Lisbon nightlife in Alfama and Graça is a generally a refined and low key scene, which revolves around several excellent fado houses, intimate wine bars, local cafes and a select number of live music clubs. Up in residential Graça the historic Botequim stands out for its bohemian ambiance and literary heritage whereas nearby Damas, refurbished from a former baker’s premises, is a noted live music venue that doubles up as a restaurant. Further along is Café do Mont where the vibe is more muted but equally friendly. Hidden away near the castle is Wine Bar do Castelo, an engaging tasca known for its superb selection of Portuguese wines. Exploring Alfama after dark is to discover places like Duetos da Sá, a late night venue that combines fine dining with a combination of jazzy piano-led live performances. The neighbourhood is also noted for its fado houses and among these is A Baîuca, where amateur fado singers regale diners with their earthy renditions. Meanwhile, Clube de Fado is renowned for showcasing some of the very best singers and musicians in Portugal. For a more humble experience however, book a table at the family-run Sr Fado. One of the more unusual nightspots is Santiago Alquimista, located near Alfama and known for its theatrical interior and splendid mezzanine balcony. And if you’re visiting Lisbon in June then you’re in for a treat as the biggest street party in Portugal takes place either side of June 12 as the city celebrates the annual Festas de Lisboa. Alfama stays open all night and the revelry carries on till dawn.
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