Well, Funchal has a great nightlife; you can take a walk by the Marina (harbour) and take a drink in a bar or simply wander around.
When I was in Madeira I couldn’t miss the traditional restaurant O Parreira, which offered us a great dinner and a musical band after the meal.
We could dance and enjoyed their music, which was pretty good.
Beside that band we could enjoy a traditional folklore group.
I already know that Capoeira was related to a brazilian dance/martial art but in Portuguese it's mean also henhouse! So I understand why a rooster (Galo in Portuguese and national icon) is standing proudly on the toproof of the pub.
The terracce give you a stunning overview on the endless Atlantic Ocean, the Desertas Islands, the South Coast, unlimited sunshine and finally an exceptionnal sunset. Cocktails, Coral cerveja, light and tasty meals are provided by the efficient and smiling staff.
Fado live music, 80's music, Capirinia nights or local underwater photos session will also entertain your evenings. Inside yoou will find two big flat screen to watch all kind of sports in comfortable sofas.
So just see, hear, taste and relax till late!
thou' Funchal can offer all and every kind of night spots, a stroll along the path, side by side with the ocean, the marina and the port were beautifull cruise liners dock and brings a lot of tourists, is a good suggestion for a nice evening and night.
To enjoy a typical dinner of "Espetada" this place will satisfy all. Grilled beef is served on about 4 foot long speers which are then suspended on hooks above the table for the diner to serve themself. One sits on long rows of tables while being entertained with folklore dances and Fado singers. After the meal, the performers will get off the stage and invite people to join them by forming a long Polonaise in between the tables. Great fun!
Again, this was part of an organized tour in a mini bus (usually 6-8 people). After the dinner, before returning to your Hotel there will be a stop at a viewpoint to admire an intersting view over the city of Funchal by night.
Price per person for all (Dinner and wine included) EU 30.00 We chose "Top Atlantico" for our tours.
Dress Code: No dress code.
We had a little rest in our room and got ready for the fado night. Fados are typical Portuguese songs from the mainland Portugal, and I missed listening to them three years ago when I was in Portugal, so I wanted to hear them now. When we went to the tourist office we asked about the places where we could listen to fados and got names of two restaurants and decided to go to Arsenio?s where they started the performances already at 20.00. It was a nice place in the old part of the city and we found it easily. We had salad for a starter (huge portion) and sword fish as the main course with half bottle of house white wine (I had one glass, Ulla almost two and rest we left behind) and a cup of strong coffee as dessert. Sword fish was delicious! One of the best meals I?ve ever had abroad. We both enjoyed it very much. It was quite expensive, too, but we thought we could spoil ourselves once with a good meal. Fados were played by two oldish guitar players and sung by two ladies and one man (who also served in the restaurant, maybe the owner) who was so full of himself. We really loved the songs very much. One of the ladies was bit older and somewhat withdrawn with her performance while the other, who was younger and big, was full of life and it was easy to see that she really enjoyed singing. At the table next to us sat two Finnish couples and one of the ladies was a well-known Finnish TV personality and she was so drunk and behaved as if she was a queen and known by everybody there. Disgusting! We had to run to catch the last bus to our hotel. It seemed to be a custom to us to run after buses there!
"Madeira also has a Casino to offer for all those who want to try their luck with gambling! Opening times for the slot machines are from Sunday to Thursday from 15.00 to 03.00 h – Fridays & Saturdays from 16.00 to 04.00 h. The Games Rooms (with 7 French Roulette and 4 Black Jack tables) are open from Sunday to Thursday from 20.00 to 03.00 h – Fridays & Saturdays from 20.00 to 04.00 h. Entrance fee € 4,00; identification document needed (sports clothes not permitted).On the basement of the Casino you will find the ‘Copacabana’, a discotheque with a big dance floor in the middle and a spacious stage, where very often also fashion and aerobic shows take place and bands perform live until 01.00 h before the ‘disco night’ starts (open Wednesdays to Saturdays and on nights before public holidays from 23.00 to 04.00 h)."
Text from www.madeira-web.com
If you are staying in Funchal, then the place to be in the evening is the small place 5 km away from the city called Camara de Lobos. you just need to ask the taxi driver to take you to the old harbor of the place and there you can choose your place. planty of bars and places to drink.
Dress Code: They expect in Madeira that you are nicely dress (long pants for the men)when you go out to eat or drink.
If you like fado, you 'll find a little bar, behind the monte teleferic, it's nice and authentic, the music are perfomed, by many artists, men, women and even a little boy with a mervellous voice.
Dress Code: as you like
early in the morning the VESPAS is the "QUEEN OF THE NIGHT" !! best music
of town. very young and good guests...
best days are wednesday (ladiesnight),
friday and saturday (not before 3.00 pm!)
Dress Code: doormen,but no special clothes
The best place in Funcial, to listen to the lokal fado song.
Funchal has a good quality night, good clubs and bars! All over the city centre and all with a fantastic scenary!
Dress Code: No sneakers
Câmara de Lobos is also home of the 'poncha', a mixture of lemon juice, honey and sugarcane spirit, available at the many local taverns.
Dress Code: City center of Câmara de Lobos
Very cool club to dance the night away.. Very crowdy, from 3 am til 7 am! Nice girls all around the place...
Dress Code: whatever..