Neighborhoods for nightlife, Lisbon
This photo shows Praca do Comercio at night. Lisbon felt very safe to me despite what I had read in some guidebooks. Just to be sure, it's always good to avoid walking alone at night, but don't let the lack of sunshine keep you indoors. The streets and monuments are well lighted in the touristy parts of town.
Our Friday night in Lisbon began by meeting a couple girls in our hostel and inviting them out for dinner (see restaurant tips), but we quickly realized that this would be a long night when, at around midnight, the streets of Bairro Alto starting filling up with people. If you go out at around ten o'clock you might think that Lisbon is a boring place, but just wait . . . things don't get started until late!
We had a couple drinks in here and had an interesting encounter with an American guy who was hitting on the Swiss girl in the picture. He kept checking her out from across the bar, but was hesitant to approach her because Pav and I were with the two girls. Finally, I heard him tell his buddy in a joking manner that he would go hit on her, but he was scared of us! After a few laughs, we invited him over and allowed him to make a complete fool of himself trying to pick up the Swiss girl. She had fun playing him like a game of checkers and we noted exactly what NOT to say when trying to impress a girl.
Bairro Alto, Alfama and Mouraria if you want to hear fado, the portuguese traditional music. In Bairro Alto you may go to an unique spot named Taberna do Xico, a tradidional non commercial spot . Docas area , near the old Tejo bridge, has lots of restaurants, pubs and discos. You may also go to Salsa Latina if you are interested in latin music.The Nations park ( Parque das Nações) offers als the same kind of spots. There, in teh south side of teh park you also may find Bugix, a great place where people, always happy, dance over the tables...after dinner, of course. The 24 julho Avenue are full of discos, like Capital , Kremlin, etc.
Dress Code: Casual, always. Even in Estoril Casino.
It's a full district filled with bars...
People often choose the Bairro Alto to hang out during the early hours of the night-life (which in Portugal spans from 23h to maybe 2h) then the district starts to be less crowded but still awaken until quite late.
Dress Code: From completely don't-care-look to very stylish and produced. Dress whatever you like, preferably something comfortable. There are bars for every taste and, of course, for every dress code.
Lisbon night is quite a ride. I won't tell you where to go cause there are so many places I could forgot and new spaces open everyweek. There are some known night areas: the expo' 98 (or parque das nações) area has plenty of bars as also Bairro Alto. At Docas you can find nice esplanades and bars. At 24 de Julho there are mainly disco's while in Santos you find lots of bars. Just one tip avoid using public transportations at night (they don't work), use cabs instead and walk in groups cause it's safier.
Dress Code: There are places with no dress codes, but others (like Kapital for instance) where you have to be all pretty and smooth to enter.
You can start off with a nice dinner at some restaurant, like one you can find mentioned in some Lisbon page, then some drinks at Bairro Alto, which is a very cool quarter, with old houses and loads odd diferent bars, you cruise around and check out the diversity, and when the bars are closing, you can go to a club. My favourite is Lux! It's a really cool club, just by the river. It has a great view, speacially if you manage to be there until the sun is rising... the view it's fantastic by then!!
Dress Code: To go to Bº Alto come as you are. You'll find a bar that suits you! When it comes to Lux, you don't have to go really 'smart'. it's quite casual. I never had problems coming in, and i never wear not-casual clothes, and always have my trainers on. Since it's a club, it can always be a bit tricky, but you defenetly won't have to wear a tie!! :))
There are loads of bars, at Largo de Santos, which is quite central Lisbon. You have small bars where you can drink waht we call 'shots' which is mixed liqouers (or not) but always quite alchoolic, in a tiny glass and you have to drink it straight. You have bars with chart music, but my favourite is 'Pérola', you can hear jazz, or chil out, or drum'n'bass, and it has a cool ambient.
Lisbon Nightlife its: amusing, diverse, daring and lasts for long time... You can live it up from 20 PM until 7:30 AM... Most fun areas have bars opened until 2 AM, dancing bars until 4 AM and night clubs (Discos) until 7 AM... Its up to you...
But if you like adventure and “Real Nightlife” your area is “BAIRRO ALTO”... Dont miss it...
'Bairro Alto' area is an historical quarter with some typical way of life during the day although many international students have rented rooms...
Bairro Alto its an area of tighten crossed roads with bars in half of the door numbers... You can make a tour all around your favourite style (the cool jazz, the fancy fashion alike and the dirty taverns... You can have completely different nights in the same streets...
Dress Code: Mostly casual but in few places, fancy (dont need a tie anyway)...
Bairro Alto area. Here you will find anything from rock, pop, grunge, discos and bars as well as portuguese restaurants with singers, internet cafés.
Also Docas is another area (near the water accessible by train), there are many good restaurants there as well as dance clubs.
Bairro Alto is unique because it's old and narrow and people are living right above the restaurants looking down into the action at night. You have to watch your pockets here when it is dark and not many people are around.
Docas is unique because there are discos and bars on the Docks by the water as well as cafés and you can drink outside.
Dress Code: Every place has a unique dress code. On the Docas, you have a choice, casual is best. Most places accept jeans but one place in Bairro Alto only accepted goth black clothing so it all depends on what you like!
Docks. - Nice place near the Lisbon Marine.
Great place for nice evening. Lot of funny nice people. Specially Thurday, Friday and Saturday.
Here you will find 15 to 20 bars and discos. There are also restaurants. Just ask for 'Docas'.
Expo98 - Parque das Nações
Here you do every thing you want ... (no more comments)
See the Oceanarium picture, it is self explanatory.
The street, decked with strollers, diners, locals sipping port
and spilling onto the pedestrian way, shoe-shiners, and
passionate Fado musicians, simply fizzles out into silence at
midnight, inviting a sound sleep in the heart of Lisbon's
beautiful old centre.
Along with mounds of other seafood
specialties like grilled sole, swordfish and squid, the diners
devour mountains of batatas fritas - fresh cut fried potatoes as
well as whole chickens roasted on a spit or barbecue. Bonjardin,
or the King of Chicken, seems to have a bit of a reputation. It
smokes below our window, and from three storeys up I watch the
careerist waiters carry plates of fried potatoes and chickens to
eager regulars and delighted foreigners from noon until 11:30pm,
when the kitchen closes abruptly and the tables and chairs are
stacked as fast as they were set up nearly twelve hours before.
The street, decked with strollers, diners, locals sipping port
and spilling onto the pedestrian way
The Bairro Alto is definately the place to go for nightlife, while everything in the town centre starts to pack up about midnight head up here for some very cool bars and restaurants, the back street has a little of the feel of Ashton Lane in Glasgow but the right temperature.
Doca de Santo Amaro is the place to go after a day of sight seeing. Their is something their for all ages and likings.
All along a harber are a string of up scale clubs and resturants. the night life use to be in the Bairro Alto District, but now all the action is here.
Dress Code: The Portuguese love to dress up and so should you.
Was 150 metres of old warehouses, now it's 150 metres of bars and restaurants on the riverfront. Very pleasant in the evening. It's a bit too far to walk from the centrum but, a short taxi ride (5 mins) and you are there or get one of the trams going to Belem and get off at Alcantara.
Several cafe's in the neighbourhood of the harbour. At the former harbour nice restaurant and discotheques. Nightclubs in the centre of town. For everyone something to find !
Ask your taxidriver ! Taxies are sheep and very good !
Dress Code: Depending on what you want. In nighclubs no sneekers allowed !