Madeira drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Teahouse in Funchal

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 Fu…
Microbrewery in Funchal

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…
Cafe in Funchal

Penha D'Águia

Funchal's top chain of bakeries have been milling coffee beans and blackening the surfaces of pastel de nata since 1844, and their neatly designed cafes are arguably the best on the island. This branch breaks the mo…
Bar in Funchal

Venda Velha

This bar-restaurant attempts to recreate the shop-tavern 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 drin…
Club in Funchal

Copacabana

Within the casino, some claim this is Funchal's best night out. Music from the '80s and '90s, a resident DJ, regular live acts from Brazil, Madeira and Portugal, screen projection and a sometimes very mixed crowd ma…
Club in Funchal

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, …
Bar in Funchal

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 nig…
Club in Funchal

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 fest…
Bar in Funchal

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 bott…
Cafe in Funchal

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 w…