Quieter bars, Lisbon
The night life here depends entirely on the weather. On this occasion, the weather was very good for good evening walk, and there are very good restaurants around.
So I walk the entire pack, and ended up in a beautiful restaurant that serves good sea food.
Dress Code: If it is cold, dress warm. But, for most of the restaurant in the Belem neighbourhood, its good to dress decent.
We were lucky enough to have a hotel in the Bairro Alto district of Lisbon and just a few clocks from our hotel was the Port Wine Institute. This place was actually created by the government to keep tabs on port wine, to make sure that the different labels and vintages were all pure. The menu here is huge and the idea is to get a couple of different kinds of Port and have yourself a private tasting. The prices range from very cheap to very expensive, so I guess it depends how much you want to spend. To accompany the port, there are appetizers and desserts which, though I did not have, looked very tasty. The atmosphere is very comfortable with large, comfy chairs and couches inside a living room type setting. You can stay and taste or take a bottle to go back to the hotel or to bring home and share with friends.
Typical Irish bar Monday to Thursday...relax, drink the best Guinness outside of Dublin etc....( I shoul know being a Dub!)
Weekends..Partaaay-....Live Music....great atmosphere...Only Real Irish bar in Lisbon...owned & operated by an Irishman!!!
Also has great food to help soak up the Guinness!
Dress Code: Casual
In Bairro Alto, you can find a warm and electrifying bar, where you can almost inevitabely meet Zézé, the manager.
A very fun place to dance, enjoy, and have fun. Music ranges from electro to afro-brasilian and alternative trends...
Dress Code: None, please.
Fluid bar has an outstanding retro-modern decoration, but it's the music that makes a visit wothwhile.
A carefully planned DJ panel is monthly organised, which bring the sounds of hiphop, dub, disco, house, electro, retro, brasil, etc...
Dress Code: None, although the bar is located in a more conservative and mainstream area (Santos). So you will find lot's of well-dressed people, but you will also find a smile in the bar workers if you are not!...
In Bairro Alto, one more bar where the crowd extends out to the street.
It's a small place, where the decoration changes periodically, but the music remains the best. From Drum'n Bass to Brasilian grooves, it's a place not to miss.
Dress Code: None whatsoever
Near Bairro Alto, there's an interesting bar, filled with bric-a-brac and all things imaginable. To get in, it's usually necessary to ring a bell - someone will eventually come along and open the door for you.
You can sip one one their many cocktails or teas and look around to have a look at all the stuff they keep there.
It shall have more than 20 years old!
But it has managed to keep up with new times and generations.
It is not a fashion place, but you can seat down and drink in a good ambiance.
It a Polynesian bar and the drinks are mostly cocktails with fruits and liquors with funny names.
Dress Code: To be dressed is the only code!...
On a quiet street in Lisbon, you'll find this small port wine bar. It's almost the size of a closet,maybe a little bigger, and pretty much all they serve is port wine. It's a real local hangout. we went in there one night, and it was all locals, drinking port. It's a great experience.
Get the night started with a café and pastry at A Brasileira in the Chiado. They have nice tables outside where you can people-watch. I recommend the Pasteis de Belém, a specialty of this part of the world. Think: a miniature tart filled with custard -- that's close to an accurate description. There's a place in Bélem that specializes in the stuff, and all through the day, Lisboetas craving a little bit of heaven crowd the store, ordering pasteis by the dozen. Good times.
Visit the oldest and best Irish Pub in Lisbon – Hennessysy´s...
Its the perfect spot to start your nightlife in Lisbon... Even if you start at the end of the afternoon because you can have dinner there... Yet, snacks and all kind of beers are better and much more cool (from 6 PM it starts getting crowded)...
In weekends try it right in the early afternoon... Is open on sundays...
Is cosy, relaxed, very typical decorated and has some real nice staff... From 11 PM, every day, you have live music (Irish and English) and the bar gets real fun and partying... Is also a spot full of foreigners and travellers, where is not difficult to mingle and find palls to share later the rest of Lisbon’s great 'Nightlife' around...
Dress Code: Completely casual...
The name of this bar means "wine collection" (or wine cellar). So it's a place where we can have some good wines and have some portuguese delicacies to go with it.
It's a small cosy place with some live music that goes from brazil to argentina. Nice for a good talk.
It's in the center of cascais.
Hennesey's Irish Pub close to cais de sodre. It's always full of drunk American, Irish and English. They have live music which is usually all English songs when all the locals join in. It's a friendly place that's very easy to get to whether it be early evening before dinner or late nite when you are already three sheets to the wind.
There's also an area on the bay, sorry no name, that houses about ten different restaurant and discoteques. Very comercialized but enough places to fit almost every taste, open late and good people-watching.
Dress Code: At Hennesey's there is none.
The other place you should look good because if you are dressed nice and hold yourself well you can get into clubs either free or ahead of the line (women especially)
All the bars down by the river are fun, but my personal favorite is a little bar up in the Bairro Alto named 'Cena de Copos'. Very handsome men and lots of fun and energy from the locals.
Dress Code: Casual, but neat. Never wear sneakers (tennis shoes) in Lisbon, or anywhere in Europe, for that matter, unless you want to stick out like a sore thumb.
There are now three but, I only went in two of them.
Both are near Cais de Sodre Ferry port/Metro. Hennessy's is on the front road and you can't miss it. Split on two levels inside, the upper floor is open after 7pm for some quite nice food. The lower floor is a mix of sofas, chairs, stools and tables. It serves both Guiness and Murphys but, forget atmosphere as the place is a barn. Well frequented by locals with a taste for Murphys Stout. Has Live music after 11pm everynight. Shows local cable TV.
The other bar is O'Gilins, just round the corner from Henessy's (other side of the monument where the tram turns) O'Gilins has no TV and serves only bar snacks like chili con carne and sandwiches. It has live music at the weekends. Between December and March it hosts a quiz night which draws most of the ex-pat crowd and almost all of the British Council and Cambridge English Schools. It's a good place to make contacts and the manager seemed to know everyone by first name which never happened at Henessy's.
Dress Code: Hennessy's - After 9pm in the summer there is a charge to get in but, you get it back with free drink tickets. No dress code.