Top 10 Music Venues in the Algarve
Hot summer nights call for cool tunes!
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Hot summer nights call for cool tunes! At any time of the year, not only summer, you can enjoy great live music at venues across the Algarve, running the gamut in styles from classical to rock, from Fado to folk and everything in between.
Music is a very important part of Portuguese culture and each region of Portugal has its own musical style. Traditional Portuguese music such as Fado and Portuguese Folk, have been kept alive by each new generation of young musicians in Portugal. However, in the Algarve, you'll find that 21st Century music has many international influences and there are some great music festivals and events celebrating this diversity such as Festival Med in Loulé. Whatever your taste in music, the chances are you'll find it here in this sunny southern corner of Portugal. Here are some of our favourites to help you find your rhythm.
The Shack is Quinta do Lago's laid back, good vibe and good times bar - perfect for the whole family. Open all day until late, you can enjoy all your favourite tipples as well as great food and live music. There are live musicians performing here during the summer months, on Thursdays, and Sunset Parties every Wednesday during July and August.
The Shack has a relaxed holiday feel about it - it's a great place to be during the summer, but it's also a cool year round venue, with parties to celebrate special dates such as St. Patricks Day and Halloween.
Set right by Quinta do Lago lake the deck at The Shack has fab views of the lake and the Ria Formosa.
There's a warm welcome and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere waiting for you at BJ's Oceanside, where you can enjoy great hand-clapping, foot-stomping, sing-along music on Friday and Sunday afternoons, featuring popular local bands and artists as well as some guest performers from the UK and beyond. Right on the beach, this fabulous restaurant, set between Vale do Lobo and Quarteira, guarantees a lively time for all the family, as well as a tempting menu which includes fresh fish and seafood, plus a good selection of wines and cocktails. With the bands performing in the afternoon you get to enjoy great music in the sunshine. Perfect to dine, drink, listen, dance, relax and enjoy.
The Black Stove
The Irish-owned Black Stove bar in Alvor has brought a bit of Ireland to west Algarve, with its classic Irish pub decor, a great pint, scrumptious pub grub served all day, and live music every single night.
Resident musicians and a range of other artists keep the beat going with lively performances of Irish, pop and rock classics. As is the tradition of any Irish bar worth the name, The Black Stove welcomes all ages and nationalities and craic is had by all!
Pêra Bistro Bar
This is a great spot for lively music sessions. The bands are on the outside terrace and the vibe is relaxed and fun. You can enjoy some tasty tapas, cocktails and wine, along with the music. Classic rock hits and great covers gets everyone tapping their toes and ready to dance. Find out more about Pêra Bistro Bar in Armação de Pêra.
NoSoloÁgua has two great party venues on the Algarve coast, one on the long sandy Falesia beach, between Vilamoura and Albufeira, and a second set within Portimão's marina at Praia da Rocha. These superb beach bars serve great food and drinks during the day, but the magic happens during the sunset beach and night parties. Glamorous, cool and sand-between-your-toes chic is where its at when NoSoloÁgua parties! Renowned for hosting the hottest sunset beach parties in the region, with top national and international DJs on board to guarantee some of the best music on the planet.
Check the My Guide Algarve events calendar for the latest NoSoloÁgua summer parties.
Izzy's Beach Restaurant
This laid back chic venue is right by Vale do Garrão beach, in the Algarve's Golden Triangle. Every Saturday and Sunday lunchtime you can experience Izzy's relaxed live music sessions, filled with uplifting rhythms and plenty of fun. Dine or just enjoy an amazing cocktails, while you relax and listen to the great sounds with the sand between your toes.
Located in Silves, the amazing historical and cultural centre of the Algarve, Café Inglés oozes character and style. Nestled beneath the walls of Silves Castle, its excellent bistro-style cuisine and magical atmosphere have made it a popular meeting place for live music, art, poetry and all things cultural.
Live music is generally on the menu on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and the programme offers an eclectic musical mix including jazz, Latin, African and Brazilian. On summer nights, artists perform for diners on the Caféss enchanting terrace and, during the cooler months, Café Inglés hosts live music in its charming indoor dining area, which has a log burning stove and bags of ambience.
The peaceful, tropical setting of Club Nau is perfect for chilling out to the sounds of the saxophone on a hot Algarve afternoon, appreciating the cool ocean breeze as you enjoy smooth evening melodies, or hotting up the nights with some lively rock sounds.
Located on Praia Grande in Ferragudo, Club Nau offers a wide range of cocktails-to-die-for and a menu of great food, which is served throughout the day and evening.
Special mention too for the many concerts that are held across the Algarve by local cultural organizations such as Ideas do Levante and their fabulous Opera Nights, the , and of course the excellent concerts by the Algarve's own Classical orchestra (Orquestra Classica do Sul) and Jazz orchestra (Orquestra de Jazz do Algarve).
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