An alcohol-stoked crawl through the upscale bars of such hotels as the Palácio might provide insights into the glamour of this pocket of Portugal. If you're looking for something more formal, check out the Casino Estoril, in the Parque Estoril, Praça José Teodoro dos Santos (tel. 21/466-77-00; There's a cover charge of 5€ for entrance into the section with the gaming tables (roulette, French banque, chemin de fer, blackjack, and craps); you can gamble to your heart's content every day between 3pm and 3am. You must present a passport, driver's license, or other form of photo ID, and you must be 18 or over. A jacket is required. Entrance to the separate slot-machine room is free and requires no ID. Built in the late 1950s, the casino rises from a formally landscaped garden on a hilltop near the town center. Glass walls enclose an inner courtyard with fountains and tiled paths.

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The casino is the venue for the region's splashiest and most colorful cabaret act, Salão Preto e Prata, in the Casino Estoril, Parque Estoril, Praça José Teodoro dos Santos (tel. 21/466-77-00). We usually skip the dinner offered here and pay a cover charge of 23€, which includes the first drink. On Sunday, the cover charge is 15€, which also includes the first drink. Shows begin at 11pm, and most spectators who aren't dining show up at around 10:30pm for views of leggy, feathered, and bejeweled dancers strutting around in billowing trains and bespangled bras. Food is served in the 700-seat theater or in a 150-seat satellite restaurant, Wunderbar. Dinner, including access to the show, costs 58€ to 65€ per person.

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