5 hottest bars in Funchal
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Cocktail Bar at Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel
For colonial elegance
Wind down in style in the calm ambience of the sophisticated cocktail bar at the Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel. Watch bartenders mix up a mouth-watering Mojito or tempt you to the local Madeira wine. Whether for pre- or post-dinner drinks, the spectacular sea views from the terrace are a stunning sight, and there’s often a pianist playing in the background. Some nights, this classy venue plays host to other musicians or singers – whatever the entertainment, you’re guaranteed a relaxing night to remember.
Reid's Palace Hotel, 139 Estrada Monumental, 9000 098 Funchal
Tel: 351 291 717 171 www.reidspalace.com/web/omad/restaurants_in_funchal.jsp
Café do Teatro
A stylish scene
With its minimalist décor and glamorous feel in one of the city’s most prestigious areas, Café do Teatro is a must when sampling Funchal’s nightlife. Recent unique themed nights range from acrobatic performances with Chanel giveaways to Eighties Night, creating the ‘see and be seen’ vibe that abounds here. As well as serving a whole host of alcoholic drinks, it is also a café in the traditional sense, offering snacks and coffees to tourists and locals who love to watch the world go by.
Avenida Arriaga, Ed Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias (next to Municipal Theatre), 9000 070 Funchal
Tel: 315 291 226 371/914 758 975
Tel: 351 291 230 676
For beer and sport in the sun
Set your sights on this trendy bar located in the city centre for cheap beer and plenty of space to sit in the sunshine on the upstairs terrace. Once a fishermen’s diner, Number Two is now a popular bar amongst locals and tourists, serving Funchal’s best poncha (the local drink - a mix of aguardente, freshly squeezed lemon and honey). Screens showing live sports mean you won’t miss any of the major sporting action, while karaoke and live music are also frequently on the agenda.
154 Rua Imperatriz Dona Amelia, 9000 021 Funchal
Tel: 351 291 614 799
For Irish hospitality
The only original Irish pub in Funchal, Moynihan's has been indisputably popular since it opened its doors in 1996. It boasts a great location in the city centre, while its traditional décor creates a welcoming ambience for enjoying a range of beers, catching up on the latest sports and listening to live music from various regular acts. Traditional pub food, themed events (think St Paddy’s Day) and fun curry and quiz nights make this a great stop-off for a relaxed night of fun for all the family.
101 Rua Imperatriz Dona Amélia, 9000-018 Funchal
Tel: 351 291 204 650 www.penhafrancahotels.com
A chic place to simply chat or sip a local Coral beer, Joe’s Bar is part of the Quinta da Penha da Franca hotel. Head here for some of Funchal’s coolest cocktails – if it’s not too busy, the bar staff will decorate your glass with a sculpted sailing boat. Enjoy the sociable, welcoming atmosphere and play a game of darts, or make your way to the upstairs terrace for a bite to eat.
87 Rua da Imperatriz Dona Amélia, 9000 014 Funchal