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There is a good choice of restaurants in the resort. Our favourites include Rouvelas, Oceano, Panorama, Malibu, Makis, The Balcony, Mirsinie's and Il Mare (an Italian meal can make a nice change in the middle of a holiday) - some of these have live Greek music, particularly at the weekends. Boards outside will normally indicate whether the entertainment is live music or "Greek" nights.

Whichever style of restaurant you choose (and everybody will have different favourites), it is rare to have a bad meal, although be aware that service is not always as fast as we may normally see in the main cities around Europe. Portions can be quite large, and we normally find that 2 - 3 starters between four of us leaves enough room to enjoy the main courses - most of the restaurants also offer a (sometimes, limited) range of children's meals. Some of the Greek dishes have quite rich sauces, so again it's worth taking it easy with the (often lovely) starters - it can also be worth asking in advance for a break between courses.

It is also worth noting that the restaurants are normally quite flexible in terms of main courses - if you find a starter that you particularly like for example, they will often just increase its size, add rice and/or chips and turn it in to a main course for you. Don't be afraid to ask!

It should also be noted that some Greek dishes are not, traditionally, served hot, although most of the restaurants in the resort ignore this and serve the meals hot as they are aware tourists do not normally want warm meals. The house wine in most restaurants is (normally!) quite drinkable, and is usually available in half and one litre carafes - most restaurants also offer a small selection of bottled wine. Red wine is often served straight from the chiller cabinet - if you don't like it this way it is worth asking for "room temperature" or "hot" wine as they often have supplies not kept chilled (I did suggest to one bar owner that he should use the term "room temperature" rather than "hot" and his comment was "but the room is hot"!!).

An increasing number of the restaurants take credit cards, but you should check beforehand if proposing to pay by this means as there are still some that do not (cash is still "king" in Corfu). Obviously, there are plenty of bars - these include Barbayiannis, Cosy, Limani, Amazona, Europa, Stamatis, Mad Mikes, Easy-Busy, Kazzoo's, Sunset, Almyra and KafeSas2 - boards outside the bars give details of any "entertainment" on offer (e.g. Karaoke and tribute acts). Most bars also have Wi-Fi (normally free) and satellite TV, and will often show big sports occasions from the UK (e.g. Wimbledon and Premiership Rugby / Football) - again, boards outside will show details of upcoming events.

"Nightclubs" can also be found at the northern end of the resort - they tend to only be open at weekends, although this may change at the height of summer (viz. late July / August). It was noticeable that in 2017 two of the clubs got closed by the police for 20 days following various offences, and, indeed, these did not open during 2018.

In common with most of the island, the music has to be turned down at midnight, although the owners play a regular "cat and mouse" game with the patrolling police - each year a couple of places get closed by the police for a few weeks because of complaints about the late noise.


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