From Grape to Glass: Toasting Lisbon's Wine Bars

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.   

Proprietors Nelson Guerreiro and Angelo Santos impart their incisive knowledge of Portuguese wines to an eager clientele at this contemporary boutique wine and tapas bar. Located in the historic waterfront suburb of Belem, you have to duck down...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Wonderfully intimate with an offbeat, hole-in-the-wall appeal, Artis is the personification of the classic wine bar " lots of wood, quirky dcor and low lights. This used to be a jazz bar, and a cherished old saxophone takes pride of place in...  Read More

It's unusual to stock wine from only one region but as the name suggests, this chic little bar specialises in wines exclusively from northern Portugal's fertile Douro Valley. Pedro Gouveira has handpicked the 50 or so different reds, whites and...  Read More

Sited very near Lisbon's Castelo de Sao Jorge, this cosy boutique wine bar enjoys arguably the most romantic of locations. Well over 150 Portuguese wines grace the wine list all served by the glass. Many of the bottles are displayed on shelves...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

The number of different wines available at this lively wine bar numbers nearly 1000, an eye-popping choice of excellent reds and whites, nearly all of them Portuguese. Lengthening the list even more is a fine selection of vinho verde, port,...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Converted from an early 20th-century pharmacy but retaining most of the original dcor, this is one of Lisbon's most alluring and attractive wine bars. The owners have carefully preserved the vintage interior and made imaginative use of the...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Pedro Marques knows his wines and is a member the Confrade da Confraria do Periquita (Periquita Wine Brotherhood) " a great honour in Portuguese wine circles! Alfaia is equally respected for its gastronomy " an enviable choice of regional...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Though not strictly a wine bar per se, connoisseurs of fine wine will be suitably impressed with the selection at this smart and stylish eatery. The list numbers around 180 different labels from across Portugal and includes respected names like...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

The entire range of wines produced by celebrated Portuguese producer Jose Maria da Fonseca is available by the glass at this inviting bar. Located near Lisbon's historic Chiado neighbourhood, By the Wine also sells by the bottle and offers up a...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Despite its diminutive dimensions this wonderfully atmospheric wine bar manages to cram more than 200 different bottles of wines onto its shelves, all of them Portuguese. Rui Rossa and his team are passionate about wine, and their enthusiasm is...  Read More


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