Elegance on the hill
In 2006/7 Rachel
(pictured right) and Sergio opened the Lounge at
Rascals and built a reputation for sophistication, a friendly welcome
and decorative cocktails. In 2008 they moved to this new bar adjacent to
Casa Algarvia near the top of Restaurant hill on the left going up.
background music is subdued and the decor combines modern crisp
lines with warm colours and an abundance of tasteful features.
A long time regular haunt
||Come in and join Monika and Kurt, who serve an amazing list
of cocktails, as well as glasses of champagne and a selection of Cuban
Cigars. Also try Kurt's special Rösti for a change of culinary experience.
Cheers is a small but friendly bar, and can be found
opposite the pottery market on the right hand side of the road coming IN to Carvoeiro from Lagoa.
The Cocktail Garden
Evening fun in Monte Carvoeiro
||For a fun experience, try the
Cocktail Garden in Monte Carvoeiro Square where
you'll be entertained
with puzzles that blow your mind, and every now and then a show of juggling
and cocktail mixing (or maybe missing) skills !
Luis calls it freestyle bartending. We call it fun.
Glorious setting with friendly service
In 2011, Barry and Kate refurbished and re-opened Rascals bar half way up the hill on the West side
of the town square. Whether its just bar snacks, a full Sunday lunch or just a quiet evening of cocktails
you're certain of a very warm welcome and friendly atmosphere.
A Boa Vida
A place to sit and chat
This bar is run by Roel
who is a golf pro during the day and looks after the bar in the evening.
Life cannot be better than that, and if there is anything golf you want
to talk about, Roel is your man.
Live music - see outside board for details
UPDATE 2014: Roel has sold out. We have not yet tried the new owners.
||Our camera was not always present (fortunately!)
||Cosy, colourful, Cuban themed bar run by Craig and
Jennie. This is a great place to enjoy post
dinner cocktails in a very different but friendly atmosphere.
small bar can be found on Restaurant hill, about half way up on the right
hand side after leaving the square.
||Right opposite Bar Havana is a more
traditional dark wood panelled bar, favoured by the Dutch
and English communities, with comfortable seating galore,
and always someone to chat to.
||Another tiny bar that spills out onto the pavement to
watch the world go by when the weather is glorious (which, of course is
most of the time).
This is also a favourite place to watch big sporting events while sipping on a long cold beer.
||You cannot miss the bright red chairs outside this bar
opposite the main town square and capturing the sun most of the day. A
great place to sit, people-watch and just laze away doing as little as
||Very cosy bar right in the middle of town, off the main
square next to the ice cream parlour. It seems to be set into the cliff and is always bubbling with
many locals, residents and visitors all day and night.
||On the parade of shops on the OUT road,
we've not been there yet, but it comes recommended for the cocktails and
displays of juggling and stacking tumblers.
||For a more boisterous evening
|Bars with live music are not really our chosen cup-of-tea, so the
listings below are predominantly based on word of mouth and/or accidents!
||Up a small side street next to the Post Office (Correiro),
on the right hand side of the road as you come into Carvoeiro, you'll find the
Jailhouse, which only gets going after 10.30pm and you can hear Big Dave
with his electric guitar, his awful jokes and dance to tunes that you
need to have been born before the Queen's coronation to recognise.
CURRENTLY CLOSED - SEARCHING FOR NEW OWNER
Round Up Saloon
||No review of Carvoeiro bars is complete without a mention of the Round Up.
Whether its live music or the regular karaoke evenings you can expect a full on party atmosphere.
Its definitely the place to let your hair down, and order is kept by the enormous but incredibly friendly old softy owner, Big Will
||For very late night Jazz, this tiny hot bar
at the entrance to Monte Carvoeiro (pictured top right) is the best, maybe only
place for real jazz in the local area. Music is on
Fridays and Mondays from around midnight onwards.
||Bill Brady, an Irishman, has
set the town on fire with this lively and welcoming
Irish bar a little over half way up restaurant hill on
the left. Live music most nights throughout the summer,
and a bunch of really friendly bar staff to keep the
drinks flowing to your table all night long.
The Black Stove
||Suitable for the younger set who like the volume a bit louder and the music less melodic.
Drink OR Drive
Portugal has a low tolerance for drunken drivers and the police WILL
stop and prosecute.
All bars featured on this page are within stumbling distance of Ponto de Vista
Like most countries around the world, Portugal introduced a smoking
ban in all public places at the beginning of 2008.
However, special provision was made for establishments to install
appropriate air flow systems and thus be specially licensed to allow
Many bars chose not to allow smoking, but a number of them have taken
the necessary action to permit smokers to sit indoors at the bar and
enjoy a smoke with their drink.
Where this is allowed, we have made a special note.
All other bars are NON SMOKING.
Entrance to Monte Carvoeiro square where you will find Cocktail Garden, Manoels
jazz bar and various restaurants.
What to drink
Nearly all these bars have their own cocktail menu with a veritable
plenitude of alcoholic (and some non-alcoholic) concoctions.
They are all mixed on the spot with love and care, and dressed with
all the pretty umbrellas, colourful cocktail stirrers and fruit
adornments that you would expect.
If you're looking for something approximating to the national drink,
Caipirinha, which is really the national drink of Brazil.
The Algarve's claim to fame is called
Medronho. Its a liqueur made from
the Medronho berry, which is akin to a Strawberry.
there are dozens of small distilleries in the nearby Monchique mountains
producing this firewater.
We would rather put it in the tank of our Ferrari which would then get
us to Faro airport in 10 minutes flat.
Well that story may possibly be
an exaggeration, but if you drank 2 shots, we guarantee that you'd
If beer is your tipple (its mine!),
you can get various (local) bottled beers. Super Bock, Crystal and
Sagres are the three biggest.
Draft beer is served in two sizes,
"small" and "large". The small, which is about 33cl is called an
Imperial, whereas the large draft often mistakenly referred to as a
"pint", as thats a close approximation to its size, is locally known as
a Caneca. If these words escape you, simply ask for a "small" or a
"large" - you don't even need to add the word "beer". Its understood.
And finally, don't forget that Portugal makes some excellent wines, and
of course its world famous Port.