An island paradise fueled by liquor, sunshine, and hilariously bad decisions
An island surrounded by glistening blue water and filled with bars open through the night tends to earn a reputation as a youngsters party spot. Ios boasts deliciously cheap street food (gyros are the Greek classic) and even cheaper drinks ($10 will get you far here).
But it's Slammer Bar, the token disco bar, whose drink deal has youths questionably racing through the doors. For five euro you get an unknown shot followed by a hit over the head with an unknown object. It could be a chair, a skateboard, a hammer, a fire extinguisher, or maybe just a good swift kick -- those geniuses will surprise you every time. You're given a helmet for protection, all while your friends film you, knowing they're next.
Next, take an island booze cruise. The ultimate combo of sea, sunshine, liquor, and potentially high cliff jumps will leave you wanting to do it all over again tomorrow. Which indeed you can, because this sort of carpe diem shenanigans is the whole show in Ios. -- Shylie Rimmer, Thrillist contributor