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.
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