Summer is just around the corner and with it comes the desire to round off the day by sipping a delicious and colourful cocktail in attractive surroundings. With this in mind, we have put together a short list of some bars in the Algarve where you can enjoy a great cocktail and breathe in the region’s pure, fresh air.
Sal Rosa, Albufeira
Sal Rosa is a bar in Albufeira’s “old town”, overlooking Peneco Beach.
The space is cosy and is decorated in tones of old rose, with some handicrafts for added interest.
The splendid window affords a marvellous view of the sea. Sal Rosa specialises in regional products and home-made ingredients.
Having opened for business in 1985, the Dromedário in Sagres now boasts a history spanning more than three decades.
Today, it is one of the top cocktail bars in this part of the Algarve. The bar was the brainchild of a German, who came to southern Portugal on a trip and ended up settling in Sagres.
Inspired by the sands of the desert, he chose the dromedary as the symbol for his bar, decorating it with Moroccan colours and motifs.
Atlantic Piano Bar, Vilamoura
The Atlantic is a bar located on the first floor of a building facing Vilamoura Marina. It opened for business in September 2004, and since then has become increasingly popular as a night spot in Vilamoura, especially because of its live music.
The elegant white grand piano is a big attraction, as is the decoration that takes you back to golden age of Hollywood. The feeling of spaciousness is typical of a North-American jazz club but, in fact, the ambience is that of a British pub. The bar offers an elegant cocktail menu with suggestions for different times of day. There are live performances twice daily.
Columbus Bar, Faro
The Columbus Bar is home to the Best Bar Team in Portugal, a prize awarded by the Lisbon Bar Show Awards and which it has won for the second year running.
Located in the arches of a hundred-year-old building, the Columbus grew out of an original idea to set up a club with DJs that would subsequently become one of the best cocktail bars in Portugal.
The bar consists of a cosy interior space comprising two rooms with understated decor and two outdoor seating areas. The first of these is under the arches of the old building and the second, laid out in lounge style, is on the pavement right outside the bar.
An added attraction is the fact that the menu is a collectible, printed in the form of a yearly newspaper that customers can take home with them. This extensive menu features a wide variety of cocktails, wine, shots and short articles about the Columbus family.
Put this place on your must-do list!
Boasting a fabulous view over the lake and the sixth green at the Vila Sol Golf & Resort in Quarteira, Moon is a restaurant and cocktail lounge that is strategically located to ensure customers enjoy unforgettable moments.
The simple and harmonious decor, in tones that blend in with the bar’s natural surroundings, the fantastic lighting system and the large windows affording exterior views, provide the dining room with a unique and modern style.
In the outdoor lounge, you can savour a variety of cocktails, carefully prepared for you by the bartender. There is an indoor space too, a room with charismatic and elegant decor, where meals are served, and which opens on to the garden where, in summer, you can enjoy an unrivalled dining experience.