Faliraki, Greece is the original party destination and, even with all the competition out there, it still holds its own. The resort has the three things all party places need: beaches, cheap drinks and sunshine. The area is ideal for uni students and holidaymakers in their twenties as clubbers tend to be around this age, rather than eighteen-year-olds on their first holiday alone. This means bars and clubs have a great, chilled-out atmosphere with fun being the first thing on the menu after mojitos.
It’s had a clean-up in recent years but drinks in Faliraki’s bars and pubs are still wonderfully cheap; we’re talking a couple of beers for 5 euros and 2 for 1s everywhere you look. There are some great accommodation options too, helping to keep costs down for travellers on a budget.
If you’re planning a boozy summer break with your mates, look no further. This is your guide to the best bars and clubs in Faliraki and a couple of practical hints and tips on how to get there and where to stay.
Bar Street by name, Bar Street by nature. The main strip in Faliraki is pretty self-explanatory. The street comes to life around 10pm and is full of bars and pubs with friendly staff and well-priced booze. Here are my top picks.
Chaplins is a good bar for your first night in Greece. It’s right on the seafront with stunning views across the beach and is a great place to watch the sunset with your mates before heading out to party. You’ll be paying a tad over the odds for your drinks here, but its worth it for the friendly staff and stunning location. It’s great for cocktails and beers and trying out those unusual, Day-Glo liquors you find abroad. In season, they have live DJ sets which get pretty lively and will help get your night off to a good start.
Chaplins is also the place to go for a full English breakfast the morning after the night before.
Top Tip: Best cocktail? A classic Mojito.
Kelly’s Irish Bar
Kelly’s is a proper Irish bar. That means you walk in and after ten minutes you feel like you’ve known everyone in there your whole life. The bar staff are great fun and you can get your hands on a pint of Guinness here if that’s your poison. The bar has a nice atmosphere with varied music, so you can go back a few times and not feel bored. Kelly’s also has live music nights a few times a week and they will definitely get you on the karaoke after a drink or two. For a more chilled out start to your evening, have a game of pool or darts or hang out in their large beer garden.
Again, Club Street speaks for itself. Things tend to get going here around 1am and a few hours later the streets become a kind of open-air disco with music pumping out into the night from various clubs. There are a lot of options to choose from, so keep your eyes open for free entry or deals on drinks. However, these two clubs are Faliraki classics and you should definitely check them out before you leave.
Liquid Club is the only club in Faliraki with two floors and each level has a different vibe. Downstairs is a bit of a mixed bag with electro house, trance and old school club classics playing through the night, whereas upstairs has more R’n’B and hip-hop vibe with a sprinkling of the charts.
Liquid opens at midnight and you can stay until 7 am if you’ve got the stamina. Free entrance before 1 am is something to keep in mind, though the second floor, the best in my opinion, only opens up at 2.30 am. The club is usually heaving and has a great atmosphere – dancing on the bars is encouraged. The only downside is that the drinks here can be pricy compared to bars and pubs so don’t forget to pre.
If cheap drinks are what you are after, head to DC Club where you’ll find similar prices to those in nearby bars. If you’re lucky you’ll pick up free entry from some of their promoters, otherwise it’s a few euros to get in. This usually includes a drink or free shot. DC – Dance City – is known for having the best DJs in the area and you’ll probably end up here dancing the night away a few times on your trip.
Top Tip: If you’re around on a Wednesday it tends to be pretty quiet in the clubs as it is change-over day. This is the best night to keep it low key and grab a few beers on the beach.
Where to Stay
Sunny Studios – Sunny Studios is great value and is just a few hundred yards from the centre of Faliraki. Drinks and snacks are available near the pool, but each studio comes with a kitchenette where you can prepare easy meals to keep costs down. Pesto pasta anyone?
Haven Beach – This cheap and cheerful hotel is literally one minute from the beach – you can even order drinks to your sunbed. Comfy beds and friendly staff make this a great option in Faliraki.
Telhinis Hotel – Telhinis Hotel is ten minutes from the beach and has nice, big rooms with the all-important minibars. The hotel’s all-day bar serves drinks, cocktails and snacks but the strip is just a short walk away.
How to Get There
Getting to Faliraki really couldn’t be easier. Fly into Rhodes Airport (RHO) from London; with over 40 flights a week on this route, you’re spoilt for choice. The flight takes just under four hours, perfect for a cheeky nap before you hit the strip.
I would recommend grabbing a Shuttle Direct transfer from Rhodes Airport to take you to your hotel. It only takes about 25 minutes and is nice and cheap, especially when travelling in a group. Simply book a shared shuttle in advance for an efficient and stress-free transfer.
About Shuttle Direct
Shuttle Direct provides the ideal service for party people heading to Faliraki. Our friendly drivers will be waiting for you as you step into the sunshine and will carry you away to your accommodation. We have a very convenient online booking service with fixed rates and no booking fees: transparent and good value for money.