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Probably the best places in Kefalonia for nights out are the chic seaside town of Fiskardo and the capital, Argostoli. At the former, you can rub shoulders with well-dressed yacht owners in the al fresco setting of a former mine at Kastro Club (which opens in August on the slopes behind the village). In the latter, you can party at Bass Club (near Vallianos Square) or at Cinema Music Club (Vallianos Square), which is (unsurprisingly) in an old cinema.
Outside of this handful of clubbing destinations, most of Kefalonia’s nightlife scene revolves around bars. For expertly-mixed cocktails, head for Bees Knees in Argostoli (8 Rizospastan) and sample imaginatively-named concoctions such as Oh My! Collins, made with gin, watermelon soda, lemon and spiced syrup. If you like your cocktails with a side serving of Ionian sea views, pull up a stool at Lassi’s Logos Grand View (Lassi 281 00) or at Captain’s Bar (Skala School Road) in Skala.
And for feet-in-the-sand daytime drinking (you are on holiday after all!), try Cova Cafe Beach Bar on the gorgeous Avithos Beach, about 12 kilometres (7 miles) south-west of Argostoli, or head to the Wooden Beach Bar on Xi Beach in Lixouri.
When Mother Nature’s scene-stealing nightly show (sunset, of course) is over, you may find yourself looking for your next fix of entertainment in Kefalonia. Thankfully, the island is home to many spots where you can grab a drink and enjoy a good show. If belting out cheesy pop at the top of your lungs is your idea of fun, then you might like the karaoke nights at So Simple (on the main road in Lassi) or at Bar 360 (Vlachata, Lourdas).
Tavernas the length and breadth of Kefalonia are also the setting for traditional nightly entertainment. In Kefalonia, that means plate smashing, fire dancing and sirtaki, a traditional Greek dance that’s also known as Zorbas.
Kefalonians tend to be fun-loving fans of singing, dancing and drinking, so you may well see them joining in with the traditionally-dressed staff at these local drinking and dining establishments.