Bars in Salema

There’s a relaxed, pleasant and low key evening vibe in Salema. Two excellent cocktail bars are ideal for a pre or post dinner drink. It’s fair to say that not much goes on in Salema after the sun goes down and it’s most definitely NOT a party town. However, the following bars are open until the early hours, so there’s enough to keep busy if late nights are your thing! Several of the restaurants in Salema have separate bar areas, where non-diners are welcome to enjoy a drink. A lively party scene is readily available in nearby Lagos. So, here’s our guide to bars in Salema…

Aventura Cocktail Bar

Wow, just wow! This place is small but perfectly formed and most definitely, fantastically unique. We think Salema should be proud of this tiny, trendy bar on Rua Pescadores – which has become something of a local institution amongst Simply Salema guests over the years. Run by friendly Geordie Karl and his wife Zoe, their bar is laid back, stylish, extremely popular and well worth a visit (or five). The cocktails are first class. Remember to tell Karl & Zoe you’re staying with Simply Salema and be sure to leave a message on the ceiling (you’ll see what we mean)!

Atabua Cocktail Bar

Salema’s liveliest late bar is situated just off the main village square, close to the bottom of Rua Pescadores, near the Boia Bar Restaurant.  Although still a fairly small bar, it’s larger than Adventura and another cool place to be with a laid-back ambiance. There’s often sport on TV, music playing and their fun weekend karaoke evenings are always popular. There’s a huge range of drinks on offer (especially gin), with outside seating a nice touch on warm evenings.

Hotel Residential Bar

Situated in the centre of Salema, this old hotel has a great bar and arguably an even better barman!! Valentino has worked here for years – always providing a professional and fun service. He’s one of Salema’s real characters. Valentino’s always happy to mix a cocktail, enjoy a good joke and help with your Portuguese! A less touristy, less fancy and perhaps more authentic place to enjoy a drink in Salema. Live sport is normally shown.

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