: Ostensibly a wine bar, this lively Bairro Alto restaurant is also highly regarded for its choice of pesticos, Portugal's version of the Spanish tapas. Indeed, the menu lists a discerning selection of... Read More
: Ostensibly a wine bar, this lively Bairro Alto restaurant is also highly regarded for its choice of pesticos, Portugal's version of the Spanish tapas. Indeed, the menu lists a discerning selection of gourmet nibbles, regional tidbits prepared to the highest order and wonderfully presented. Hot and cold cuts are available, but it's the combination of cured hams, presunto and spicy sausage together with cheeses from across Portugal that are particularly appealing. The food complements an amazing variety of wines, in fact nearly 100 different labels that represent just about every wine-growing region in Portugal. As evening falls, live guitar music helps to mellow an already conducive atmosphere.
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: Refurbished from the shell of a former 18th-century coach house, this lively and inviting bar-restaurant features a cellar stocked with almost 1000 different wines, most of them Portuguese. Complementing this extraordinary choice of reds, whites, ports and Madeiras is a list of cocktails, beers and spirits. Much more than a wine bar, Grapes & Bites also serves a delicious selection of gourmet petiscos – tapas style nibbles that draw on Portuguese and Mediterranean textures and flavous that exemplify Iberian cuisine. Some of the tables are set around huge wine barrels and despite its generous floor space, the restaurant tends to fill up quickly, especially early evening when a guitarist provides a mellow soundtrack.