Lisbon´s Night Life is no laughing matter. The Portuguese take their drinking culture seriously. Great music, cheap drinks and late nights make this Portuguese capital one of the hottest nightspots in all of Europe
Behind a set of stairs in the Bica, this bar is one of Lisboa´s best kept secrets, and my absolute favorite place to start your night. Good music, good conversation, and good drinks is what this place promises. Inspired by the Portuguese film of the same name. If you have the late night munchies ask for the "Frangalho"(toasted garlic chicken sandwich). Now you just have to find it.
Travessa da Laranjeira 35
Mon to Sat / 22h-4h
Mixologist and Magician, Dave will keep you guessing with cocktails from another planet. Fruits always fresh, spirits premium and more than 100 concoctions to choose from make this place a relaxed and sofisticated watering hole.
Rua Ruben A. Leitão 17-A (21 342 4033) 9pm-2am Tues-Sat www.cincolounge.com
This Bairro Alto bar is the size of a shoebox, but always has a multi-lingual crowd standing around outside. Various tequilas are available and cheap skillfully crafted caipirinhas, mojitos and shots.
Travessa da Água da Flor, 20
Great place for the first drink and introduction to the Barrio Alto. Trendy place that tends to attract insouciant but laid-back beautiful people. Lots of lounge space to get conversation going. Music can range from hip hop to soul to electronic. As the night wears on, the street in front of the bar gets as crowed as the bar itself.
Rua da Barroca 6/12
This was once a Chinese grocery store and still retains the original entrance. While a drink can be a bit expensive it is worth it to check this place out. One of the best decorated bars I have ever seen, EVER! Designed by Luis Pinto Coelho. The walls are lined with polished cabinets and filled with anything and everything collectible. Action figures, model airplanes, hats, African masks, and things I can`t even name. Also famous for its cocktails boasting the best "Singapore Sling"(the menu is worth just looking at) on the Iberian continent.
Rua Dom Pedro V, 89-91 (sometimes the door is not open and you have to ring the bell)
6pm- 2h am
This is the accountants(he´s crazy) favorite place to grab a drink and listen to whatever might be playing. Usually a DJ. The music ranges from breakdance 80`s beats, house,electro pop and Indie- Rock to, well just about anything electronic. It is always a gamble and always good.
Rua da Moeda 1
This white hot and cool bar is the diamond of Santos. It features a wide range of music, usually on the bill awesome of Lisbon´s best electro pop DJ´s. David Lynch inspired bathrooms and a staircase to nowhere.
Largo Vitorino Damasio 3F
Wed & Thurs / 22h-2h
Fri & Sat / 22h-4h
Once a Luxury Cabaret, then an infamous brothel, it is now one of Lisbon´s most interesting and outrageous nightspots. Live burlesque shows, revival acts, concerts and always a party.
Praca de Alegria 58
Thur to Sat / 22h-4h