May 11, 2018
Stop reading if you’ve heard this one before: man buys bodega, turns it into a shop selling antiques and other assorted oddities, but then unexpectedly, the space slowly evolves into a bar, which goes on to become one of the most famous in the city. You haven’t heard that one before? Well, that’s probably because Lisbon’s Pavilhão Chines is truly a one-of-a-kind bar, and an absolute must stop when in the city. Walking into Pavilhão Chines – which translates to Chinese Pavilion – feels like being transported to another time and place, and most of that feeling comes from the fact that walls are lined with curiosities who no doubt were made in another time and were certainly sourced from another place.
Everything under the sun resides in the dark wood cabinets and colorful walls that line the interior at Pavilhão Chines, from stately statues to fanciful cartoon figurines to military artifacts, maps, stained glass, and miniature airplanes hanging from the roof; everything you could possibly imagine is on display here. If the bar was simply just about its eclectic interior decorations, it will still be a must-see but the venerable red-vested staff at Pavilhão Chines is known for providing impeccable service and a thorough cocktail list that takes no shortcuts. An entire billiards room is also available for use, and while the bar does no advertising, it is filled with tourists and locals alike nearly every night.
Photo credit: http://www.barpavilhaochines.blogspot.com