Ios is a magical island where the days are spent jumping off cliffs into the sparkly clear Aegean sea and exploring the island with it’s ragged cliffs and olive groves by quad bike.
During the day the town is peaceful, quite and quaint, you stroll around feeling as if you are in a postcard. However when the sun goes down and the moon comes out, the commotion begins!
There is a sense of Smirnoff blue infused excitement in the air, as every second building becomes a little bar each with it’s own personality.
Astra will tempt you with it’s lively, bright vibes, fresh cocktail menu and every so often Simba the lion makes an appearance just to boost the hakuna matata vibes.
Slammer bar will hit you like a hammer and leave you reeling, dizzy and slightly disorientated, quite literally, as entry includes a free drink, which involves the bartender ceremoniously whacking you on the head with the shot glass, followed by an aftershock post shot whack with a hammer, skateboard, or if you are really lucky a giant black dildo.
Most nights end at Sweet Irish Dreams, where the bar occasionally goes up in flames and all sense of time is recklessly abandoned to the greater cause of celebrating youth, summer, holidays and other all too fleeting things.
When exhaustion gets the better of you,grab a tzatziki gyros with chips to soak up the smirnoff north shots, hold on to your free t-shirts and try to avoid falling off a cliff on you stumble home, a breezy day of drinking slushies, swimming in the ocean and eating as much saganaki as your heart desires awaits.
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