Neighborhoods for nightlife, Lisbon
The Santo Amaro Docks is a part of the former industrial docks by the Tejo river that has now been torned in to an upscale cafe/restaurant area that is in particular lively during the evening hours and it´s a really nice place to go if you want to hang out with friends for an evening, starting with a good dinner and then moving on to some drinks without having to drive to new places as the Santo Amaro Docks has both really good eating and drinking places.
On my way back from Belem to Lisbon I decided to take a break near the impressive Ponte 25 de Abril. Here I discovered the Doca de Santo Amaro; which is a strip full of all sorts of pubs and restaurants.
Unfortunately, all places are a bit pricey, but the location is just unbeatable as it offers splendid views of the Ponte 25 de Abril and the Cristo Rei Statue on the southern bank of the Tejo.
I headed to the "Celtas & Iberos" an Irish pub and restaurant with local and Irish specialties. Like all places here it has a large wooden outdoor seating area.
I had the "Bife a Portuguesa", a beefsteak fried in olive oil, garlic and laurel with round french fries, smoked ham and fried egg. I washed it down with a few Pints of beer. Their website gives you a very good idea of the location and its views.
The Celtas & Iberos Irish Pub is located at the Doca de Santo Amaro Marina, which is situated just unter the Ponte 25 de Abril. Take tram #15 and get off near the bridge. Another option is to take a suburban train from Cais Sodre to Alcantara Mar. The Doca de Santo Amaro is well signposted from there.
The Docas (docks) are located in Alcântara, underneath the 25 de Abril bridge.
There are many restaurants and bars literally on the docks of the Rio Tejo. There are tables outside to dine and drink at, or you can join the chaos inside the crazy clubs.
Despite being one of the loveliest parts of town with an incredible view, I don't like the Docas so much because it tends to draw in more foreigners than locals. While seated at a table outside, I observed all the passerbyers and maybe 80% of them appeared as tourists.....and maybe a quarter of the women that I saw had fake breasts.
There's just this aura of money and superficiality that I sense from the Docas.
Dress Code: Dress here is definitely more upscale than in Bairro Alto (another reason why I don't like going here). People here tend to dress to impress, whereas I wear a burlap sack.
Bairro Alto is a picturesque working class quarter dating from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city's bohemian haunt of artists and writers. Its grid of streets is quiet during the day, but is transformed at night into the city's vibrant nightlife quarter. I came here on a Saturday night at about 10pm to find many small bars devoid of anybody in them. There doesn't seem to be any large bars and it looks like things don't kick off till quite late so I gave up and had a beer in a street cafe in the Rossio.
What can i tell you about this place … it is just original, amazing, and different...
Well, when my Spanish friends invited me to go there (2004), I didn’t know what I would find there.
In this place you can find all kind of people and from different nationalities. It is located in Alfama district not far from the Castle.
There is placed the restaurant Restô do Chapitô with a nice bar. It has an astounding view over the town of Lisbon and it offers international meals and a great atmosphere. You will find there several activities such dancing, singing and others.
The NetJAZZcafe is placed there too, where you can access to Internet, enjoy Jazz, cinema, classic music and others things.
When I was there I had the famous Ginginha, a kind of cherry’s liqueur. Very nice :-)
In Costa do Castelo area, not far from the castle, there are many interesting bars and restaurants to spend your night at. The first one, and probably the best known one, is Chapitô. Chapitô is a foundation created to form new artists of circus and promote this art. The place has a nice but expensive restaurant and a interesting open air bar where you can stop to have a drink. The strong points of this place is the brilliant views over the city and the shows they do while you are sipping your drink.
Just a few meters away, bar das imagens, is another great place to stop by and have a drink while contemplating another great view over the city. Next to it a small marrocan bar (Caxin-bar) is a nice place to sip a tea of the several varieties they have available. On the other side of the summer in a terrace works every summer the bar "O Terraço" a very nice place with a magnificent view over the city and a carefully chosen decoration.
If you continue up in rua costa do castelo, some meters ahead you'll find Teatro Taborda. With a nice restaurant serving vegetarian food and fish and also a great view over the city (closes monday).
If you go down to baixa in rua da madalena you will find Bora bora bar. Although I have never been inside this one (only in the one in Almirante Reis) I like the place. The bars are small and have great cocktails served in funky cups. Some years ago it was fashion to come here today less but it is still an interesting place to go that seem stuck in the 70's.
