The nightlife scene in Lisbon’s upscale Chiado district is notable for its sophisticated low-key ambiance, and this is especially so at Sacramento. Attracting a mixed, sociable crowd, this stylish after dark venue is divided into a bar and restaurant, with guests very often combining a night out between the two.
Wine being served at Sacramento — Photo courtesy of Paul Bernhardt
Weekends are particularly busy. This is the time to dress up and show out, perhaps meeting first for a cocktail before sitting down for dinner. But there’s no need to stand on too much ceremony. The informal ambiance of the bar makes it equally attractive as a place to meet for a beer with friends, or share a bottle of wine with a loved one. In fact, Sacramento exudes a romantic atmosphere with its warm crimson, maroon and chocolate décor, flickering candlelit and noble history.
The building used to be a palace, and the foundations date back to the 18th century. The bare brick arches supporting the ceiling have been preserved and lend the interior a gracious and dignified character. Adding contrast are some striking contemporary flourishes such as the modern artworks decorating the walls, as well some funky light fixtures. And Sacramento’s urbane credentials extend to the bar’s featured tipple, Piper-Heidsieck champagne.