Live music, Lisbon
Night in Lisbon concentrates mainly in two areas: Bairro Alto and Docas. This area by the river, is the easier to access, and safer (it it is possible to assure that in any city, by the end of the night).
Night that, on weekends, most of local youth extends to the morning, when the hot bread by a awaking river is a temptation.
This was the area for the 5th Euromeeting dinner, in May 2011 - a good choice
Usually when I visit a Hard Rock Café it is for a quick beer and a burger. Well I did get those here during my first night in Lisbon, discovered that the club also hosts good live acts, so I came again during my second night in Lisbon. The band was actually pretty good and the room was large enough that I did not feel crushed. The live acts that perform here come from all over the globe however when I recently checked the website for some examples of bands coming through here, I could not find one name I recognized.
Incidentally the cheese burger was pretty good. The service was quite enthusiastic. Beers were not overly expensive considering the venue.
Dress Code: Casual
I stumbled upon this place with a friend. It's a store/bar with a cool look and there was live music, owners seemed friendly enough and so did musicians, who played ok, just some guys playing some music.
But it's not a very comfortable place to hang out at for very long. When the bill came it became clear to me that the idea is to get folks in to have an incredibly super overpriced drink then leave. The coffee here was more than 4 times as expensive as in other cafes. The friend who was with me ordered a soda that was handed to him in a can but the price was almost as much as a main dish in a local restaurant. I live in Lisbon so I almost fell backwards.
If you're in the neighborhood I recommend taking a quick look inside but leaving just as quickly seems like an even better idea. It's a total, absolute, complete rip off.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
In 2007, on its 99th year, a former factory complex of weapons during Portugal's long dictatorship located very close to the docks along the avenue to the Expo area, was transformed into a hub of alternative culture offering a wide array of events.
Several rooms are now venues for various concerts, from jazz to electronic to world music, dance shows, and what have you. The are exhibition spaces featuring postmodern types of expression (or to some, just plain weird stuff). There is a roomful of books on philosophy, a cinema for art films or documentaries, a restaurant where live piano music is played from time to time, various bars, resident artists showing their wares. Workshops ranging from permaculture to meditation, and from classes in tango to creative writing are just a few of what they offer. Various concerts and events are held simultaneously every night -- you can easily hop from one to another and switch venues anytime.
Just as an example of that they have, on the night that we went, there was a concert featuring a duo and songs from the 40s and 50s held in the library, world music shows later, and as we were leaving, there were DJs and alternative bands just starting. We also watched an australian artist during one of her sessions drawing dance movements on paper as the dancers were performing in front of her. There were exhibitions on witches and ghouls, and another on mutilation of cute, cartoon characters (not to my taste, really). All this while on the patio outside were tables and a bar and sardines on the grill. The place can be as relaxing or as exhilarating as your mood prefers.
There is a 5-euro entrance which allows access to all the rooms and the activities. Quite an interesting place, with such various offerings, it has something for everybody. The place really comes alive close to midnight, when the entire complex becomes a hub of energy and dynamism. The place surely gives Bairro Alto a run for its money.
There is amplex parking space inside the complex, and for those coming by public transport, it is very close to the bus stop. Several buses pass here from various points of Lisbon (stop is called Fabrica Braço de Prata). These are bus numbers 718, 755, and 782.
Dress Code: As you wish
If you like Jazz music this is the place to go in Lisbon. For me the best Jazz club in Lisbon.
It's located in a smoky basement and It has a great and relaxed atmosphere. Some of the best portuguese jazz musicians play here. It also has a very good jazz school.
There's two sessions each night (11:00 p.m and 00:30 a.m.) but arrive early if you want to get a table. The club has very few tables and it's always crowded.
The site has the club month program
Dress Code: Very casual and relaxed (jeans and sneakers are ok)
Came in here for my first port of call in Lisbon, when I was tired and just wanted to speak English and get food I knew - leave the native stuff for the rest of the holiday :) Had some fantastic white wine there and dinner. Very reasonable prices.