A lit bit down the street Bruxa Bar and Penta Brasil Bar are nice place to feel the rythms of Brazil sometimes with live music. República das Bananas is another bar and has frequently several styles of live music.
Dress Code: These places are very relaxed... Avoid sneakers if you're not going to an esplanade.
Lisbon has many spots!
You can start your nightlife in Bairro Alto in a bar or 'tasca'. Then, if you would like to go to a club or a disco you can go to Lux.
You have to pay 12€ to entry.
Also near the Tagus river there is Musicais, located in Jardim do Tabaco, it also has live music untill 2am, then the place becomes a disco. Open until 5am (i guess)
In Santos there are the famous "Capelinhas", a distric with a lots of bars and pubs, check out this ones:
Estado Líquido (house and chill out music)
Refúgio das Freiras with the best toasts in your life!
Merendeira a place where u can eat, open until 6am, where people after discos go to eat a soup (Caldo Verde) and a typical portuguese bread, DELICIOUS!!!!
Dress Code: Dress code: Dress fashionable, in some places they dont let u wear sneakers....
Situated on the higher part of Lisboa.. It has become known for it's alternative scene (tatou & piercing shops, nice clothes shops and resto's, pubs, fadobars...). Don't come before 11 at night here, there won't be much to see ;-) Best time to come and party? Hmmm, every day will do ;-)
it's a brazilizan bar which make very nice caipirinhas! the guys working there are very friendy (and not only....)It's a non-smoking bar. we have met many people there and we still have contact with them...!
It's kind of bohemic district of Lisbon.. It's totally empty in day time, but very noisy at night time (an action begins at about 23.00 - 24.00). 1,000,000s of bars for each taste!!! 1,000,000s of different people.. You can even see guys rapping Eminems "8 mile" style.. ;)))
The street and some of its side streets is full of people at night time at weekends. The street is full of small restaurants; different styles and themes. Summertime they keep their doors open, and people are standing outside watching others pass by and enjoying a drink. It is allowed to take your drink outside, at least in those places we visited. This is not a self evident issue in every country.
Outside is nice and cool at summertime and the music is not too loud. But if you wanna dance and hear louder music, go inside.
People mix to each other in a nice way and soon you don't know who is in which restaurant. Lots of people are walking, perhaps with a drink.
Dress Code: No dress code; dress the way you like.
Cidade Alta is probably one of the most interesting neightbourhoods at night.
Full of little restaurants and pubs, as well as fashion music and clothes shops. It reminded me the Gothic neightbourhood of Barcelona.
There are many little restaurants, some of them no bigger than my livinroom, were you can eat really good portugeese cuisine and good wines. 30-60€ per person. Maybe a little bit expensive, but we live only once, do we?
It´s not extrange to see people drinking out in the streets, because it´s really hot inside the bars. It gives a good enviroment to the street.
There is also an important gay movement in Cidade Alta.
Dress Code: It´s up to you!!
You must spend some time in the Bairro Alto area at nighttime. Whether it be for eating, drinking, people watching, or listening to fado, Bairro Alto will certainly entertain you until the wee hours of the night. Commonly, people will still be drinking here until 4 or 5, when the bars shut down.
It is traditional to order a drink in a bar and then take it out onto the streets where everyone conjugates. You might find it a little strange at first, but that it what makes this area so unique.
There are bars for every type of musical preference...you can find some with salsa music and dancing, others with DJs spinning, etc.
I have so many pretty interesting, artistic photos of Bairro Alto at night. It's the perfect place to take a variety of night/street life shots.
If you only have one night to experience the nightlife in Lisbon, make sure and spend it here!
Dress Code: casual.. heck you can get away with wearing the craziest of things here.
Speakeasy is a cool jazz and blues club near the river. I highly recommend this place if you want to see some good live music. Although I was tortured and harassed by a "Hen Party" of drunken Scottish women, it still was a good time and reasonably priced.
Dress Code: Casual....I was in jeans and a t-shirt
Many of the best bars and restaurants are in the Bairoo Alto. We visited numerous of these bars during the course of our visit - like everyting in lisbon they were excellent value. The place I remember most is Tertulia, a Jazz bar on Rua Diario de Noticias.