Bars and Nightlife
Where night turns into day
First of all: When you are in the rural areas, don’t count on finding a nightly entertainment programme after 10 p.m. But if you are fortunate, the villagers may be in the mood to celebrate. There is generally more offered during the peak season than in the off season. The peak season is at Christmas, New Year and in the summer months. There is also usually a lot of activity during the island or village festivals and the holidays.
When it comes to nightlife, we also suggest concentrating on the larger cities: These are Santa Maria on the island of Sal, Mindelo on São Vicente, Praia on Santiago and Sal Rei and Esplanada on Boa Vista.
You will find bars and some classic discos here. Above all, the latter include the Disco Pirata at the entrance to the town. A visit to a restaurant when local musicians are performing is recommended for music fans. A popular diversion for Cape Verdeans and travelers is the Beach Festival of Santa Maria, which takes place on a regular basis in September. Mainly contemporary Cape Verdean music on the zouk is performed here.
In addition, the larger hotels offer music and dance events. However, these tend to have a tourist-animating character. The hotel discos, which are usually situated somewhat outside the city, are also frequented by the locals. Otherwise, new locations are currently being opened here and there.