Nightlife in Lisbon extends to a host of excellent bars that help make the Portuguese capital one of the great party cities of Europe.
Few late night venues can offer you a shave or a beard trim while drinking a G&T but that's exactly what they advertise at quirky O Purista Barbière. After dark the barbers give way to DJs, and the evening proper kicks in. Up in Graça district meanwhile is Damas, a hip little joint where you can eat, drink and then boogie the night away. Elsewhere, a favourite gig is Café Tati in Cais do Sodré, by day a chic eatery that morphs into a cozy and informal music hangout as night falls.
In Bairro Alto, live music entertainment also enriches 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 ever-changing themed decor and cute bar staff.
Back down in Cais do Sodré the quirky Sol e Pesca, a former fishing tackle shop, remains one of the city’s coolest bar addresses. And for a heightened sense of occasion, nip up to the roof-top The Insólito for long drinks and fabulous city views.