The Best Bars and Nightclubs in Lagos, Portugal

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17 August 2021

From raucous nightclubs to bohemian cocktail bars, Lagos is home to a variety of watering holes to suit all tastes. Here are Culture Trip’s top recommendations in this Algarve resort town.

Situated on Portugal’s southwestern tip, an hour’s drive from Faro, laid-back Lagos is home to one of the Algarve’s largest and most unspoilt beaches. After a day on the sands, or exploring the craggy ochre cliffs of the Ponta da Piedade, head to this resort town’s best nightspots, from nocturnal jazz joints to chilled chiringuitos. You’ll also learn where to head for drinking games that will challenge even the most hardcore partygoers.

The Garden

Bar, Beer, $$$
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Barbecue aromas will draw you into this casual, open-air bar in the town centre. Its busy terrace is filled with trees and plants, mismatched furniture and hanging lanterns, providing the perfect setting for afternoon beers or evening cocktails (try the fizzy sangria). The star dish is a generously sized rack of barbecued ribs, which comes coated with a smoky sauce and accompanied by coleslaw and crispy new potatoes. If you can’t finish it, assistance is provided by the friendly resident felines.

Eddies

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
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It’s pretty much always happy hour at Lagos’ premier British pub: there’s 50 percent off beers during the day (12-7pm) and two-for-one cocktails throughout the evening (from 7pm to 12am). Enjoy these discounted refreshments in a barstool-only interior with a darts board, TV sport and a playlist dominated by 90s and early 2000s rock and pop. Alternatively, opt for a table on one of the town’s most boozy streets. Ask at the bar if you fancy hearing your favourite tune, as the owner takes playlist requests.

Stevie Ray's

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Stevie Ray’s is a late-night live music joint, situated just back from the marina. Head over at about 11pm for an inexpensive beer or cocktail (they do a mean frozen strawberry daiquiri) and see what’s playing. You’re most likely to find jazz or blues, but it could also be an acoustic set, pop, rock or a covers group. There’s no entry fee, but a small minimum spend is required to enjoy the live acts, which usually perform until the early hours.

ZanziBar

Bar, Beer
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Sociable ZanziBar is a great option for solo travellers in Lagos, situated on one of the town’s most bar-heavy streets. It serves draft and bottled beer, wines and cocktails at studenty prices, in a darkly-lit space that practically guarantees encounters with other nomads. Rock and indie music plays loudly enough to add to the atmosphere, but not at a level that renders conversation with new friends impossible. The owner is also happy to invent cocktails to order.

InsideOut

Bar, Nightclub, Cocktails
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This is an establishment for those who like their clubs non-stop, loud and hyper. InsideOut’s affordable fishbowl cocktails, nightly live house or garage DJs and a happy “hour” that runs until 12am pull in young party-goers, who dance anywhere there’s space – including on tables – until 4am. If you prefer a calmer, quieter vibe, go soon after it opens at 9pm, when you’ll be able to enjoy a couple of beers and games of pool before things get crazy.

The Star

Craft Ale Bar, Beer
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Offering several craft brews, expat favourite The Star is also sought out by travellers tired of Super Bock and Sagres, Portugal’s two main beers. In an interior decorated by The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix posters, British owners Rick and Rosie also serve a killer chicken curry, run weekly karaoke and quiz nights (Sundays and Mondays, respectively). Expect classic tunes from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Don’t leave without buying your very own Star T-shirt, available in black, blue or pink.

Bahia Beach Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Portuguese, Seafood, Mediterranean, $$$
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Head to this laid back chiringuito for fresh fish and drinks after a day on Praia Meia, Lagos’s main stretch of sand. Set behind the dunes towards the marina end of the beach, it has a covered, decked seating area as well as tables on the sand, providing an ideal spot to tuck into seared tuna steak or octopus carpaccio with a glass of white wine. There’s live music on Sunday evenings.

Three Monkeys

Bar, Beer
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This budget-friendly backpackers’ hangout offers you the chance to represent your country at a highly competitive sport – downing beer bongs. Add a few to the international leaderboard by getting under the tube and letting your mates pour, before rewarding yourself with a shot, an espresso martini or a glass of draft sangria. This is primarily a boisterous, late-night joint, but perks such as a darts board, live sports and a pool table make it a popular early evening venue, too.

The Tavern

Bar, Beer
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This Halloween-and-pirates themed bar offers Lagos’ three toughest drinking challenges. Test your tolerance by downing six shots and a Jagerbomb (known as Walk the Plank) or push your knowledge and skills by participating in Tavathlon Thursday, a pub quiz followed by pool and ping pong tournaments. If that isn’t enough, there’s also the Viking Inferno, in which a whistle is blown in your face as you guzzle a bright-red concoction and are repeatedly hit on the head (helmets provided).

Shaker Bar

Bar, Cocktails
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Simple, cheerful Shaker Bar is another one of the few places in the Old Town that stays open into the early hours (usually 4am), even during the off-season. Try their legendary caipirinha, made with fresh limes. Live music is staged several times a week and there are also a couple of people-watching tables outside, on one of Lagos’s main thoroughfares.

Explore the rest of the Algarve using Lagos as a starting point. Book the best hotels in the Algarve and the best luxury hotels in the Algarve now through Culture Trip. Enjoy the coast in new ways by learning at the best surf schools in the Algarve.

This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Nina Santos.

These recommendations were updated on August 17, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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