Dress Code: Casual
We went to eat at this place three times,but to have a beer,we went allmost every night.If I remember right it was tuesdays and weekends,when they had live music.One man with a guitar playing music from 80´s.From Eric Clapton to Bon Jovi and David Lee Roth and so on.Music from our youth.We liked it.You should visit at daytime first,and take the brochure of program.It might have changed.
And you can eat here too!We had best food in Lisbon in here.
Dress Code: I don´t think there was a dresscode.
Maxime had been for ages a cabaret, and now re-opened by one of Portugal's more controversial music artist.
Maxime has a long story has a cabaret, now it's just a bar with live music but they kept it's original trace. It's amazing!!! I was truly surprised when i went there for the first time some weeks ago. The decoration is really beautiful in a cabaret style. It's really worth to check it out, and they usually have some interesting stuff happening there - most of the nights it's live music and more frequently alternative portuguese bands.
Unfortunately they don't have a website.
Dress Code: Be yourself.
Nice sort of contemporary bar located upstairs in the Mercado da Ribeira.
They have live music from 11pm to 2am. You can also stop there in the afternoon when it's much quieter for a beer or bica.
Open from 11am to 2am. Sunday 11am to 7pm. Closed Mondays.
Dress Code: Don't believe it's a big deal.
In a dark and small basement you will find the oldest jazz club in Portugal, open since 1948.
Double sessions everyday at 23h00 and 00h30 have brought some of the most renouned jazz artists to Lisbon, both foreign and national.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you will find the big concerts, while on Tuesdays and Wednsdays, they have open jam sessions.
Dress Code: No dress code.
- Live intercultural music
- Possibility of intercultural exchanges
- Vast variety of cultures: Local, Cape-Verdian, Brasilian, Venezuelan, Spanish, French, German, Chilean, Japanese, etc...
- No privacy, just group life
- Nasty behaviours, smoking, drinking, but it depends on the hour, if you go at the afternoon, it's full of children and dogs, playing with each other.
Dress Code: Informal & Ethnic
The Lisbon walls are full with posters announcing concerts all over the year.In June I was lucky to participate to Rock in Rio. It was great. I couldn`t miss the oportunity to listen Sting in live concert. But the most remarcable surprise ,for me, was Mariza and her audience.Extraordinary! Young and old peoples singing everybody like one voice. Great Portuquese spirit.
Dress Code: Something warm
Before my trip to Lisbon I`ve searched a lot about best places to listen fado.The most tips were "Warning "or "tourist trap" tips.Wandering in Alfama we`ve found a tavern where locals were the majority in the audience.Nice atmosphere ,good fado sung with passion and “saudade” by the owner ,some young and by all customers.Except us!In that night we were the only tourist there and this gives us the feeling of”beeing home
Dress Code: Casual
Just before EURO 2004 a big music concert will take place in Lisbon, with several stages at same time with several styles of music and much more ...
It will happen in the 29 th and 30 th of May and 4 th, 5 th and 6th of June.
Some of the artists that will be here are:
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
Guns n' Roses
Charlie Brown Jr. Xutos & Pontapés
Manu Dibango & Ray Lema
Joyce & Quarteto
Trio Curupira & Hamilton de Holanda
To Ricciardi (Portugal)
Angel Molina (Espanha)
Adam Freeland (Reino Unido)
DJ Carl Cox
Felix da Cat (Portugal)
At these time it's one of the spots that we go several ocasions.
These place have two hot moments every night: dinner time and bar time :):):)
The dinner time, have a very calm enviromment with very nice music (not live music), the food is tastefull and the service is very good. If your grandmama wants to go, bring her, is very smooth. You have
Between eleven p.m. and midnight, BAR TIME, the people start to come in, to stay with friends or continuing the dinner with liquids :):):)
Every night you can watch good bands.
Dress Code: Dress well, not too well, but well.
There're a lots of pretty people out there :):):)