Gay Mykonos: guide to the best gay bars, clubs and beaches

Stefan Arestis

We love coming to Mykonos, especially during the summer months when thousands of gays from all around the world congregate on this tiny Greek island.

Mykonos is often ranked as one of the top gay-friendly destinations in the the world and for good reason. It's got a mix of lively and tranquil gay beaches, along with some of the best summer parties. We always try to factor in a visit here every summer and always have a blast.

This is our guide to gay Mykonos featuring the best gay beaches, bars, clubs and events.

Best gay beaches on Mykonos

Most will base themselves in Mykonos town, on the western side of the island, which is where all the gay bars and clubs are. The gay beaches of Mykonos are located on the southern tip of the island, which you can reach either by public bus+boat (1 hour) or rent a car/moped (30 mins drive).

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Elia beach

Elia is not only the most popular gay beach on Mykonos island, it's one of our 5 favourite gay beaches in Europe. Elia beach is a well-managed sandy beach with great quality shades and sun beds for rent. Head here in July/August time and it's packed full of gay boys of all shapes and sizes. The climax is late August when the famous XLSIOR gay party takes place. 

We love the nearby beach restaurant, which has a bar service and also serves up delicious fresh fish. Beyond Elia beach is a second, more isolated beach, which is popular with nudists at its far end.

Super Paradise Beach

Super Paradise used to be the sole exclusive gay beach of Mykonos, but today welcomes everyone. Come here expecting loud music and partying all day long. For more privacy and relaxed sunbathing, head towards the nearby Jackie O’ Beach Club

Meanwhile after 4pm, check out the Super Paradise Club on the other side of the beach, which comes alive with some of the best beach parties that go on into the night. 

Agrari Beach

Agrari beach is located next to Elia Beach over a rocky outcrop. It's more low key here, making it popular with nudists. Every time we've visited Elia beach, we'd head over to Agrari for a more chilled and relaxed atmosphere, although note the sand here is more coarse.

Lia Beach

Lia is a smaller sandy beach that we really liked. It's located further away from Elia beach, close to Kalafatis beach, making it more peaceful and remote. You do however need a car/moped to reach it.

The bay is sheltered on both sides by hills, with an effective wind break so you can sunbathe without spitting sand out every two minutes. You can rent sun loungers here and also hang out at the Liasti Lia Beach Restaurant.

Kalafatis Beach

Kalafatis is one of the longest sandy beaches on the island, and the most remote of all the gay beaches of Mykonos. It's located near Lia beach, but further east, so you need a car/moped to reach it. As a result it's the most remote of all the beaches, which is part of its appeal.

This wind here is very strong, making it ideal for windsurfers. Luckily the beach is protected from the wind by a line of pine trees, so you can sunbathe without fearing loads of sand blowing all over you.

Elia gay beach Mykonos
Hanging out on Elia gay beach with friends

Gay bars in Mykonos

We love the gay scene of Mykonos. During the summer months, there's always something happening every evening in one of the many gay bars and clubs in Mykonos Town.

Jackie O’

This is the most popular gay bar of Mykonos. We love the drag shows here which happen every evening. Jackie O' is a two-storey dance bar, where most come to start the night. The upstairs terrace is more intimate, with some gorgeous views over the Aegean Sea.

Porta Bar

A chic bar mostly famous for its delicious cocktails and welcoming atmosphere. We love the music here which ranges from jazz to upbeat dance tunes.

Kastro’s Bar

We love this small bar because of the picturesque balcony area. It's the perfect spot for a romantic drink with your lover, with the backdrop of the Aegean sea behind you. Kastro's Bar is an excellent option for early evening pre-dinner drinks.  

Elysium Bar

Located on top of the Elysium gay hotel, famous for its cabaret shows. This is one of our favourite places to come in Mykonos for views of the island, especially at sunset. As well as the cabaret shows, they also have themed nights here with live DJs and GoGo dancers.

Lola Bar

Another bar on the Mykonos gay scene, with easily the friendliest staff on the island. The cocktails are amazing and the decor exudes quirky romance. Lots of the boys from Super Paradise Beach will end up here at some stage during the evening as well!

Gay clubs in Mykonos

The majority of the queer hangouts in Mykonos are bars with a late licence that morph into clubs later in the night. These are the main gay clubs in Mykonos to check out:

Babylon

Babylon is the most popular gay club of Mykonos, located next door to Jackie O’ gay bar. It has a beautiful outside terrace and lounge seating, but inside, this is where the main party fun happens. Every evening during the summer months there's a mix of drag shows, Go-Go dancers and other themed events

At54

Also called @54 or 54Bar, this is a fun lounge, terrace, bar and club attached to the Townhouse boutique hotel. You can have romantic sunset cocktails on the terrace while listening to pop music, and then head into the sleek club interior to dance the night away. We love the weekly parties here, definitely worth checking out.

Gay Mykonos drag act at Babylon gay club in Mykonoa
One of the hilarious drag acts at Babylon gay club

Gay events in Mykonos: XLSIOR

THE main event here is the XLSIOR festival, which usually takes place in late August. This is one of Europe's best annual summer gay dance festivals, with international DJs, hot men and loads of sunshine fun.

Highlights include the opening pool party at the Elysium hotel, and the many parties at Cavo Paradiso, which usually spill out on to Elia beach.

XLSIOR gay event in Mykonos

Other practical information for gay Mykonos

  • Where to stay: Elysium and Geranium are the main gay hotels on Mykonos. If travelling as a group of friends, then definitely consider renting out an apartment together. We did that on our first visit, which was during the expensive peak month in August, which saved us a lot of money. Check this post out for a more comprehensive guide about hotels in Mykonos.
  • When to come: the peak period is the last 2 weeks of August during the big gay Xlsior Festival however, the island is packed with family tourists as well, so consider coming in September when children go back to school.
  • How to get to Mykonos: you can either take a 5.5 hours ferry from Athens to Mykonos, or fly directly to Mykonos airport from Athens and most destinations in Europe with budget airlines like Easyjet.
Gay Mykonos renting a villa
Renting a villa in Mykonos definitely the way forward!

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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

8 thoughts on “Gay Mykonos: guide to the best gay bars, clubs and beaches”

  1. Mykonos can also be reached with high speed boats from Athens (either Piraeus or Rafina ports) in 2.5 to 3 hours!

    Lots of happy cruising around Paraportiani church at night or Elia rocks and hill (naked) during the day. Much fun!

  2. Lola is a great bar aswell. I missed it on your site. We had a lot of fun there last week. We met a lot of paradisebirds there.
    Unfortunately, the pianobar is closed.

  3. …hi you wonderful guys, the recommendations you have are nice but i miss one of the best gay bars, Lola Bar, Zanni Pitaraki 4, Chora, very nice staff, charming owner, good music and guys from all over the world, luv this place 👍🏻😉😘 kind regards Hans

  4. You are the most beautiful gay couple on the internet! Mykonos is unquestionably THE top destination for gay travel in Greece, if not in Europe. However, keep in mind that unfortunately things are changing and due to the uprising of “traditional” family values and all that stuff, Greece is less tolerant than 10-15 years ago. Ηomophobic attacks are growing worryingly, so discretion in public places would be more than suggested. Unfortunately….

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