Lisbon - Bars & Nightlife
The Bairro Alto is the restaurant and bar quarter par excellence: many people’s evening starts here with a meal and then a walk from one of the small bars to another. This often goes on until about two, after which people go to the clubs.
Lisbon is a city that takes its night life seriously. Shortly after midnight, it is best to move down towards the river and the larger clubs along the Avenida 24 de Julho, to the Docas area and Alcântara, where the coolest dance floors are never filled before two in the morning.
Enoteca/chafariz Do Vinho
This is still the best place to sample Portuguese wine, either at the small pavement café or in the cool interior - a monumental former water supply depot. A brief food menu complements the long wine list.
No other bar in Lisbon has yet managed to outdo Luís Pinto Coelho’s decor, installed in the 1970's: thousands of collectible objects, from model battleships to dolls and beer mugs, in glazed cabinets which cover most of the walls in the bar’s many rooms.
One of the city’s most eccentric discotheques, which manages to attract hordes of young Portuguese and tourists, who preferably dance to Techno and Acid House. It has once been voted as one of the best clubs in Europe.
People who hang out in smaller bars like to regard themselves as alternatives, and turn up their noses at the larger clubs with commercial music and a sea of dancers. However, everybody meets at Lux, the city’s ultimate night club.
Belém Bar Café
Belém Bar Café is a sophisticated bar/club/restaurant offering a great venue if you feel like wearing your best clothes and go out for a fun night. The music played here is commercial house, R&B and Hip Hop.