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.

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 meanwhile is Damas, a hip little joint where you can eat, drink and then boogie the night away. Elsewhere, a favourite gig is Café Tati in Cais do Sodré, by day a chic eatery that morphs into a cozy and informal music hangout as night falls.

 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 two of the bairro’s most celebrated nightspots, Clube da Esquina where the DJ’s mellow soundtrack never drowns out the conversation, and the celebrated Portas Largas with its live Brazilian music and famous caipirinha cocktails. Bairro Alto is also home to Maria Caxuxa with its ever-changing themed decor and cute bar staff.

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. 



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'. This...  Read More

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

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

Cais do Sodré/Santos

By day a wonderfully shabby-chic decorated bistro serving up wholesome brunch, lunch and by nightfall dinner, Café Tati changes complexion after dark to become a lively bar that regularly features live music, mostly jazz but at other times...  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


Meet Paul Bernhardt

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