Portugal’s vineyards are the source of some of the world’s most celebrated wines. In Lisbon, numerous different wines can be enjoyed in bars planted in and around the capital. Tempting the palate are fruity reds, elegant whites and a host of other grape varieties, and a night out discovering the city’s best wine bars is a civilized and rewarding experience. Bairro Alto district is home to several excellent venues. Dotted around the warren of streets and terraces of this lively Bohemian quarter are places like the inviting BA Wine Bar, where the service is extraordinary. Likewise, in Chiado at By the Wine customers are made to feel truly welcome, and there’s a comprehensive wine list to choose from. At Fidalgo, back in Bairro Alto, some of the wines are very valuable indeed. In the same area are places like Alfaia Garrafeira, The Old Pharmacy Wine Inn and Grapes & Bites, all noted for their superb wines and warm hospitality. Up near the castle is the boutique Wine Bar do Castelo while down in the Baixa you can chill out at Bebedouro Wine and Food, where wines from the Douro are a specialty. Artis is another favourite Bairro Alto wine bar. And if you’re visiting Belém, pop into Enoteca do Belém for a few glasses over tapas and good cheer.
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