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The bar scene in Lisbon is exceptional.
All of the fun happens in an area called Bairro Alto. Basically, this area has hundreds of bars all squished together within a few blocks. The streets are narrow and made of cobble stone. On any given night, the streets become packed with both locals and foreigners all looking to socialize and have some fun.
I think Barrio Alto was my favorite area to go bar hopping in Europe. Every night I was there was a blast! The drinks in Barrio Alto are super cheap! Many of the bars have deals on certain nights of the week, so you might get lucky and pay €1 for a shot.
The ‘traditional’ Portuguese thing to do on Barrio Alto is listen to live Fado music at the bars. Fado is a 200-year-old Portuguese music genre that consists of a high-pitched singer and a classical guitar. The bars that have Fado music are usually jam-packed with people, but it’s a really cool experience to see this live. The venues usually serve traditional Portuguese foods and drinks, which will put you in the correct Portuguese state of mind.
If you are a club person, like myself, then you will be happy to hear that the clubbing scene in Lisbon is also pretty fun. New clubs are popping up left and right, and the scene is getting more trendy by the day. The clubbing scene attracts a young and sexy bunch of people who are ready to dance the night away.
Don’t forget to learn the Top 10 Portuguese Words so you can hit on those attractive locals
Here is my list of the best places to party in Lisbon!
Disclaimer: The following list of bars and clubs was put together mostly from my own personal experiences, but also with the addition of my friends recommendations. Things may have changed over the years, so I am trying my best to keep this list updated. If I missed something, please comment so I can add it to the list! Enjoy
#1. Club Lux
This multi-level club is a great place to spend your Friday or Saturday night.
On the top level is a rooftop terrace that is amazing on a nice day, and a great place to sip on your drink. Go down below and find the basement, where all the hardcore partiers are dancing until sunrise. The dance floor is huge and normally has a electronic music DJ (sometimes a big name!). They do have a stiff door policy, so just don’t do anything stupid in line and you should be good. Lux is a great place to meet people and to just have some classic fun. It’s location on the river makes it perfect to watch the sunrise on the terrace after a wild and fun night!
Cover is €12, but you get a drink voucher that easily covers that price. Drinks are not too expensive, especially for a club like this.
Av. Infante D. Henrique, armazem A Cais da Pedra a Sta. Apolonia, Lisbon 1950-376, Portugal
Located on the water. Closest Metro/tram stop is Santa Apolónia.
#2. Incógnito Bar
Incógnito Bar is a popular alternative bar/club that is spread across three levels. The basement is a fun dance floor with a DJ, and upstairs is a quieter loft bar- with a chrome staircase linking the floors together. This place usually gets pretty crowded, so get there a little early if you want to avoid lines and such. I recommend this place if you want to party with locals. Be aware that your vision might turn a little blurry like shown in this picture
€10 cover charge, and drinks are moderately priced. It’s worth the fun!
Rua Poliais de Sao Bento, 37, Lisbon, 1200
#3. A Tasca do Chico
This tiny, jam-packed bar is best known for their live Fado music (shown in the picture). It may seem a bit chaotic when you walk in the door, and the service isn’t the best but it’s worth the cultural experience.
Fado, as you may have read above, is a type of Portuguese music that is composed by amateurs and accompanied by two musicians with a guitar. There is no better authentic way to see live Fado than at Tasca do Chico! The atmosphere is very laid back with a good mix of locals and foreigners, and they even serve classic Portuguese snacks.
A glass of Sangria is around €2, beers are from €2-4
Rua do Diario de Noticias, 39 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Portugal
#4. Ginjinha do Rossio
Ginjinha do Rossio is a tiny hole-in-the-wall bar that is famous for their Ginjinha (or Ginja) liquor.
Ginja is a very popular Portuguese liquor made from sour cherries that are fermented into a brandy that is sweet and sticky. Only 3 people can fit into this bar at a time, which makes it that prestigious. People are in and out fast with a delicious shot with a cherry to nibble on at the bottom. There is no specific time to drink Ginja, the locals tend to drink it all day. Buy yourself a bottle of this stuff (like I did) and you won’t regret it. Don’t miss out on this classic Portuguese experience!
Shots are cheap, I believe they were €1-2 each
Largo São Domingos, 8., Lisboa, Portugal
#5. Maria Caxuxa
Maria Caxuxa is a bar that you cannot miss in Bairro Alto. This bar has a nice Portuguese retro style feel to it, with classic decorations filling up the walls. Stop in for a quick drink before dinner, or late night when the DJ is spinnin’ the best house music tunes! The crowd is trendy and hipster, and everyone is friendly and happy to meet you!
around €2-3 for a beer, €4-5 for a mixed drink
R. da Barroca, 12, Lisboa, Lisboa 1200-050
In the east side of Barrio Alto
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