The worst of Porto is... jealousy!
Lisbon spent millions building a white elephant to cultural events - CCB, the Cultural Center of Belem, and Porto shouldn't stay behind.
Many millions later, here we have, in Boavista square, this immense and disputed block, able to organize all kind of performances. Join the discussion, and if you want something more then a drink to fill the night , it must be your first search.
This bar was situated across the river. A great place if you want to immerse yourself in beer.
Look out for the tower of beer available. I thought in the end that this tower, though incredible to se, was a bit of a kop out for the staff as it got the customers to pour their own beer! It was a good job that we were skilled beer pourers
We didn´t actually find our kind of nightlife at Porto.I don´t know if we didn´t search in right places,or are there less"our kind"of people in Portugal.
But we like to taste beers.We have huge book of beers around the world at home,and we like to taste local beers where ever we go.
Mostly we are used to think,that at southern Europe there aren´t any good beers at bottles,only at micro-brewerys.So we were very pleased to see,that ib Portugal,the most common beer Super Bock has very good flavours.The "normal"one was as boring as many others,but Stout was so good,that we were sorry,that we couldn´t take any on our handluggage like some years ago :(
Good choise with food was also Super Bock Abadia.And sometimes,when it was hot,and felt quite thirsty,even the green Bock tasted good-it had flavour of lime.
We prefer dark ones,so Stout was the best.And it was sold at surpricingly many restaurants.
So our "nightlife" was to find terrace,where was served these three-sit down and watch the people.
At Lisbon there weren´t as much Bock as in north,but many places had it there also.They had Sagres,but we liked this better.
Real beer-pubs we didn´t see.Those ones,whitch have lots of different brands.But those ones we can visit back in Finland ;)
One thing I like about exploring a city is to try random places. Hot Five was a short walk from my hotel and on a Thursday night were featuring a big band of college jazz artists. In looking at the schedule of events through June, it was quite an eclectic collection of music, with an emphasis on jazz. From blues to Alice in Chains and Nirvana tributes (Hey, I don't make the rules) there was quite a sampling of music. Even the big band jazz played different styles from swing to more contemporary arrangements.
Dress Code: Very casual
Ever since Porto was named a European Capital of Culture in 2001, there has been an increase in cultural events in the city. You may ask the tourism office about shows and performances during your visit. On this picture we can see one of the main theaters, the Teatro São João, on one of the main squares, Praça da Batalha.
Founded in 1.933, another excellent place to relax after a hectic day. They also serve breakfasts and meals.
They also organize events such as live music.
The National Theater of S. João was built in the same place where long time ago one another lyric theater with the same name existed.
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