In the Algarve, around-the-clock fun is the norm, especially during the summer months when the beach bars fill with locals and tourists. Many venues serve as snack bars by day, providing cool drinks and shaded retreats from the hot sun, but become more lively as the sun sets, preparing party-hoppers for the night ahead. Here is a quick roundup of the hottest beach bars worth checking out in Portugal’s liveliest region.
Izzy’s Beach Restaurant is one of the most popular spots in Almancil, great for anyone looking to combine a laid-back atmosphere with good food. Serving both lunch and dinner, and offering terrace seating, it’s a good place to enjoy a meal with a view, perfect when retreating from the sun during the hottest parts of the day. Izzy’s has a great vibe at night with live music. While there, why not try one of their special cocktails of the week?
Bar, Restaurant, Continental, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, $$$
Bouncing between Izzy’s and Julia’s Restaurant will always have you covered whether looking for a place to eat or to hang out and relax. Julia’s is well-known in the Algarve and attracts a crowd, so be sure to book a table in advance. One of the best things about visiting Julia’s is the backdrop; this spot provides breathtaking views over the Praia do Garrão Nascente, one of the area’s more popular beaches.
Fancy a side of stunning cliffs and alcoves with your meal or drink? Not only is Caniço a fantastic restaurant with unparalleled ambiance but it is also a great place for a party, especially a wedding. Located in the Prainha in Alvor, their menu relies heavily on seafood and fish, as you’d expect with its seaside location, and at night the beach bar turns into a dance club with the sand as its dance floor.
On the Vilamoura Beach, across from the Tivoli Marina 5-star hotel, you’ll find the club called Purobeach Vilamoura, where guests can rent sun-loungers and order drinks, right on the beach while listening to music. Sure, this isn’t your typical beach bar, but it offers an exclusive experience that many visitors will love.
The blue and white Sandbanks Restaurant matches its environment perfectly, the decor with a nautical theme and its menu with seafood specialties. Seating on the terrace also allows guests to take in the Vale do Lobo Beach. Try one of the more traditional Algarve recipes at this location, like Seafood Cataplana.
Who doesn’t love a beach bar (or any type of bar, for that matter) that specializes in pizza? Endless Summer Beach Bar & Pizza, located on Luz Beach, is a family friendly venue with a terrace that serves a range of comfort food from their many pizzas to lasagne, burgers, toasties, and a mix of Portuguese and Mediterranean appetizers.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Portuguese, Seafood, Mediterranean, $$$
Bahia Beach Bar in Lagos has been serving meals and offering live entertainment for the last 20 years, shifting from a cozy beachside shack to the elegant beach bar that it is today. The cuisine offers a mix of Portuguese and international flavors and the cocktails flow all evening, while live entertainment keeps the ambiance as fresh as the sea-salty air flowing straight off the ocean.
NoSoloÁgua can actually be found in three popular locations: Vilamoura, Albufeira, and the Marina de Portimão. Visit during the day for coffee and snacks, at lunch or dinner for a light and fresh meal, or stop by at night when the music starts pumping and the drinks are flowing.