One of the most fashionable of Lisbon tapas bars is Rubro Avenida, off the city’s Avenida da Liberdade, noted for its intriguing fusion of Spanish and Portuguese cuisine. Perhaps the most recognized is the celebrated Mesón Andaluz, located in Cais do Sodré. An equally popular downtown option is Tosca, which is also a lively nighttime haunt. At Sophia La Loca in Bairro Alto, the emphasis is pairing good food with fine wine, a philosophy upheld at nearby Grapes & Bites, a convivial wine bar that also serves up delicious Portuguese petiscos (snacks). From an interior design point of view one of the most eye-catching restaurants is Chiringuito Tapas Bar in Santos, where the décor is as appealing as the food. Tapas Bar 52 in Principe Real on the other hand draws in the crowds for its low-light intimate setting. Rustic-styled Taberna Vintage is also appreciated for its laid back ambiance and eclectic wine selection. Meanwhile, Petiscos no Bairro upholds the Portuguese tradition of good food eaten in friendly company while Tapa Bucho upholds cuisine hails from northern Spain, with the selection of pinchos – skewered meats, cheeses and seafood – ranking among the best served in the capital.
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