Several destinations have a lively drinking scene. Tourist-loving Santa Maria on the island of Sal has bars and dance spots catering mostly to a foreign crowd. The bars of Praia on Isla Santiago draw a mix of locals and expats, while pretty Mindelo on São Vicente has some fine places for drinking and catching live music. Elsewhere, bars are limited, with restaurants being the best places for a drink.

Local Drinks

As for local drinks, there's grogue, the local sugar-cane spirit; ponch (rum, lemonade and honey); some reasonable wines from Fogo; Strela, a decent bottled local beer; and, of course, Portuguese beers and wines. A decent caffeine fix is available everywhere (coffee even grows on the slopes of Mt Fogo and on Santo Antão), but tea is harder to find.