Dancing and nightclubs, Lisbon
If you wish to visit Lisbon's famous open-till-sunrise nightclubs, head to Lux, a fantastic club with multiple floors in a former museum with a panoramic view of the Tagus River. If you have time for only one place, go there.
Fluid is a really cool bar, in Santos, which is an area with loads of bars and lots of people in the streets.
the only problem with it's the size. It's a really small palce, always packed, cause the music is good, there's always a dj giving out the ambient! but if you go during week nights you might get the cnahce to seat down and check the cool decoration, kind of 50's.
Don't forget to drink vodka with fresh-apple juice.
Dress Code: whatever.
Kubo is a wonderful place to go. Open only in summer (closes at the end of Setember) in the area of Santos (between downtown and Belém district) it is an open esplanade over the river with confortable white beds, nice decoration and good music. It normally opens in the end of the afternoon and closes at 4AM. They also serve light meals. Don't forget to bring something warm because at night it can be a bit colder.
Dress Code: They select people that enter after 23h. Normally tourists don't have a problem entering.
Lisbon's trendiest club is Lux. One of the owners is American actor John Malkovich, so it is rather famous and a little hard to get into. It has been ranked Europe's top club, so consider yourself lucky if you can get in. My advice is to try to get in before 2:30AM when the place is still empty. Yes, the crowds only show up past 3:30 or 4AM (when everything in Bairro Alto closes) and it stays open until past 8AM.
If for some reason they don't like your looks, they won't tell you you can't get in, but will ask you for an insane amount of money. I once saw them tell a group of guys it's 180 euros to get in! But don't worry, it's only 12! When you pay those 12 euros you can then get 12 euros worth of drinks at the bars. There are 2 dance floors (the one downtairs gets a crazier crowd), and a chill-out/loungy terrace with great views of Lisbon, the river, the flood-lit dome of the National Pantheon... Have a drink and relax as the sun rises over the ocean-like Tagus River.
The decor is stylish retro cool with funky design furniture and the music is mostly electronica/house.
I went there several times and sometimes it was spectacular, other times just OK. It depends on the DJ or event that night. But overall, I'd strongly recommend it.
Dress Code: They let in plain looking people, but those are the ones who know the doormen! As a first time visitor, you increase your chances of getting in if you appear stylish/trendy.
This is one of the best clubs in Lisbon. It's a large and very beautiful place with 2 dance floors, one of them is small but the other is huge with very tall statues on both walls. It has been a cult for decades for ravers and people who like to have fun "by any means". There are two kinds of people inside, the ones who really know how to party and the ones who want trouble. You really just have to be careful when you exit this club at closing time. Most people that go there to have fun are very open minded and you shouldn't go there if you don't like being in a heavy party ambience.
This club closes at 7 during the week and at 8 on weekends. You can pay almost anything to get in but if you go there early (1 o'clock) you might not even pay anything.
Dress Code: Smart casual nightlife dressing.
This is the most new yorker kinda of club in Lisbon! It's also quite fashion with people usually under 30 wearing mostly city fashion. You can get in without wearing a suit or shiny shoes... it's the place most people go to after spening some hours at Bairro Alto.
The sounds is usually house, but deeper in the night, an underground floor opens for some harder music!
The club is large, with a roof where you can get some fresh air and look at the river! The doorman is a bit random.. sometimes he allows you to get in, sometimes he doesn't. But I think large groups are more easily denied... or a group of 3-4 guys.
I already get in alone once.
Dress Code: Standard city fashion or your fashionable jeans.
This nightclub is one of my favourites in Lisbon it's located in a cavernous, industrial-looking building near the Tagus and it's larger than any of its nearby competitors. The sophisticated sound system floods the enormous dance floor with late-breaking music. Most of the crowd is male and under 35. The ambience is awesome and the decoration outstanding. It's open Monday through Saturday from 11pm till 6am.
Dress Code: In this club you need to be well dressed to enter.
It's one of Lisbon hot spot's of the moment...
Good ambiance, good music, really cool!!
Kind of music: Jazz, Ambient, House, Dance Music. Sometimes, at weekends it has live music performances.
It has a restaurant too!
Dress Code: It has not a strict dress code, casual it's ok, but a "chic" casual is more like it...!
A very causal place where you can listen to cuban music and other latin music.
It is really cool and you can dance all night, even on the tables.
Good to late dinner too!
(Note: It's expensive... in a portuguese level)
Dress Code: Urban casual stile...
in the past was a monastery for the benedictine monks.today it is a place that you can enjoy live music,excellent dj`s,special lighting effects,excellent buffets for snacks,desserts and drinks.totally secured with two floors,with the second overlloking the ground floor through large windows covered half by thick see through glass.you can dance,listen to music,eat light,drink,enjoy walking around,meet people,breath fresh air(yes the climatic or aircondition works unlike other places) and be provided at the end with taxi immediatelly.a night to remember!
Dress Code: the dress code is elegant.they informed us upfront that there is no casual dress.everyone must look like a prince or princess!!!!the service is for prince and princess also!!
Partly owned by Hollywood actor John Malkovich, this is Lisbon's hippest club and one of Europe's most fashionable, having attracted visiting stars like Cameron Diaz and Prince. It couldn't be a more stylish, with a spacious interior decorated with funky and retro furniture. Top DJs spin cutting-edge music downstairs in a frenzied dance floor, while the top floor has a more relaxed vibe with an alternative soundtrack. A balcony running around the building overlooks the river, while a breezy rooftop terrace is a great place to watch the sun rise early in the morning. This is THE place to spend the night in Lisbon.
In the heart of Lisbon you can find this medieval themed tavern.
Once you enter the door, there is no "outside world" anymore! The music takes you back to Ireland, the clothes are all from some medieval movie and everything in there is well decoretared.
Ask for your beer on a horn! You'll feel like a king celebrating your victories!
The place can be packed sometimes, but it's really worth the visit!
The last spot of 80's music. Billy Idol and others. You can have parties all week, each day they have a theme.
Harleys are a passion...
Wednesday - Free Drinks
Thirsday - buy 1 take 2 Corona
Well don't drive after.... Please!
Dress Code: Dressed.
Two floors with diferent characteristics. On the first floor you can dance, or you can just seat and have a nice time talking with your friends. It has a terrace where you can 'relax' whatching Tagus River :). On the other floor you can dance ....
Tea hall, Coffee-shop, Lounge-bar
Dress Code: whatever you want ...
Cascais is a lovely fishing village not far from Lisbon. Many Lisboetas go there for weekends. Coconuts back in 1997 was managed by a Californian as far as I remember - it was the most stylish and dynamic discos on the coast... Amazing Ladies nights on Wednesdays... the most charming and sexy staff... friendly and safe... I plan to go there again in 2005! :)))