Lisbon's Best Dance Clubs: The Sound of Nightlife in the City



Dance clubs in Lisbon provide the city with an eclectic nightlife and a soundtrack of assorted musical styles. Arguably the most celebrated dance club in Lisbon is Lux, located near the river in Santa Apolónia. Set over three floors, the venue caters for hedonists and socialites and there’s a top-floor terrace to chill out on. Radio-Hotel, near Alcântara, works as a nightclub, social club and live music venue. Over at Cais do Sodré is Station, an attractive restaurant-club where they spin cool electronica. Up in Bairro Alto is Incógnito, a fixture on Lisbon’s club scene since the late 1980s. B.Leza, situated on the docks near Cais do Sodré, hosts live African and Brazilian music where you can move to some of the hottest rhythms in town. Lording it over Avenida 24 de Julho is Main, a three-story dance temple that has a chill out zone on the roof! Ministerium, on Praça do Comércio, occupies the former offices of a government ministry and is set under an 18th-century vaulted ceiling. Near Alcântara on the waterfront is old favourite the Dock’s Club, celebrated for its “Ladies Night”. At Urban Beach, also on Lisbon’s dock front, the DJs mix a mellow sound with electric pop and a dash of hip-hop.  And for something a little more edgy, try Europa. The music’s louder and more urgent and goes on way past dawn. 

 


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Avenida 24 De Julho


Edgy and retro, with an ever-so-slightly underworld feel to it, Europa doesn't stand much on ceremony. But this modest-sized music bar is big on drum n' bass and brilliant mixing – on most occasions it's two DJs working a pair of turntables...  Read More


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24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara


Draped over a Lisbon quayside like a reclining model, Urban Beach is the quintessential cool hangout, a sophisticated nightspot that is a regular backdrop for fashion parties and VIP celebrations. That said, Urban's friendly staff always...  Read More


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24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara


Sited in a former warehouse on the waterfront near Lisbon's Alcantara district, this is a favourite venue with the city's mainstream youth. The club frequently hosts whacky themed nights presided over by savvy DJs. The soundtrack is what you'd...  Read More




So named because it occupies a space in a building formerly used by the Ministry of Finance, this dance club is also makes use of some pretty nifty 18th-century architecture, not least a beautiful vaulted ceiling that lends it a classical...  Read More


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Avenida 24 De Julho


Air, Room, Zero: the three concepts behind this sprawling dance club – one of the most dynamic, energetic and loudest of Lisbon's nightspots. Main is huge. It's composed of three floors, each designed around a theme and a corresponding...  Read More


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Avenida 24 De Julho


Reopened in a new location after lengthy closure, this top-notch African music club is the place to listen and dance to artists from Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique and other countries on the African continent. The club also hosts singers and...  Read More


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Bairro Alto/Principe Real


A favourite on the Lisbon club scene for over 25 years, 1988 – no mean feat in the fickle world of music and fashion – Incógnito wears its indie badge with pride and delivers a seething mix of alternative rock and '80s synthpop to a...  Read More


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Cais do Sodré/Santos


A funky waterfront hangout, Station is applauded for its superbly balanced sound system – you can actually hold a conversation on the dance floor without shouting your head off! Cleverly designed to fit snugly into the roof of a restaurant set...  Read More


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24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara


A nightclub, social club and live music venue, Radio Hotel appeals across a wide age range and various musical tastes. Sited in Lisbon's Alcântara district almost under the city's eye-catching suspension bridge, the club's soundtrack is for the...  Read More


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Santa Apolonia


Still pulling the in crowds well after a decade, Lux remains one of Lisbon's premier nightspots. The door policy can be a bit choosy, and it's best to arrive looking sharp. Better still if you're arm-in-arm with a local. But it's worth dressing...  Read More


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