Hydra has an energetic nightlife, with restaurants, bars, and discos going full steam ahead in summer. In theory, bars close at 2am. As always, this year's hot spot may be closed by the next season. Portside, there are plenty of bars. As no one answers the phones at these places, we do not list phones. The Pirate, near the clock tower, is one of the longest living (since the 1970s) and loudest. Veranda (up from the west end of the harbor, near the Hotel Hydra) is a wonderful place to escape the full frenzy of the Hydra harbor scene, sip a glass of wine, and watch the sunset. Hydronetta tends to play more Western than Greek music -- although the music at all these places is so loud that it's hard to be sure. Friends report enjoying drinks at the Amalour, just off the harbor, where they were surrounded by hip, black-clad 30-somethings and listened to jazz, rap, and vintage heavy metal. There are still a few local haunts left around the harbor; you'll be able to recognize them easily. You'll also easily spot the Saronicos; If you don't hear the music, just look for the fishing boat outside the front door.

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