Drinking and nightlife in Madeira

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    Reid's Tea Terrace

    The quintessential British–Madeiran experience is afternoon tea at Reid's. Some 24 types of tea, as well as cucumber sandwiches, delicate cakes and Champagne, are served on the terrace looking out over the bay of Funchal. Reservations are recommended.

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    Beerhouse

    The conspicuous assemblage of tent-roofed structures overlooking the marina is Funchal's only microbrewery, pumping out a decent German-style lager to go with a typical Madeiran tourist menu. It's spoilt slightly by the burly banana-farmer waiters being trussed up in Bavarian garb, but the beer, cocktails and swish location make it worth a shot.

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    Penha D'Águia

    Funchal's top chain of bakeries has been milling coffee beans and blackening the surfaces of pastel de nata since 1844, and its neatly designed cafes are arguably the best on the island. This branch breaks the mould with a dramatic interior of white and blue, with the odd retro element giving that perfect 21st-century look.

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    Venda Velha

    This bar-restaurant attempts to recreate the shop-taverns of the early 20th century, once the community hubs across the island. Special focus here falls on Madeiran poncha (sugar-cane spirit drink), a more boozy drink than many non-Madeirans imagine – head there after midnight to see what we mean.

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    Copacabana

    Some claim that this club within the casino is Funchal's best night out. Music from the '80s and '90s, a resident DJ, regular live acts from Brazil, Madeira and Portugal, screen projections and a sometimes very mixed crowd make this one of the liveliest spots in the Atlantic to be when the sun goes down.

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    23 Vintage Bar

    Celebrating the music of the 1960s to 1990s, this great little club-bar livens up weekends in the Zona Velha. Friday nights are all about paying nostalgic tribute to an iconic band or artist such as Modern Talking, Kylie Minogue, Lenny Kravitz or U2; more eclectic Saturdays are normally jukebox night.

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    Mini Eco Bar

    Titchy, micro-space bar created as ecologically as possible (eco-friendly paints, A-rated electrical appliances), which really comes alive at weekends when DJs pump out cool tunes for a chilled audience. A great nightspot for hanging out with the crowd, though not if you want to sit down.

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    Vespas

    Madeira's top nightclub has been around since 1980 and was once the only place on the island for a proper night out. It's still the funnest, funkiest nightspot in these parts and often does its bit for the many festivals that take place in Funchal, such as Carnaval and the Festa da Flor.

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    Madeira Rum House

    Offering Madeira's own rum, the William Hinto brand, this is a superb addition to the Zona Velha drinking scene. The smooth tipple in question is made using the island's cane sugar and fermented in oak casks. A bottle makes a very authentic souvenir.

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    Loja do Chá

    More than a hundred teas are available at this tiny tearoom, whose tables spill out onto sunny Praça do Colombo. Snacks and light lunches accompany the green, black, jasmine and fruit infusions, some on the rather pricey end of the tea scale.

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    Golden Gate Cafe

    Around since 1841, the Golden Gate is one of Funchal's best-known cafes, though it lost its olde-worlde charm in a glitzy refurb a few years ago. Skip the expensive food for a coffee or cocktail on the cobbles and watch the tourists file by.

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    Cafe do Teatro

    This stylish cafe attached to the Teatro Baltazar Dias is open all day but really comes into its own after dark. Choose from a people-watching spot on the street or the courtyard where DJs pump out the latest sounds on a Saturday night.

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    Barreirinha Cafe

    Outside-only cafe-bar above the complexo balnear (swimming complex) at the eastern end of the Zona Velha offering snacks and drinks to the sound of brine on basalt at any time of day. Weekend DJs and a real mixed crowd.

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    Cafe do Museu

    Lurking in the loggia of the Museu de Arte Sacra, this is the museum's excellent cafe by day, but after dark it turns into a nightspot, especially at the weekends. Saturday brunch (€8) is particularly popular.

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    Mercearia da Poncha

    Specialising in Madeiran poncha (sugar-cane spirit drink), this small Zona Velha bar often crams Rua de Santa Maria with drinkers until the early hours. A lively atmosphere is always guaranteed.

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    O Herédia

    Slightly away from the tourists, this tiny cafe spreads tables across sunny Largo dos Herédias near Ribeira Brava's Ethnographical Museum. Serves coffees, beers, spirits and light meals.

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    Casa de Chá

    The tea garden in the grounds of the Universo de Memórias João Carlos Abreu is a tranquil place to relax over a cuppa between museums.

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    Pub No 2

    Housed in a traditional low Madeiran building, now overshadowed on all sides by glass-and-steel hotel edifices, Pub No 2 has been around forever and still serves a mixed bunch of expats and tourists in its low-lit, faux-English half-timbered spaces. Nice oasis in the Hotel Zone with English beers, food and footy on the box.

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    Prince Albert Pub

    Now loomed over by the new Savoy, Funchal's longest-established British pub has sports TV, Sunday roasts, occasional live music and a low-lit interior – expect lots of loud expat banter and British ale.