The best nightlife in Lisbon centres on some great bars, cafés, clubs and live music venues. Many can be found in the city’s popular nightclub districts, but a few are waiting to be explored by the more adventurous. For a night listening to an alternative sound, cram into Lounge, a late night bar known for hosting new bands from Portugal and abroad. For a more classically themed night out dress up and head for Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. This Rococo-styled theatre dates from the late 1800s and stages international opera. Looking for a sunset view of the Portuguese capital? Head down to Noobai Café before dusk and enjoy a sundowner at this informal bar. A visit to Lisbon wouldn’t be complete without experiencing fado. At O Faia, they perform this most beguiling of musical styles in polished style – and you can savor excellent Portuguese cuisine at the same time. If you’d rather sample Portuguese wine, join the throng for a night at By the Wine, a cozy wine bar with 3000 empty bottles fixed to the ceiling! Fancy your luck? Then gamble responsibly at the plush Casino Lisboa, which also hosts international cabaret shows and serves food late into the evening. O Bom, O Mau e O Vilhão translates as “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, but there’s nothing bad or ugly about this lively late night bar, which occasionally hosts live music. Practically next door is Pensão Amor, arguably the most eclectic of Lisbon’s after hours venues where anything from naughty burlesque shows to poetry recitals take place. For a good old knees-up pile into O’Gillins, Lisbon’s original Irish Bar where the Guinness flows liberally and the toe-tapping music is catchy and sing-along. And for inexpensive drinks and amiable banter grab a terrace table outside Sol e Pesca, a former fishing tackle shop that’s now one of the city’s quirkiest bars.
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