Star Bars: Lisbon's favourite pubs and nighttime entertainment hangouts.

Nightlife in Lisbon extends to a host of excellent bars that help make the Portuguese capital one of the great party cities of Europe. Bookworms and drinkers can combine their passion at Menina e Moça in Cais do Sodré, one of Lisbon’s most unusual bars. Meanwhile, sports fans can kick of their evening at The Couch Coach Sports Bar, the city's only nightlife venue dedicated to screening national and international sporting events. Few late night venues can offer you a shave or a beard trim while drinking a G&T but that's exactly what they advertise at quirky O Purista Barbière. After dark the barbers give way to DJs, and the evening proper kicks in. Up in Graça district is Damas, a hip little joint where you can eat, drink and then boogie the night away.

In Bairro Alto, live music entertainment also enriches Alface Hall, where customers can listen to jazz and blues over beers and long drinks. Up the road is Pensão Amor, replete in crimson velvet and a naughty but nice theme. Not far away are three of the bairro’s most celebrated nightspots: Clube da Esquina where the DJ’s mellow soundtrack never drowns out the conversation; Maria Caxuxa with its ever-changing themed decor and cute bar staff; and Portas Largas with its live Brazilian music and famous caipirinha cocktails. And back down in Cais do Sodré the quirky Sol e Pesca, a former fishing tackle shop, remains one of the city’s coolest bar addresses. 



Bairro Alto/Principe Real


Everybody knows Portas Largas – the "Large Doors". This is one of Bairro Alto's most celebrated bars, a magnet for a predominantly young, gay-friendly crowd from all over the world. Its origins as a fado house are still apparent, with an...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


Anglers used to frequent this place when it sold fishing tackle and equipment. So how did a fishermen's hardware store turn itself into one of Lisbon's hippest bar-cafes. Owner Henrique Vaz Pato saw an opportunity to refurbish a long-abandoned...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real


The giant film posters pasted across the walls of this lively and popular bar illustrate the owners' penchant for Hollywood B movies with a femme fatale theme, pulp popcorn classics like 'Girls on the Loose' and 'Attack of the 50ft Woman'. But...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real


A favourite Bairro Alto hangout, this friendly and inexpensive bar is known for its cocktails – caipirinhas, mojitos and their famous morangoska, among many other concoctions. The crowd is mixed, mellow and totally laid back, chilled no doubt...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


An established venue on Lisbon's nightlife circuit, Pensao Amor is located in an old boarding house near Cais do Sodre; (the name translates as "Love House"). It's aptly themed around an upscale, 19th-century burlesque club, complete with...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real


One of the city's cosiest jazz bars and cafes, the wonderfully named Alface Hall (in English alface means "lettuce") is part of the Alface Hostel, an inexpensive place to stay set right in the heart of Bairro Alto. The bar resembles an old...  Read More



A popular and informal restaurant, this late-night hang out is also a funky bar and live music-DJ venue. Concerts are regularly staged in a salon next door to the bar, mainly at weekends but also on other days. Otherwise, Damas welcomes the...  Read More



By day an old-fashioned styled barber's shop replete with antique barber's chairs and gilt-framed mirrors, by night, one of the most interesting and surprising bars in Lisbon. Dual-purpose Purista attracts with its mismatched second-hand...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


The Couch Coach Sports Bar is currently the only venue in Lisbon dedicated to screening sport. Boasting 33 TVs and two huge LED video walls, the state-of-the-art screens between them offer 3,000 international channels that show football, rugby,...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


A bookshop and bar under the same roof, this is one of Lisbon's more unusual drinking holes. Anyone can drop by, but those with an interest in literature will be pleasantly surprised by the array of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and picture...  Read More


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