Entertainment in Madeira

  • Entertainment in Funchal

    Casino da Madeira

    This concrete brutalist-style casino was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the architect behind Brazil's planned capital Brasilia, and is a great night out even if you're not a gambler. Follow up the ritzy dinner and show by watching others fritter away their holiday money at the slot machines, or with a jig in the Copacabana disco. Smart casual attire recommended.

  • Entertainment in Funchal

    Arsenio's

    The aroma of a loaded charcoal grill wafts along Rua de Santa Maria from Arsenio's, luring evening strollers into the old, atmospheric dining room, all basalt floors, ancient beams and leather chairs. Every evening from 7pm to 11pm, meals are taken with a dose of fado, Arsenio's being the best place on Madeira to experience Portugal's signature musical genre. Book ahead for the best seats.

  • Entertainment in Funchal

    Sabor e Fado

    Though not as illustrious as other Funchal fado-and-dinner venues, Sabor e Fado is an intimate affair. The menu is meat-heavy; the live music starts at 7pm and the staff often get in on the act. Fado nights are dinner-and-music events – pay for food at a table, and the music is free.

  • Entertainment in Funchal

    Scat Funchal Jazz Club

    This superb little club near the Lido has nightly live music, a wonderful outdoor seating area from which to watch the Atlantic sunset, and frequent jam sessions. One of the last places to close in the Hotel Zone and a commendable dinner menu.

  • Entertainment in Funchal

    Teatro Baltazar Dias

    Funchal's grand, late-19th-century main theatre (there were once five!) is the place to head for high-brow entertainment, including classical music, fado, ballet and other performing arts, as well as film festivals and other events.

  • Entertainment in Funchal

    English Church

    Funchal's large English Church, the epicentre of British expat life, seems to be used more for live music and various other events than for Christian worship. There's something on here at least once a week, with jazz, fado, chamber music and voice recitals regularly featuring on the programme. Check the website for details.