Lisbon's Bars Provide Great Nightlife in Portugal's Capital City.

Nightlife in Lisbon extends to a host of excellent bars that help make the Portuguese capital become one of the great party cities of Europe. A favourite Lisbon bar is Café Tati in Cais do Sodré, by day a chic eatery that becomes a cozy hangout after dark. Also in the neighbourhood is A Velha Senhora. Besides being a popular watering hole, regular cabaret and revue shows add spice to an already heady atmosphere. Up in Bairro Alto, live entertainment also enlivens Alface Hall, where customers can listen to jazz and blues over beers and long drinks. Up the road is Pensão Amor, replete in crimson velvet and a naughty but nice theme. Not far away are two of the bairro’s most celebrated nightspots, Clube da Esquina where the DJ’s mellow soundtrack never drowns out the conversation, and the celebrated Portas Largas with its live Brazilian music and famous caipirinha cocktails. Bairro Alto is also home to Maria Caxuxa with its 1950’s space age theme and femme fatale sheen. Across downtown Lisbon is the hard-to-find Primeiro Andar, a bohemian hangout where the customer are mostly in-the-know locals. Meanwhile, back down in Cais do Sodré is the quirky Sol e Pesca, a former fishing tackle shop that’s now one of the city’s coolest bars. Around the corner is O’Gillin’s, the city’s original and best Irish bar. 

An authentic Gaelic toe-tapping atmosphere pervades this popular and lively bar, and no wonder. This is the only genuinely owned Irish pub in the city. The proprietor, Conor O'Gillin is a proud Dubliner. Opened in 1995, the Emerald Isle ambiance...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

Anglers used to frequent this place when it sold fishing tackle and equipment. So how did a fishermen's hardware store turn itself into one of Lisbon's hippest bar-cafes. Owner Henrique Vaz Pato saw an opportunity to refurbish a long-abandoned...  Read More

The "First Floor" works in fact on three levels – bar, restaurant and nightclub. Housed in the historic but rundown Ateneu Comercial de Lisboa, a grand old building dating from 1895, the venue is not readily advertised on the mainstream...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

The giant film posters pasted across the walls of this lively and popular bar illustrate the owners' penchant for Hollywood B movies with a femme fatale theme, pulp popcorn classics like 'Girls on the Loose' and 'Attack of the 50ft Woman'. This...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Everybody knows Portas Largas – the "Large Doors". This is one of Bairro Alto's most celebrated bars, a magnet for a predominantly young, gay-friendly crowd from all over the world. Its origins as a fado house are still apparent, with an...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

A favourite Bairro Alto hangout, this friendly and inexpensive bar is known for its cocktails – caipirinhas, mojitos and their famous morangoska, among many other concoctions. The crowd is mixed, mellow and totally laid back, chilled no doubt...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

An established venue on Lisbon's nightlife circuit, Pensao Amor is located in an old boarding house near Cais do Sodre; (the name translates as "Love House"). It's aptly themed around an upscale, 19th-century burlesque club, complete with...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

One of the city's cosiest jazz bars and cafes, the wonderfully named Alface Hall (in English alface means "lettuce") is part of the Alface Hostel, an inexpensive place to stay set right in the heart of Bairro Alto. The bar resembles an old...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

Turn up at this whacky and irreverent bar and you're as likely to witness saucy burlesque as much as a 1940s swing band such is the diverse musical presentations hosted on the little stage at the back of the club. Hemmed on either side by a...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

By day a wonderfully shabby-chic decorated bistro serving up wholesome brunch, lunch and by nightfall dinner, Café Tati changes complexion after dark to become a lively bar that regularly features live music, mostly jazz but at other times...  Read More


Meet Paul Bernhardt

Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul
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