Lisbon's Best Dance Clubs: The Sound of Nightlife in the City

Dance clubs in Lisbon provide the city with an eclectic choice of nightlife and a thumping soundtrack of assorted musical styles. Arguably the most celebrated dance club in the Portuguese capital is LuxFrágil, located near the river in Santa Apolónia. Set over three floors, the venue caters for hedonists and socialites and there’s a top-floor terrace to chill out on. Up in Bairro Alto is Incognito, a fixture on Lisbon’s club scene since the late 1980s. Titanic Sur Mer, located near Cais do Sodré, provides a fun night out on the waterfront and is always busy. At K Urban Beach on Lisbon’s dock front the DJs mix a mellow sound with electric pop and a dash of hip-hop. Radio-Hotel, located in the Alcântara neighbourhood, works as a nightclub, social club and live music venue. Back over at Cais do Sodré, Music Box works brilliantly as a live music venue and a respected dance club. B.Leza, also situated on the docks near Cais do Sodré, hosts live African and Brazilian music where you can move to some of the hottest rhythms in town. Back near Alcântara on the waterfront is an old favourite, Dock’s Club, celebrated for its “Ladies Night”. For something a little more edgy, try Europa. The music’s louder, more urgent and continues way past dawn. And Ministerium, on Praça do Comércio, occupies the former offices of a government ministry and is set under an 18th-century vaulted ceiling. 




So named because it occupies a space in a building formerly used by the Ministry of Finance, this dance club is also makes use of some pretty nifty 18th-century architecture, not least a beautiful vaulted ceiling that lends it a classical...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


Edgy and retro, with an ever-so-slightly underworld feel to it, Europa doesn't stand much on ceremony. But this modest-sized music bar is big on drum n' bass and brilliant mixing " on most occasions two DJs work a pair of turntables, and the...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara


Sited in a former warehouse on the waterfront near Lisbon's Alcantara district, this is a favourite venue with the city's mainstream youth. The club frequently hosts whacky themed nights presided over by savvy DJs. The soundtrack is what you'd...  Read More

Avenida 24 De Julho


This top-notch African music club is the place to listen and dance to artists from Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique and other countries on the African continent. The club also hosts singers and musicians from Brazil. Together they offer an...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


This highly regarded live music venue champions the alternative music scene and regularly hosts up-and-coming local bands as well as more established World Music acts and visiting DJs. True to form, the club tends not to advertise itself and the...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara


A nightclub, social club and live music venue, Radio Hotel appeals across a wide age range and various musical tastes. Sited in Lisbon's Alcântara district almost under the city's eye-catching suspension bridge, the club's soundtrack is for the...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara


Draped over a Lisbon quayside like a reclining model, Urban Beach is the quintessential cool hangout, a sophisticated nightspot that is a regular backdrop for fashion parties and VIP celebrations. That said, Urban's friendly staff always...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


This appealing waterfront bar regales clubbers with an eclectic choice of music, depending on what night you breeze in. For lovers of electronic, the bar works with a decent set list of local DJs who spin to please, but the thumping soundtrack...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real


A favourite on the Lisbon club scene for over 25 years, 1988 " no mean feat in the fickle world of music and fashion " Incgnito wears its indie badge with pride and delivers a seething mix of alternative rock and '80s synthpop to a seasoned...  Read More

Santa Apolonia


Still pulling the in crowds well after a decade, Lux remains one of Lisbon's premier nightspots. The door policy can be a bit choosy, and it's best to arrive looking sharp. Better still if you're arm-in-arm with a local. But it's worth dressing...  Read More


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