O'Neill's Irish Pub: Great place to meet friends
I don’t usually make a point of going to Irish pubs when abroad, preferring to look for somewhere more authentic to the country I’m visiting (football trips being an honourable exception to this self-imposed rule). But as the pre-meet for the big VT meeting was being held here, of course I had to go, and was very glad that I did. Inside you will find all the trappings of an Irish pub anywhere in the world – dark wood, shamrocks, mirrors with harps on them etc. But sit outside in the lovely square and you will know that you aren’t in Ireland. The typical Portuguese black and white mosaic pavement undulates in front of you, mimicking the sea beyond, and the blue and white azulejos that decorate the neighbouring town hall shout “Portugal” even more loudly. The hot day gradually cooled into a balmy evening, and more and more VTers, old friends and new about-to-be friends, arrived to join us. Some of us drifted away to eat, and drifted back again, drawn by the laughter, the lively conversation, the joy of seeing each other, and (it has to be said) the drinks.
So to the drinks ... I enjoyed several glasses of the Portuguese Super Bock, and later treated myself to a very good caipirinha. Others in the group had different beers, white wine, shots, and probably more besides. In other words, you can expect just the sort of wide selection that any pub should offer.
Dress Code: This is a casual place and pretty much anything goes – no need to dress up (unless you want to!)
O'Neill's: Music and chat
I did not see any clubs here but I must admit I was not looking for any. This lively Irish bar is in the centre of town and serves reasonable priced food. Music is also on the agenda. The drink prices seemed a little higher here but the atmosphere made up for the cost of a pint.
Dress Code: Casual dress is fine.
O'Neils Irish Bar: Good Craic
O'Neils Irish Bar is a good place to meet friends or to call in for a drink after walking around in the sun. Service is good but seems a little unorganised behind scenes especialy during the day. I prefered to pay for my drinks as i got them instead of running up a tab, (at night you have to pay for them when you order them) thereby making it easier for the staff when they try to remember what people on certain tables had had.
The decor is typical 'Irish pub' style and although not a large pub there was certainly plenty of room to dance to the Live Music on a Friday and Saturday nights.
We spent quite a bit of time both inside and outside of this pub.
It's €4 for a pint of Carlsberg or Super Bock,
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LATE NIGHT BAR CRAWLS - SWIMMING OPTIONAL
Cascais is a fabulous place to go bar hopping all night long. And I mean ALL night. The place to start is in front of the Câmara Municipal or Town Hall. It’s a small plaza just across the road (Avenida Dom Carlos I) from the central beach area called Praia da Ribeira. O’Neils Pub is here and many other pubs and bar extend around to the right as you have your back to the ocean. Sample, but look left now and you will see some clubs open late. Some even seem to go past their stated closing time of 4am. You have the ability to eat and drink without having to cross the busy main road. Except for optional swimming in the ocean to cool down later. None seem to have a charge to get in, so at least you don’t have that cost. Most of the bars and clubs have enough English visitors that they thankfully have beer in pints. This saves you a bit of money and keeps you happy the rest of the night. Live music can even be found on the weekends.
If you are staying in Lisbon, you can get the train back until 2am in the morning (summer schedule). Otherwise you have the 6am train every day to get back on.
You need trousers to get into several of the late night venues. If you ask, there is one that will let you in with shorts - just one. For your swim in the ocean afterwards clothing is very optional.
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O'Neills: Chill or Boogie!
This Irish pub is located in Rua Afonso Sanches alongside the Hotel Bai'a at the Fisherman's Harbour.
This pub makes a great stopping point for any wander around Cascais and has a pleasant outdoor seating area.
It is also a sports bar and you will find a couple of TV screens inside showing the latest sports from Setanta.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, there is live music.
Closing time is 2:00am and this is strictly adhered to; there is no 'drinking up' time allowance in Portugal.
Dress Code: Casual, more or less anything goes.
