AYIA NAPA NIGHT LIFE
Ayia Napa has some of the best night life in Europe. With a wide choice of clubs and over 80 bars, there truly is something for everyone in Ayia Napa. Whether you're looking for a crazy party holiday, a fun family break or a grown up chilled out getaway, Ayia Napa has bars, clubs and entertainment to suit every taste and budget. From the latest EDM, Hip Hop, House and RnB, right through to cheesy tunes, rock music, acoustic performances and tribute acts. See our Bar Guide for more information on Ayia Napa's bars, and the Club Guide for where to have the best nights out.
When to visit Ayia Napa
The busiest time of year in Ayia Napa is late June until early August when there are around 8 weeks of madness. Big events with top name acts, worldwide DJ's and special guest appearances all happen during this time.
The summer season in Ayia Napa actually runs from April until October so if you come outside the peak times you will still find plenty going on. Most bars and clubs open up during April or May and most don't close until October.
Making the most of Ayia Napa.
Most of the bars around the main square and strip in Ayia Napa open at around 8pm. They don't get busy though until around 11pm. This doesn't mean that you should stay in your hotel or power nap until that time, it just means that you can wind into your night and find the best offers on drinks. Many bars will do happy hours before 11pm and many do buy one get one free plus free shots.
Earlier in the evening the bars that have cheap drink offers and sit down table service tend to be busier than the party bars in the town centre. bars at the bottom end of the strip, along Nissi Avenue and towards the harbour are popular with those starting the night off, families, couples and those wanting a bit more of a quiet night.
Once the party bars in the square and on the strip get going at around 11pm, it gets very busy with people spilling out onto the streets and all sorts of music blasting out as bars compete with each other to attract crowds.
The clubs open at around 1am but some bars go on serving drinks until 3am or later, although they can't play loud music that late. Most clubs will offer free entry if you go in early and most bars will give out free entry tickets to clubs when you buy a drink. Ayia Napa clubs usually close around 5am with a couple of late clubs staying open until 7 or 8am.
The Ayia Napa Bar Scene.......
So after your cheap drinks and trendy cocktails you might want to move a little closer to the action. The bars on and around the main square in Ayia Napa start to fill up around 11pm and this is where the music is loud, sitting down is a no-no and the atmosphere is electric. Everything from Dubstep, Trance, Party, Rock, and everything in between can be heard as the streets throng with the pre-club crowd. Expect dancing on the bars, lots of exposed flesh and plenty of flirting. Ayia Napa is a sexy place in the summer and the hours of midnight until 4 am is when things get hot. People spill out of bars all over the centre of Ayia Napa turning the streets into one big party.
If price is important........
For cheap drinks in Ayia Napa there are 2 main areas where prices are low. The first one is on the main strip as you come away from the square down past Carwash Disco. Bars such as Simos Magic, Sea Cavern and Craigs all offer drinks from €2.
Heading away from the square in the opposite direction towards Ayia Napa harbour, bars such as Golden Arrow, Tommys, and Queen Vic have similar prices. Now you do get what you pay for so don't expect these bars to be in any way upmarket or trendy. They might be showing the X-factor or football. They might have families with kids in them and they might have a rather dubious music policy, But if cheap drinks is what you want then that's what you'll get.
If you prefer upmarket.......
At the opposite end of the scale are the newer, classier places where drinks come out of bottles with names you've heard of, furniture is comfy and quirky rather than wipe clean, and the music will create ambiance and atmosphere.
These bars are multiplying rapidly as Ayia Napa develops from a drink till you drop party capital to a more cosmopolitan resort. Check out Liquid Cafe Bar, ultra-trendy
Pepper, Cafe Central, Jello and Fresh.
Drinks are slightly more expensive in these bars but still good value for money with proper measures of real spirits and an exotic selection of luxury brands and cocktails. Perfect to pick up the pre-club buzz, and also very popular among non-drinkers for their huge selection of speciality juices and coffees, these bars attract a mix of nationalities and ages.
Join the Club......
The clubs in Ayia Napa open around 1am and close about 5am. There are club nights, special events and international superstar DJ's on every night from June through till August and plenty of things going on in the other months as well. If you're still going strong after 5am, there are 2 after clubs to carry you through till around 7 or 8 am. River Reggae and Aqua both have pools so you can go from night to day with little effort.