The Lagos nightlife scene is truly one for the ages as the coastal town has a distinct charm and it’s easy to immerse yourself in the relaxed pace. But look further and you’ll discover there’s more to it, with lots of venues hosting wild parties for all crowds. Posh beach clubs, lively dive bars and intense dance clubs entertain locals and tourists well into the night.

    Enjoy delicious grub, refreshing cocktails, watch sports and boogie to your heart’s content when roaming the cobbled streets. Many popular bars, clubs and discos are within easy walking distance of each other and you’ll easily find the scene for you. Chill out, join a raging party or mingle with the friendly locals of Lagos at their favourite hangouts. Here’s what to do at night in Lagos to round up your days in this fascinating Algarve town.

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    Go bar-hopping along Rua 25 de Abril

    Listen to live music or hit the dance floor

    Rua 25 de Abril is a Lagos nightlife hotspot where you’ll find lots of entertaining bars and pubs. Whether you’re in the mood for something casual or on the prowl for an epic party, this is a great place to begin your search.

    Start the evening with cool vibes and live tunes at Mynt Bar, then head over to Aficionado for tasty food and cocktails. The party continues into the early hours of the morning with several places not shutting down until 4am. Zanzibar Lagos has tremendous value and the staff greets customers with warm hospitality. Don’t forget your dancing shoes since there are plenty of spots to bust a move on this energetic laneway.

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    Book a Lagos sunset cruise

    Admire the coastal scenery of the Algarve on a yacht or catamaran

    A sunset cruise in Lagos is a delightful way to kick off a romantic evening or simply to enjoy the Algarve town’s magical scenery. Many cruises begin at the vibrant Lagos Marina and sail to the golden cliffs of Ponta da Piedade. The relaxing ride along the western Algarve reveals craggy rock formations and mysterious sea caves decorating the coastline. Cruises are offered on spacious catamarans and yachts to ensure your comfort on-board.

    Savour the moment by sipping on regional wines paired with scrumptious tapas as the sun dips beneath the Atlantic Ocean horizon. Some vessels serenade guests with live music and it’s possible to go for a swim if you wish.

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    Duna Beach Club

    Chill poolside with a trendy crowd and themed parties

    Duna Beach Club transforms from a sunny beach retreat by day to a chic hangout with hip parties by night. The club sits on the shores of Meia Praia Beach in Lagos Bay and guests socialise at the lounge after a fun-filled day of aquatic activities. The fun starts with a sunset pool party and the energy heightens beneath the moonlight.

    After the restaurant closes for the night, resident DJs take over to entertain the fashionable guests of the club. Be prepared to dress for the occasion as the club hosts an eclectic mix of themed parties. Whether it’s a 1980’s throwback or a raging electronic dance party, Duna Beach is always one of the hottest hangouts in town.

    Location: Pinhal da Meia Praia, 8600-315 Lagos, Portugal

    Open: 15 March–31 October: beach club daily from 9am to 7pm, dinner daily from 8pm to 10.30pm

    Phone: +351 282 762 091

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    Bon Vivant

    Rooftop terrace with resident DJs

    Bon Vivant is one of the stand-out establishments on the Lagos party scene, and the 5-level bar hosts some of the most chaotic parties in town. The topmost level is a rooftop terrace featuring sensational views of the lively streets of Lagos. Head down to the lower levels where pulsating music from the DJs inject energy onto the dance floors.

    Here, you’ll find one of the premier drink and cocktail menus in Lagos, and the bar staff are renowned for their creative specialities. The bartenders may even dazzle you with unexpected talents while preparing your drink. A precise music selection and friendly staff ensure guests will never leave disappointed.

    Location: R. 25 de Abril 105, 8600-306 Lagos, Portugal

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10am to 4am, Saturdays from 10am to midnight, Sundays from 2pm to 4am

    Phone: +351 935 718 305

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    InsideOut Bar

    Dance spot with fishbowl cocktails

    Get ready to dance the night away at InsideOut Bar while enjoying their unbeatable drink specials. Expect 2-for-1 drink deals if you’re an early bird who arrives before midnight. Even if you miss this, the party rages until the early hours of the morning. The venue gets crowded, but guest DJs entertain patrons with deep house music and there's a pool table for when you need a break from the dancefloor.

    The bar is famous for its delicious fishbowl cocktails and trying one is a must before the night is over. InsideOut is one of the few places in Lagos open until 4am and its raucous environment was made just for party animals.

    Location: R. Cândido dos Reis 19, 8600-315 Lagos, Portugal

    Open: Daily from 9pm to 4am

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    Daniel Grenier | Contributing Writer

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