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O'NEILL'S IRISH PUB: PUB IN THE MAIN SQUARE
A great location on the main town square "Praca 5 de Outubro" is O'NEILL'S IRISH PUB. The outdoor seating is a prime spot for people watching and enjoying a drink. A little pricey though for Portugal at 4 Euros for a glass of beer, the favourite being Super Bock and Guinness. You can have a bottle of Corona or Heineken for 3 Euros. You can order snack items, like a hamburger.
O'Neill's was the meeting spot for Wednesday's Pre-pre VT Meeting and for Thursday's Pre VT Meeting. Thursday, many showed up and a good time was had by all.
Open from noon to 2:00 a.m.
Dress Code: Casual
o´neils pub.: The vt headquaters.
O´neils pub in Cascais turned in to the main hangout for vt members during the big vt meet in 2009 and it was a fabulous choice.
It has a perfect location right on the square facing the ocean and the staff was always cheerful even if we were a very loud bunch.
I will never return to Cascais without paying a visit to good old o´neils.
Dress Code: Dress code!!!!!!
They allowed us in :O)
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Baluarte Bar: Party time!
After the dinner in Estoril on Saturday night, we all headed back to Cascais to party it up. The bar we had gone to the previous night didn't allow guys in if they weren't wearing pants and since a few were wearing shorts, we decided to find another place to party. Baluarte bar turned out to be even better than the previous night's bar - much bigger, less crowded, and way more fun! There is a lounge area for those who just want to sit around and talk, as well as a dance floor for us party animals who want to show off our dance moves. The music is mostly pop, hip-hop, and latino music. There is also karaoke on some nights.
Dress Code: Wear what you want - no one got turned away even though not everyone was dressed to the nines.
Baluarte Bar: Karaoke and disco
I visited this bar twice during my stay in Cascais, firstly on Saturday night, after the VT meal in Estoril, where we danced into the early hours to 80's music - lots of happy memories!
On the Sunday, Gillybob had organised a meal at Al Fresco, (the restaurant above this bar, with views over Cascais Bay) followed by Karaoke in Baluarte.
Personally, I'm not a fan of Karaoke, but I did enjoy listening to the brave VTers who got up to share their renditions of various popular songs.
There was also quite a crowd of Portuguese karaoke fans - even though I didn't understand the words, I also enjoyed listening to their singing too. For me, the hi light was a Portuguese woman who had a lovely emotive voice.
Baluarte is quite a pleasant bar, with a lounge area and small outside terrace off the pavement.
However, the drinks aren't cheap - I was charged 6 Euros for a can of Guinness, when the draught beer ran out. (Beer running out? - must be a VT meet!!)
Dress Code: Didn't appear to be a strict dress code - shorts were allowed, whereas we had been turned away from another place for this reason
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Happy Days Diner bar Cascais: Happy Daze at Happy hour at Happy Days Cascais
Cascais is a very beautiful place full of traditional restaurants and very quaint buildings and has an Amazing beach, its so beautiful. We arrived at Cascais by train from Lisbon it only took 35 mins and headed straight to the Baia hotel (very good service) to check in as we were staying there for 3 nights. we then had some local attempt at a light brunch. Before we hit the small but lush golden sanded casais beach for the afternoon. after the beach we went back to freshen up and then straight back out to adventure the rest of Cascais. as we came out of the baia we turned right and as before got lost though the square down one of the cobbled paths. there is a nice pub called the palm tree with pounding music and larger drinking Brits, we didn't drink there, we went across the lane to upstairs into a Portuguese's place, it was nice also has music but was very empty. we had one then decided to find some where to eat, we walked down towards barkleys back and the rounds about, not greatly amused by the samey samey choices of quiz en. though i wouldn't go as far as to say we were deflattlated or greatly unamused by the lack of choice, what happened next can only be described as profound.
