The big difference between nightlife in Puerto and that in the southern and western resorts is that it's far more geared towards the resident Canarian and Spanish populations, so entertainment doesn't tend to be manufactured and you'll find cabaret and karaoke conspicuous by its absence. For many, nightlife consists of a pavement bar with a carafe of wine, a glass of brandy and lively conversation and people watching. But don't be fooled into thinking the nightlife is quiet for everyone. In Puerto, when the holidaymakers are heading home to bed, the locals are just coming out to play.
There are several trendy bars in and around Plaza Charco which you'll find busy with locals from around 11.30pm. Try Bar Blanco (Calle Blanco,12; +34 649 91 65 06; http://blancobar.com) where you'll find a live band on the ground floor and courtyard terrace bars out the back; Limbo (Calle Blanco, 19; +34 922 38 01 17; www.terrazalimbo.com), a lively outside terrace bar, and Color Cafe (Rincon del Puerto, Plaza Charco; +34 629 70 90 81), a laid back, stylish bar set in a beautiful balconied courtyard overlooking the plaza.
Save some stamina for a visit to Puerto's liveliest Cuban Bar, Azucar (Calle Iriarte,1; +34 922 38 94 61) where you'll find salsa, loud Latino and mojitos are the order of the night.
For live entertainment, the hilarious antics of drag artists Bitter and Twisted at The Majestic are well worth a visit (Calle Cologan,12; +34 626 42 52 63; www.bitterandtwistedshow.com).
Clubbers should make a bee-line for Avenida Generalisimo in the small hours where they'll find several clubs including the famous Joy Discoteque (Calle Obispo Pérez Cáceres, 12; +34 922 37 39 85).
For those who like their chips to come with stakes, head to Puerto's chic gaming casino (Avenida Colón, 1; +34 922 36 88 43) which lies beneath the lake in Lago Martiánez and don't forget your passport...and wallet.
Puerto de la Cruz is in Tenerife. For general advice on nightlife in Tenerife, see my Tenerife nightlife page.