Lisbon after dark: where to find the city's best nightlife.


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. 

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-cafs? Owner Henrique Vaz Pato saw an opportunity to refurbish a long-abandoned...  Read More

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'Gílín, is a proud Dubliner. Opened in 1995, the Emerald Isle...  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

Cais do Sodré/Santos

Located on the steep sidewalk that connects down-to-earth Cais do Sodr with upmarket Chiado, O Bom, O Mau e O Vilo, which translates as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, sits among a cluster of bars and music clubs that constitute one of...  Read More

Parque das Nações

World-class dance and music shows and a diverse range of table-based gaming options, anything form American Roulette and Blackjack to Caribbean Stud Poker and Baccarat, feature at this modern and stylish entertainment complex located in Parque...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

The arched ceiling of this inviting wine bar is decorated with over 3000 empty wine bottles, a creative nod to the fact that this nightspot is operated by one of Portugal's leading producers – Jos Maria da Fonseca. Customers have an enviable...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

One of several excellent Lisbon fado restaurants, O Faia stands out for its attractive interior, creative menu and outstanding renditions of fado by some of the city's most accomplished singers and musicians. Established way back in 1947...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

Perched on a terrace underneath the Miradoura de Santa Catarine esplanade, Noobai Café works as an ad-hoc bar and restaurant popular with a younger crowd. The food is fairly basic but nourishing, with dishes such as tuna steak with leek and cod...  Read More

Lisbon's landmark opera house is regarded as one of the city's finest examples of Neo-Classical architecture, and is unmatched in Portugal as a historic, performing arts venue. This is where those appreciative of culture can indulge in an...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara

The vibe at this shoe box-sized venue on live music nights positively buzzes. Indeed, Lounge is an institution, a bar that eagerly promotes the indie scene and kicks mainstream out of the window. It gets crowded here: there's nothing intimate...  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