So, a big reason my travel partner wanted to come to Mykonos was for the gay scene, and boy is there a gay scene. We obviously had to check out as much as possible and that we did.
After a bit of research we determined that there are 4 big gay bars in Mykonos – 2 we actually liked.
First was Lola’s, which is hidden in little Venice. It was really quiet and small to be honest. We didn’t dig it too much but it would be a great place for a couple or some quiet drinks as it’s more like a lounge than a club.
Then there is Jackie O’s – one of the better known ones. It’s around the corner on the water next to old port – in between the port and little Venice. Early in the evening (okay anytime before 1am) it has this cool little vibe to it on the tables out the front, and then it gets busy at 1am ish- it is a decent club except we got kicked out one night for taking a few extra girls with us and that’s something about the gay world I really find hypocritical. Like, the entire western world is currently going through a social rights campaign to promote acceptance, awareness and rights with the LGBT community and yet as much as the LGBT community want society to accept and embrace them, they don’t want to accept the wider community. I find it hypocritical – like feminists who fight for gender equality but are man haters. Anyway, rant over. Jackie O’s is okay, but right next door Babylon is better.
Babylon has even more cool seating and lounge areas for chilled drinks and again transforms into a nightclub with (in my opinion) better music than Jackie O’s, a more accepting vibe and has a drag show. Admittedly that drag show isn’t the best, but it is entertainment all the same. But if you want a drag show Elysium is definitely the place to be.
Every single night, between 9-11pm, Elysium puts on probably the best drag show I have seen. Every night is different and it is a full 2 hour show with a 20 min half time break. There are many different acts – singing, comedic, dancing, male belly dancers, bit of ballet…it’s very impressive. It reminded me why I thought the moulin Rouge was similar to good drag show – because it is similar. Tacky in all the best ways. Elysium is the ultimate sunset bar, before hitting the clubs. Not just because of the show, but because of the actual sunset view and it all closes after the show as it’s also a hotel (their slogan is ‘the str8 friendly hotel’ which I think is brilliant because I’ve never understood why hotels need to vocalise if they are gay friendly or not…). Only drawback is that drinks are 12 euros a pop going upwards (which is quite a wack more than anywhere else) but the way I see it is you pay a bit more extra for a drink, and get a free show.
In terms of beaches – again I’m not sure why this even needs to be a thing – there are many gay beaches around, or gay areas on beaches. There’s also a lot of nudist beaches so it’s really just a bit of everything but I don’t understand the point of a gay beach so I won’t harp on about it.
Mykonos is a gay mans dream – whether your in a long term relationship or with a group of friends or whatever it is a very accepting town (honestly, there’s more gay men then straight men I reckon) with a fair bit of variety.