Lisbon

Best Bars in

Lisbon
There's more to Portugal than Port. Away from the occasionally charmless South, Lisbon is stacked with great bars and clubs that seriously threaten to turn you into a fish. Then again, nothing really happens until after eleven and this is when the maze of the wonderfully old Biarro Alto springs into life.

Bars in Lisbon: Portugal’s coastal capital

When it comes to nightlife, Lisbon offers everything from a quick drink at a small kiosk to sophisticated cocktails in subterranean bars. The Bairro Alto District is considered the spot to be for jumping nightlife with a huge number of bars, cafés and restaurants packed into a fairly small neighbourhood. But, don’t let the overwhelming choice stop you from heading down to the coast and the Cais do Sodré area for some sea-view wining, dining and dancing. If you want to go off the tourist trail, you can also find a few trendy up-and-coming areas a little away from the centre with some great nightlife such as Campo de Ourique, which has a similar vibe to the Meatpacking District in New York.

If you want a bird’s-eye view of the city, head to The Insólito (“The Unusual” in Portuguese) at the top of Bairro Alto and enjoy a cocktail or two. There are plenty of bars offering river views, but perhaps the most striking is the Vestigius– a converted warehouse in the fashionable Cais do Sodré area. If it’s traditional folk music and local cuisine you’re after, you should visit a Fado bar, like the popular Clube de Fado over on the R. de São João da Praça. For a real taste of Old Lisbon, step into the Lagar Do Cais to sip cocktails under the amazing vaulted ceiling. No visit to Lisbon would be complete without a stop at one of the vintage quiosques de refresco, where you can grab a soft drink, a glass of wine, a beer or cider. You’ll find these kiosks everywhere, but the one in Praça Luis de Camões is especially good. They’re a great way to really immerse yourself in this scenic city and its culture.

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