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Mykonos comes into its own at night. From the host of prime positions from which to watch a deep orange and purple sunset, to the number of sophisticated cocktail bars, and the choice of dance clubs to head to in the small hours, it’s as if the island was made for partying. Every night is a good night to go out (it doesn’t calm down just because it’s, say, Tuesday) and there’s no such thing as a quiet pub, so if you can’t beat them, join them.
As one of several bars lining the waterfront in Mykonos’s most attractive quarter, Little Venice, BAO’s advantage is an unobstructed view right across the sea. With the famous windmills to your left, and the outlines of the houses built out into the water on stilts, it’s a prime spot for a sundowner. The inventive cocktail list covers most of the classics, but you should also try one of their signatures, such as The Mandarin, with fresh mandarin juice, gin and lime. The interiors are chic, with whitewashed walls and ceilings contrasting with bright blue wooden beams, low-hanging rattan lampshades and curved banquettes lining the windows. But you want to be on a table outside; they’re popular, so head here early. Music is of the generic Euro-dance variety, though people do get up and dance as the evening progresses (and it gets louder).