Cabo Verde drinking and nightlife

Wine Bar in Mindelo


Gallery space downstairs and a chilled wine bar upstairs, with lots of contemporary artwork, dark ambient lighting and cool music. A good place for a low-key night out, over wine and tapas-style snacks. It has live …
Bar in Santa Maria

Sal Beach Club

Buzzing beachfront spot with live music on weekends, free wi-fi, a big TV screen, and plenty of snacks when hunger strikes – fish and chips, burgers, pastas and wraps.
Bar in Praia


Overlooking scruffy Gamboa beach, this buzzing eating and drinking spot draws a festive crowd, particularly on Thursday through Saturday nights when there's live music (from 9pm or 10pm). The outdoor tables on the d…
Cafe in Santa Maria


Run by a couple of friendly English expats, Londres offers a winning combination of tapas plates (calamari, Spanish-style meatballs, zucchini carpaccio) and a good drink selection, with live music three nights a wee…
Bar in Mindelo

Bistro Flutuante

You'll need to get your sea legs before venturing out onto this breezy floating (sometimes bobbing) dock in the marina. You'll find a few salty expats and out-of-towners enjoying the sea air and peaceful views – plu…
Bar in Santa Maria

Ocean Cafe

For a lively scene, it's hard to top this festive drinking and eating space one block up from the beach. There's live music most nights, and DJs heat things up on weekends. The food is also quite good, with thin-cru…
Cafe in Boa Vista

Caffè del Porto

Near the Sal Rei waterfront, a few blocks from the plaza, this place with outdoor tables makes a fine spot for a sundowner. You can also order food (seafood, pizza, kebabs), watch televised football matches and catc…
Cafe in Boa Vista

Wakan Bar

Adorable little blue-and-white shack with a boat shape, right by the fishing boats on Praia de Diante. Expect no less than 70 cocktail varieties, nice snacks, good Italian coffee and good happy-hour specials.
Bar in Praia


Just up from Quebra-Canela beach, Alkimist is a popular, low-key hangout. Grab an outdoor table for an afternoon pick-me-up, or come on Friday and Saturday nights when there's live music (from 9.30pm).
Bar in Mindelo

Jazzy Bird

Known to locals as Vou, after the friendly owner, this cool little basement bar plastered with old jazz posters attracts an older crowd. Big-name local musicians play jazz late on Friday nights.