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Every summer, bars and clubs come and go in the northern part of the island around Praia dos Ingleses. Most of the year-round nightlife options can be found around the Lagoa da Conceição, where locals and tourists mingle. To start the evening off with a fabulous view, head up to the Morro da Lagoa da Conceição, just west of the village. Follow the Rodovia Admar Gonzaga up the hill; the road will switch back until you get to the lookout. Just across from the lookout is where you find Mandalla, Rod. Admar Gonzaga 4720 (tel. 048/3234-8714). This bar sits perched high above the road and offers spectacular views of the lagoon and the village below. On most nights, Mandalla has live bands starting at 10pm (closed Mon).

Back down in the village a couple of nightlife options are within an easy stroll of one another. Drakkar, Av. Afonso Delambert Neto 607, Lagoa (tel. 048/3232-9516; www.bardrakkar.com.br), is a happening live-music venue with a varied program. Open as early as 6pm, it's perfect for an early-evening cocktail. The live music usually doesn't get started until 10pm. To dance the night away and listen to some great local bands, head out to Praia Mole's Latitude 27, Estrada Geral da Barra da Lagoa 565 (btw. Lagoa and Praia Mole; tel. 048/3232-5841; www.latitude27.com.br). Local bands appear on the stage, and a large dance floor provides plenty of space to dance Thursday through Saturday. Downtown is where you'll find popular Bianco Lounge (tel. 048/3209-3777; www.biancolounge.com.br), a trendy restaurant and ultraminimalist lounge, with fancy cocktails and low-key DJ. Also downtown you'll find the Scuna, Avenida Beira Mar (underneath the bridge; tel. 048/3225-3138; www.scunabar.com.br), which features a menu of live music and snacks and booze 3 nights a week (Tues, Fri, Sat) starting at 10pm. The best features of the Scuna are the two large patios overlooking the city's waterfront.

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