The Lisbon neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real are the city’s liveliest nightlife districts. The bars that line the cobblestone warren that is Bairro Alto are characterised by places like Clube da Esquina a landmark nightspot and a perennial favourite with locals and visitors alike. Equally popular is the wonderfully named Alface Hall (alface means lettuce in English), where jazz and blues in played out on most nights. Wine lovers should head for the excellent BA Wine Bar to sample some truly excellent reds and whites from a choice of over 200 labels. Not far away is The Old Pharmacy Wine Inn. As the name suggests, this is a wine bar fashioned out of an historic chemists. A genuine holiday atmosphere pervades the boisterous Bali Bar, replete with hammocks and palm trees. Meanwhile, Maria Caxuxa woos customers with some funky B movie poster artwork and seriously strong shots. For a slice of arty boho straight out of leftfield, enter nearby Zé dos Bois, one of the city’s premier underground haunts. Up in Príncipe Real is one of the Portuguese capital’s most celebrated watering holes, Pavilhão Chinês. A bizarre collection of curios and knick-knacks line the walls of this extraordinary homage to classic kitsch. For a more refined night out head over to the sophisticated Cinco Lounge where the award-wining cocktails are mixed with skill and finesse. Back in the thick of it is Portas Largas, perhaps the most legendary of Bairro’s bars where the fun and frolics spills out onto the street.
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