Rethymnon is the perfect place to go to for an evening of fun. Whether you wish to dance till dawn or you just want to relax and listen to live music while enjoying a cocktail. Luckily most of the nightlife facilities are near our hotel in Rethymnon, so you won’t have to go far to enjoy a great evening in an enticing surrounding!

If you want to go out you can go to Pasarela Street, by the Ideon Hotel at the harbour. It is a lively place with bars and cafes filled with young people simply getting together to chat and perhaps eat a few meze dishes.

Another popular hangout is the area around the little square by the Rimondi fountain. Sometimes nightclubs and parties are advertised on notices here, such as those in Adele some 8km out of town. But why go so far when there is plenty of life right in front of you? Here we mention a few popular pubs and bars in Rethymnon (Crete).


Maistros is in fact a restaurant-bar, but here we concentrate on the bar side of things. It has an amazing garden that goes right down to the water’s edge, with outstanding views of the Fortezza. It is a great place to sit back and enjoy a cool beer or ouzo. Though sitting outside is the best thing about this stylish restaurant, it is not adrift in the cooler months. There is a large panoramic bar and one can wrap up and enjoy a warm soup or a nice cappuccino while the waves crash on the rocks outside.


Chaplins is a little corner establishment that boasts a great view of the sea. It has a good bar and gets rave reviews for being anti-rave. The word is that this is the place to go to for classic rock and roll and lots of popular music.

Metropolis Rethymnon

This stalwart year-round bar in the Venetian old town near the old harbour has already been mentioned before. It has been the most popular of all for the last five years. They play a mixture of Greek pop and foreign hits, with the occasional live band.

Fortezza Club

Fortezza is another classic establishment of the Rethymnon nightlife. With laser entertainment, it could be said to be pretty glitzy, but it is unquestionably popular and its 3 bars really start to fill up after midnight.

Baja Beach Rethymnon

Baja is highly recommended, but many say it’s just as good, if not better, during the day. It operates as a beach hangout during the day boasting comfy deckchairs, palm trees and bars surrounding a large pool. From 23.30 until dawn though, it transforms into an intense dance club, playing pop and Greek music. It is open during the main June- September season.

Raki Baraki

This low-key place is run by the owners of the renowned Avli Restaurant; however this is a much more laid-back mezedes or starters bar – something between a taverna and a bar, with tables on a quiet back street and live music.

And finally, if all this partying is becoming a little tiring you can go watch an old movie at an outdoor cinema. The Asteria is at Melissinou 21, and the (indoor) Cine Appollon is at Mesologiou 18. Both of these places are closed in the off-season.

We hope our list helps you to enjoy the nightlife in Crete. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask our staff.

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