Barreirinha Bar Café

Our favourite place for a drink on a Friday night, this outdoor café and bar always has music at the weekend, including folk, rock and DJs. It’s set just above the lido by the Socorro Church, so you get stunning views of the sea from every seat on the terrace. Pair gin-based cocktails with small bites – Barreirinha Bar Café is open throughout the day, and until 2am come weekend.

Maktub Paúl Do Mar

The name of this place means “it had to happen” or “destiny”. It’s a beach shack in a comatose town that, on a busy night, can fill the promenade with surfers and cocktail sippers. The musical sunsets viewed from here are the stuff of local legend, while its exotic drinks are served until sunrise. There’s a laid-back restaurant onsite that serves locally sourced fish, seafood and a huge T-bone steak.

  • +351 915 860 898
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  • Av dos Pescadores Paulenses n 160/162
    9370-545 Calheta

Venda Velha

Madeira’s official cocktail is the poncha, and the best time to try it is at the weekend, some time around midnight, at this former grocer’s shop where you can sip different variations by the packed bar. The traditional recipe is made with a sugarcane spirit, lemon juice and sugar, but the passion fruit and tangerine versions are also great.

  • +315 914 758 975
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  • Rua de Santa Maria 170
    9060-291 Funchal

Galáxia Skybar at the Savoy Palace Hotel

Take the street elevator with panoramic windows to one of the tallest buildings on the island or through the jaw-droppingly ostentatious lobby of the Savoy Palace Hotel for one of the best views in town. The rooftop bar is stunning with glass panels surrounding the terrace so you can see the bay of Funchal in all its glory and the neighboring buildings. Classic cocktails and good wines together with some lounge music make this the perfect spot for a drink.

  • +351 291 213 000
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  • Avenida do Infante Nr. 25
    9004-542 Funchal

Design Center Nini Andrade Silva

The award-winning designer Nini Andrade Silva has created her vision of the world in this seaside tower. Take the elevator up from the harbour to this ancient fortress and enjoy a refreshing view and drink at the DC Cafeteria Lounge. From here you get a fantastic view of the natural amphitheatre that surrounds Funchal, which is even more magical at night.

  • +351 291 648 780
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  • Estrada da Pontinha
    Forte de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
    9000-726 Funchal

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