Pubs and Bars in Algarve
Alcohol in general tends to be very reasonably priced in the Algarve, with bottles of wine from as little as 1€ in the supermarkets! For some of the best prices, stop at one of the many local cafés because they are a lot cheaper than the bars. With so many orange trees across the Algarve, its not suprising that fresh orange juice is widely served in cafes, bars and restaurants; a glass can cost as little as €2 but may be as much as €4, but it is well worth it!
A lot of the wine sold in the Algarve comes from other parts of Portugal but the Algarve does also produce its own wine, most of which comes from the Lagoa, Portimão and Tavira areas. Most restaurants will only have Portuguese wines on their wine list.
The 'house' wine ("vinho da casa") in white ("branco") and red ("tinto") is nearly always a local Portuguese wine and good value. You can also opt for "vinho verde" which is a young 'green' wine, slightly sparkling, light and refreshing and goes very well with fish and chicken dishes, or rosé - Mateus rosé being the best known.
If you prefer to drink beer ("cerveja"), there are really just three national brands that you will become familiar with: "Sagres" (named after the Algarve’s Sagres, but it isn’t produced there), "Super Bock" and "Cristal". You will also find, a number of imported beers and lagers that you are used to drinking at home, but these may be a little more expensive. If you are ordering draft beer, then ask for “um imperial” if you would like a regular glass and “uma caneca” if you would like half a litre.
After the meal you may want to try a glass of port, Portugal's best known drink. Produced from a blend of wines, port is available in ‘ruby’ (a young and full-bodied sweet port), ‘tawny’ (a lighter port, best served chilled) and ‘white’ (which is dry and better served over ice as an aperitif). The Algarve is also famous for its spirits - there are two main ones to look out for when you come, "Aguardente" and "Medronho", but be warned, for both you need to have a very sturdy palette! Medronho (or ‘fire water’ as it is perhaps better known) is made from the strawberry like fruit of the arbutus and can literally bring tears to your eyes as you sip it. It is said that this potent spirit can knock grown men off their legs after one too many!
The most famous Irish pub in Vilamoura, overlooking the marina and offering a night out to remember. The Irish Pub in Vilamoura is synonymous with a great night out in this busy and bustling Algarve hotspot. Follow the music to find the Irish Bar, famous for its live entertainment, huge terrace and incredible atmosphere throughout the year. This is the place to enjoy sun-downers overlooking the impressive Vilamoura marina, watch live sports, gather with friends and listen to some of the best live music in the Algarve with dancing on the tables most nights!
At Monty’s, we are always working to create the best possible experience for all our guests, whether you are coming for something to eat a meal, to drink a classic cocktail to drink or are looking to let your hair down and enjoy our live entertainment. Monty’s is also available for special events, parties and celebrations, simply contact us to let us know what you are looking for and we will help to put together an event not to forget!