chart music. It can be pricey so be careful. It is located in the centre of Laganas, right next door to Rescue and is this year bigger then is was a few years back, possibly 3 times bigger. With an outside seating area with large bar it is the ideal place for people watching on those crazy Laganas nights. Inside the club the DJ plays the best in new dance and R&B 7 nights a week. Fantastic lighting and a very strong sound system sit well in this huge club. There is a big Island bar in the centre of the club with bartenders serving on every side to make sure there is always good service. Well recommended.|
Rescue Bar - Situated in the centre of Laganas it is the biggest and best club outside Athens playing all the latest chart and dance music. It's always packed (with approximately 1200 people in the main area), drinks are reasonable and the bar staff are some of the best in the area providing constant entertainment including fire breathing, flame throwing and dance routines.... you guessed it involving fire.
This bar/club offers a large bar overlooking the main strip and a UK style club at the rear. Regular Guest Dj's including Dave Pearce and Judge Jules.
Zero's - Next to Rescue, Zeros Club is one of the most popular clubs in Laganas! Spread across 4 seperate areas Zeros boasts 5 Bars and 2 Dancefloors.
This bar/club plays a mixture of new house, dance and R&B from some of Europes biggest DJ's.
Cherry Bay Beach Club - Situated right on the beach opposite Bad Boys and Waikiki. This club has a Baywatch theme with a DJ in a speedboat and the bar staff in wetsuits. The club offers dance and chart music and caters for young clubbers who want to drink and dance. One of its many features is a communal shower area. In the height of summer the club can sometimes smell of vomit due its lack of windows.
With a strict "Party & Cheese" music policy this place is always jumping. Although it's one of the smaller Clubs in Laganas it still boasts a huge bar that fills the length of the club and the DJ plays music from the speedboat.
La Bamba - One of the karaoke bars in Laganas, La Bamba has a fun atmosphere and is located on the main strip. This is one of the few family friendly bars in the area.
Open 8 till late every night they have plenty of entertainment for you during the night. It has a nice chilled out area at the front bar or the karaoke club inside.
|Cocktails and Dreams - Based on the bar from the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail with a 50-strong cocktail menu these guys know how to mix.|
|Mad Murphys - A relaxed Irish bar with a pool table, draught Guinness and video screens. This bar is found halfway down the main strip. Perfect for a quiet drink in the afternoon or a warm up for a heavy evening.|
Where To Eat
Important when you fall out of a club at 6am or need refuelling midway, are looking for a light lunch or an interesting dinner. Laganas has a wide range of restaurants, snack bars and fast food outlets.
Below are a selection of my favourites.
|Mama's Place - Mama's does a mean kebab or gyros (pronounced 'gee-ross') served with chips inside. I would recommend a dollop of Mama's special "Sexy Sauce". Possibly one of the best snack stops in the area and conveniently situated opposite Rescue.|
|Fatsos - A restaurant open from breakfast until late evening. American-run, this outdoor BBQ Grill lets you pay a flat fee to eat all you want. A varied range is available every night some with themes such as seafood or steak and ribs. A full range of salads, vegetables, grilled meats, fish and hamburgers is generally available. A full bar may also be enjoyed. Guaranteed to increase your waistline!|
|Georgios - Next to Fatsos on the Kalamaki Road this is a Canadian, Greek restaurant with a hint of Italian. Offering excellent food and service I would certainly recommend you visit at least once during your stay in Laganas. Recently changed hands to new management.|
|The Blue Sea - On the beach front just passed Bad boys this family owned restaurant offers traditional Greek food in a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere. A great place to stop for lunch or to visit for Dinner I would again recommend visiting at least once during your stay. Nothing is to much trouble, if you can't see what you want on their menu just ask. They will normally prepare it for you. This restaurant also offers rooms for rent, they are simply furnished but in an excellent location.|
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