Believe it or not but the quite sleepy town of Tavira does have some nightlife if your willing to find it. Theres two nightclubs "UBI Discotechque" (located just off the third bridge), theres also a lovely bar located here called "bubi bar", i think these are only open late in the summer though. Just up the road from these on the opposite side of the road to the continente shopping centre is the "Meeting Rooms" this is another nightclub - this appears to be open all year, This place is great, its open every night except Sundays. Monday nights they have live bands, think friday night is drag queen night!! and another night they had a strip tease night both men and women and then normal disco afterwards. We also found some bars to drink in, theres the Irish bar "The Black Anchor" this is just off the roman bridge down a side street to your left. They had karoke and a DJ most nights, this was good fun and was open til 1.30 - 2.00am , theres also a new english bar at the second bridge called "The Mad Hatters". They showed all the football matches but there was not much atmosphere inside unless you drank outside on the street and made your own fun, think they opened until 12pm, i was told that they do karoke some nights. Theres a lovely bar called "australia" which is off one of the side streets from the mad hatters, this place does nice coctails and has music or karoke nights,its open till 4am. The roof bar in the porta Nova hotel was lovely, with a quite relaxing atmosphere, breath taking views and the most amazing coctails you ever had!! They also had music or bands playing on various nights. Oh and just to let you know that the other bars mentioned by previous travellers like the "Arco" and "patricks" are now closed.
Dress Code: Casual with flip flops. You will feel very over dressed if you go out in heels in tavira. Besides that you will not be able to walk in heels on the cobble locked streets!!
There aren't loads of bars in Tavira, not that we found anyway as its not that type of place but if you want to chill out and admire the most amazing views of the town you should for a drink at the hotel porta nova bar-its on the rooftop and the hotel is already in an elevated position so you can see right out to the sea. Its fairly pricey as to be expected for a hotel bar but no dearer than back in england. We were staying here but am sure its open to non-residents as we saw people in there who weren't guests. Just be careful as it can be a bit breezy on a night which is usually welcome but maybe take a cardi if you feel the cold
Just by the large bridge that crosses over to the town (don't know how else to describe it) is a bar and a club. The club is Ubi's which is quite large and does all sort of dance music but is only going in late July to August (don't know why it seems to be getting later each year) but I just thought I would tell you of it!!! It makes a refreshing night out for a sleepy town like tavira!!!
Dress Code: Any
If you are thinking about mixing with the English they normally hang out in Patrick's Bar or the Arco Bar. Patrick's Bar has become the drinking hole for the ex-pats. It used to have a variety of nationalities in the bar, but they have all since departed . We have been going to Tavira for several years, but we now avoid Patricks bar because it can be very clicky at times. They also don't know when enough is enough. The young barman behind the bar is a great guy and manages to keep everything afloat. We think without him the bar would have closed months ago. Arco bar was a fun bar up until last year, but it is now very over priced and seems to have lost its way a bit. Make sure you leave Arco before 1.00am, because the drunken ex-pats from Patricks are staggering that way.
During summer, there are some live shows at night. It's free and may occour by the river, specially in the main garden.
You may also try the bars everywhere and the slpanades. Just a note: after midnight it's impossible to ask for a coffee :-)
May have been mistaken but off the island of Tavira it didn't appear that there was much of a nightlife - we watched listen to the local choir strangle some cats but apart from that there were a spattering of bars.
Ask for Tito. A gay/mixed crowd, really friendly, good music. Watch out for the cocktails Tito makes them really strong. The best bar we found in Tavira.