Neighborhoods for nightlife, Lisbon
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.
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.
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 :-)
Bairro Alto is an old quarter in Lisbon.
It is one of the most crowded places at night, but it cannot be considered to be a mainstream spot, even though you'll find some places.
It is mainly an alternative spot, with lots of different kinds of bars, restaurants, etc..
You can find Fado clubs (Casas de Fado) and Retro-Punk clubs side-by-side, late handicraft shops facing hip-hop bars or street-wear shops.
Dress Code: Executive Armani Suit, Leather sado-maso outfit, Flower-power dress, just your underwear,or anything else you can think of
This place is really great if you want to discover Lisbon's nightlife. It has bars, nightclubs, cyber cafes, restaurants all open until dawn. It has a very laid back atmosphere and prices are very reasonable compared to other parts of town like docas.
This is not only a nightlife spot you can also come here during the day with your family. you'll also find a mall, concert halls, hotels and expositions (FIL) that vary every week, (http://www.fil.pt/SAPPortal).
Dress Code: Casual
It's one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lisboa. Plenty of restaurants and bars in its narrow and dark streets. There are options to all the preferences.
Avoid to go to Bairro Alto alone as it can be *really* dangerous at night.
Dress Code: Casual.
Another place to go is to Rua da Bica. It's a very cool street on a cool quarter. It's a very steep street, to go up people usually take this elevator that looks like a tram. I think it's closed by 12am, but the nice bars are just on top of the street and you can more simply get there from chiado area (no tough climbing). The Bicanense cafý, to your left when facing down the street, is the one i personally prefer. Dj music a small bar, but you can always take your drinks outside, and a dancing room.
Dress Code: I don't think you'll ever see in my nightlife tips something other that: whatever! I don't like the kind of place where i have to be like others want me to. I like to be relaxed and confortable.
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....
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.
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.
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.
As I said, the walk around Balam is very romantic and facinating in the evenings. The water front and floating restaurants here are a must visit for dinner.
What I recommend is for tourist to visit this place during the summer period, and book everything from hotels and touristic places in good time.
Its good to see the neighbourhood where the Portuguess president reside. There are virtually no sign of security here and one can even have a peep at Mr President ..lol!
Most of the expensive restaurants were located very close to his house...I dont know why that was the case.
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.