Converted from an early 20th-century pharmacy but retaining most of the original décor, this is one of Lisbon's most alluring and attractive wine bars. The owners have carefully preserved the vintage... Read More
Converted from an early 20th-century pharmacy but retaining most of the original décor, 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 glass-fronted cabinets lining the walls to stock an array of different wines, the bottles standing where ceramic jars of ointments, lotions and assorted potions would have been displayed. Lighting has been designed to fade in and out in waves of sapphire blue, peppermint green and strawberry red. Most of Portugal's wine regions are represented, with the Alentejo and the Douro Valley particularly highlighted: try the Quinta do Passadouro Reserva 2007, a noble red with a heady 14.5% alcohol content. If the evening is hot and dry, the light, fresh Dona Paterna Colheita Alvarinho 2010 vinho verde will do the trick. Wine consultant Sérgio Antunes designed the list, and the inn's resident sommelier is on hand to assist guests bewildered by the choice. Bar owners André and Jorge ably maintain the tradition of Portuguese hospitality. The optional charcuterie board â" cured hams, spicy sausage and sharp cheeses â" works wonders and the medley of flavours is extraordinary.