Faro's nightlife is rich and diverse, with this picturesque Portuguese university city proving a popular spot for bars, eateries, and evening entertainment of all kinds. Thousands of students call Faro home, so it's only natural that the city livens up when the sun goes down, brought to life with the sounds of music and merriment.

    There are dozens of terrific nightlife hot spots to choose from all around Faro, including classy rooftop bars, energetic nightclubs, and vibrant restaurants too. Read on to learn about some of these best nightspots and where to go in Faro at night.

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    RoofTop Eva

    One of the best rooftop bars in Faro

    RoofTop Eva is one of the top rooftop bars in Faro. Situated on the top floor of the Eva Senses Hotel, right in the center of the city, it's easy to access and a joy to visit, boasting some of the best views in the city and a similarly stunning menu of cocktails, wines, spirits, and more.

    Live music in a variety of genres and DJ performances often feature at the RoofTop Eva too in the summer evenings, with sunset parties and other fun events organized here throughout the year. If you're heading to Faro on a summer vacation, you can usually find something going on at the RoofTop Eva, or simply enjoy the views and drinks at any time of year.

    Location: Av. da República 1, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +351 289 540 154

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    Havana Club

    Caribbean fun beneath the Portuguese sun

    Havana Club, as the name implies, takes its inspiration from Cuba, offering up a distinctly Caribbean vibe with cozy interiors and fruity cocktails filling the menu. The cocktails here are fittingly Caribbean in style, with the likes of piña colada and fruity rum punch on the menu.

    Musical events are often held at Havana Club too in the evenings at weekends, with lively salsa-style dancing and an energetic ambience for all to enjoy. On other evenings, this bar is relatively relaxed and intimate, a great place to spend time with a special someone on a romantic occasion. There's also a small outdoor seating area and easy access to the beach too.

    Location: Av. Nascente 20, Faro, Portugal

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from midday to 2am (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +351 289 819 223

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    O Castelo

    A bar, club, and restaurant... all in one

    Castelo is one of the best bars in Faro for watching the sunset. It's also the perfect nightlife destination for those who can't quite decide between a bar, restaurant, club, or live entertainment location. It's basically all of those things under the same roof, serving top quality food and drinks, as well as offering lively music and dance evenings and performances too.

    Situated atop the historic Faro city walls, O Castelo invites guests into the heart and soul of the city and reinforces this concept with its traditional menu and moving musical performances, featuring the emotional local singing style of Fado on Monday evenings. Live music, parties, and DJ appearances are held on Friday and Saturday evenings.

    Location: R. do Castelo 11, 8000-149 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Daily from 10.30am to 4am

    Phone: +351 913 921 812

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    Epicur

    A haven for wine lovers

    Epicur is a wine lover's paradise, right in the heart of historic Faro. It's one of the city's premier wine bars, with more than 250 Portuguese wines in stock at any one time. It also provides comfortable interiors and a romantic setting for couples or groups of friends to savor.

    By offering wines from the Algarve and many other regions of Portugal, Epicur offers guests a unique chance to sample the delights of some of the nation's finest vineyards. Cheeses, fish, oysters, and meats are served alongside each glass, with 'meet-the-winemakers' events held here throughout the year as well.

    Location: R. Alexandre Herculano 22A, 8000-204 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 5pm to 1am (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +351 914 614 612

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    Game Over

    Ready, player one

    Game Over is a thrilling lounge bar for a new generation, complete with a range of video game consoles and even a pair of escape rooms. The whole place, right down to the Game Boy-shaped coasters, is video game themed, with the likes of Super Nintendo and other retro consoles all over the place for patrons to play on with their buddies or total strangers.

    It's a fun concept, hugely popular with Faro's student population and equally appealing to older people who grew up with some of these classic games. It's a good choice for anyone with a desire to revisit the titles of their youth, while also enjoying some tasty cocktails and mocktails too.

    Location: R. do Montepio 28, 8000-300 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 6pm to 2am (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +351 289 147 795

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    Ancora

    A charming bar with a friendly atmosphere

    Ancora is a popular spot with the locals, offering good quality drinks in a relaxed and cozy setting. As the name suggests, Ancora has a nautical theme, lovingly decorated with sea-related items and decorative paraphernalia. Ropes and lanterns hang from the ceiling, with wooden ships stuck to the walls.

    The staff here are renowned for being friendly and helpful. They'll welcome you with a smile and offer recommendations to help you choose among the menu's many spirits, cocktails, and wines. Simple pub fare like chicken wings and jacket potatos complete the Ancora experience.

    Location: R. 1 de Maio 11, 8000-437 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Daily from 4pm to 4am

    Phone: +351 917 243 234

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    Guess?

    The top live music spot in Faro

    Guess? is a cocktail and music bar in the center of Faro, quite close to many of the city's most iconic landmarks, so it's very convenient for visitors. It's regarded by locals as the top spot for live entertainment in Faro, with many traveling artists across all musical genres stopping off here to entertain the audience of the evening with covers and original creations.

    Part of what makes Guess? such a great place is its variety; you can find all kinds of performers here, from hard rock bands to Fado singers, live DJs, and more. Most of the events are free to enter too, while small fees can apply in certain cases.

    Location: R. Conselheiro Bivar 78, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 10pm to 4am (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +351 963 504 815

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    Bar ChesSenta

    A cozy corner for music and drinks

    Bar CheSsenta is an intriguing little bar with a boho-style and Che Guevara theme. It's super small and intimate, ideal for those who enjoy sharing a drink in cozy little nooks or even catching a one-of-a-kind live musical performance with just a handful of other audience members.

    The bands and artists who perform here have to squeeze onto a tiny balcony stage and the small space helps to lend Bar CheSsenta a familial feel where everyone is made to feel right at home. On the menu, you'll find a great range of drinks from wines and beers to fruity cocktails.

    Location: R. do Prior 24, 8000-343 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Daily from 4pm to 4am

    Phone: +351 931 194 314

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    Prestige Dance Club

    A gay-friendly spot for dancing and music

    Prestige Dance Club is a nicely situated dance club right in the heart of Faro. Boasting a state of the art sound system and lively laser light effects, it's a vibrant and colorful spot for those who want to dance the night away with good company and great beats.

    The staff here are always welcoming and the atmosphere is very open and gay-friendly too. There are plenty of fun theme nights and dance parties held here on a regular basis, along with Happy Hour and even free beer events, providing plenty of reasons to visit.

    Location: Largo da Madalena 11, 8000-078 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Thursday–Saturday from midday to midnight (Sunday–Wednesday closed)

    Phone: +351 914 597 211

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    Teatro Lethes

    Charming theatrical performances

    The Teatro Lethes is a charming old theatre with a history going back several centuries. The building was originally used as a college and later a military barracks before becoming a theatre in 1845. Nowadays, the local Algarve Theatre Company put on a selection of musical and dramatic performances throughout the year, with very affordable ticket prices.

    The Teatro Lethes has 4 tiers of seating, as well as some luxury VIP boxes. The acoustics are terrific and the standard of the theatrical performances on show here is consistently impressive, with this location offering something totally different to the city's bars and clubs and giving you a unique cultural way to spend an evening.

    Location: R. de Portugal 58, 8000-281 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Daily from 11am to 1am

    Phone: +351 289 878 908

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    Khadija Bilal | Contributing Writer

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