As we stood in front of the barley's bank i saw what looked like large screens playing Johnny Cash Folson Blues, I'm a big Johnny Cash fan, we crossed over the round about and across the green to what took us by surprise was a 1950s American diner called Happy Days, As we approached Music played out side to the videos projected onto what are the two massive windows. as we walked in it was like we had gone back into the 50s it was really amazing. The menus offered pizzas, pastas, hot dogs, burgers, calamari, all day breakfast and loads more (let me just say by the end of our 3 day trip we had done that menu proud ) the food was brilliant, i had a burger, well i say burger it call the big boppers gut buster and had two lovely big burgers cheese, an egg, and onion rings and was about 15cms tall. it was delicious. Mel had a Chile hot dog, that wasn't too spicy but just right. We shared some curly fries with cheese, and loved it, Little did we know the best had not even come yet. The desserts were out of this world. Mel had the 6 euro milkshake which i thought aoriginally was a bit steep, but when they explained that it was all made from high quality ice cream and i gried it i happily shut right up, ive never had such a delicious milkshake. I had the cheese cake that was just how i like it, jam on the top, smooth in the middle with a fresh crunchy bass. we spent all night there and at eleven we were down stairs sipping cocktails and listening to a very good live band. Sunday we went there for breakfast before we explored though storil and sintra the neighbouring towns and cause more beach and swimming. (please note the water here is by far the coldest i have ever felt, its freezing and takes a big leap of faith to get in,) we didn't get back out in cascais till late and did head right back, by this time we were getting known by the staff and there all great very friendly and from what i could see all spoke English.
we eaut more great food, the beer battered onion rings are very nice and the nachos also very good. Monday was our last day and we returned again for a happy hour. We were sad to go, Karlo one of the owners and all the staff made us feel very welcome and at home. It was also happy hour on Mondays which was nice. but Alas we were leaving but they also did 1 for 4 cocktails ladies nights, karaoke and live music Friday and Saturdays. We really loved it. We will go and visit cascais again and for sure Happy Days diner bar. indeed very happy days. lol and at times a very happy daze
Dress Code: Casual Dress and bikers are very welcome lots of very friendly Harley riders go there.
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O'Neil's: VT Party Central!
O'Neil's is an Irish pub in Cascais, and it was one of the central meeting points for VTers at Euromeet. Most of the pre-meets were there, and during Euromeet, it was one of our party spots after the dinners.
There is live music, and dancing is allowed (great for me!). You can sit inside the pub or on the terrace outside.
Dress Code: Anything goes!
O'Neill's: home of the pre and post meets
Nobody can't mention Euromeet 2009 without mentioning O'Neill's. We had our pre and post meets here, at this pub located on the main square.
Look at the photos from the other attendees (I was mingling and didn't feel like taking pictures then) and see how much fun we all had.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
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BlueSwing: The Better Spots pt 1
BlueSwing is relatively new (summer of 2004) and it's one of the nicest places to go out to in Cascais, if you're not in the mood for discos and drunken fat men. There's live music just about every night, and a friendly bunch of people running it. It's very comfortable, you can choose to sit at the bar, or at little tables (both with high chairs) or on veeeery nice little red couch-booths and share a drink and a cigarette with your mates. Admission can be steep, sometimes €10 minimum consumption, but if you play your cards right with the bouncer, you might get in cheaper. I mean, you're paying for the atmosphere, and it's the kind of place you can spend all night in.
Dress Code: Dress however you like, formal, casual, it's all cool there.
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Beefeater: Nights out in cascais
we have been coming to portugal for holidays for about 15 years and we always end up going to the beefeater bar its up a flight of stairs in the main square (avenida viscon de luge - i think)
the bar is open till 2 am and has a variety of drinks and food, last time we where there they had just started selling guiness and magners cider
they have regular quiz nights, i think during off season only, but always fun
we have been at halloween and also at new year and theres always plenty of fun things happening
Dress Code: pretty much anything
Theres loads of bars in Cascais, and in summer it goes off til the early hours.
I met up with some friendly locals in Picolo bar then went into Estoril to Tamariz, a very trendy massive club open til 6am, which was a very good night out. Also the other club to go to nearer to Cascais is Coconuts, very popular. The are many other bars in town, english style bars incldue the chequers and John Bull.
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