The town center has about a dozen tascas (taverns) and bodegas, but you might be happier with the glossier after-dark venues in internationally minded Praia da Rocha. Many bars and pubs, as well as the resort's casino, line Avenida Tomás Cabreira. Depending on your mood, you might enjoy popping in and out of several of them -- a ritual akin to a London pub-crawl. The most active and intriguing hangouts include Farmer's Bar, Rua António Feu (tel. 28/242-57-20), which serves wine, beer, and cocktails. It's open daily from 10am to 4am. Danceaholics and devoted night owls appreciate the shenanigans at Disco Pé de Vento, Avenida Tomás Cabreira (no phone). It gets going after midnight every night in high season and remain open until the last person staggers off the next morning. The cover charge is 10€.

Casino Praia da Rocha is on the glittering premises of the five-star Hotel Algarve Casino, Avenida Tomás Cabreira (tel. 28/240-20-00). Its gaming tables and slot machines open every night at 4pm and shut down at 3am, or later if business warrants. Its entertainment highlight is the cabaret show, featuring lots of dancers in spangles and feathers, magicians, and a master of ceremonies telling not-very-subtle jokes. Dinner, served beginning at 8:30pm, precedes the show and costs 40€. If you skip dinner, the entrance fee of 10€ includes the first drink. Showtime is 11pm. Also look for other forms of entertainment, such as live concerts or fado.

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