A large student population and a steady stream of visitors mean that Faro has a vibrant and well-rounded nightlife, with a good range of bars and clubs to suit just about every taste.
The Portuguese typically dine relatively late in the evening, and this means that the drinking and nightlife starts rather late and tends to end late as well.
Many bars and drinking establishments don’t really have an official closing time.
The best of the city’s nightlife is found in the Old Town and the marina. Especially well known is Rua do Prior, which has several venues.
Thursday is popular as student night when things get more raucous, although the weekend can also be busy.
If you are looking for something a little more sophisticated, there are plenty of quieter bars serving excellent Portuguese wines that are a must to try.
If you are interested in watching a specific sporting event you will probably find one of the bars in the town centre broadcasting it.
If in doubt, just ask the locals where you might find somewhere and they will be more than happy to help.
Popular Bars and Clubs
Some of Faro’s most popular bars and clubs include:
Bar CheSsenta – sitting on the aforementioned Rua do Prior, this is a petite bar squeezed across two floors. Popular with a younger crowd, the venue is themed around Che Guevara with posters and photos of the revolutionary on display. There is a tiny stage for live music performances and the bar also runs regular karaoke nights.
Columbus – a wine and cocktail bar with a terrace area, Columbus has a friendly vibe and the service is very good. It will suit those looking for a more relaxed night out.
Upa Upa Bar – another bar that attracts a mixed crowd, here you will find a large patio area where you can sit and drink with the locals.
Dux – probably the most well-known nightclub in Faro, this is the place for an all-out party atmosphere. It is popular with students as well as tourists.