Lisbon Nightlife

Lisbon has a thriving arts-and-nightlife scene, and there are listings of concerts, plays, and films in the monthly Agenda Cultural, available from the tourist office and in many museums and theaters. Also, the Friday editions of both the Diário de Notícias and O Independente newspapers have separate magazines with entertainment listings. The weekly magazine Time Out Lisboa

is still more comprehensive. Although all written in Portuguese, these publications' listings are easy to decipher.

It's best to buy tickets to musical and theatrical performances at the box offices, but you can also get them at several agencies, including Ticketline, which has desks in the Fnac book, computer, and music stores at the Colombo and Grandes Armazéns do Chiado shopping malls, in the El Corte Inglés department store, and at the Casino Lisboa at Parque das Nações. Downtown, a booth—called ABEP—on Praça dos Restauradores, in front of the Altis Avenida hotel, sells tickets to theater shows and concerts as well as to sporting events such as bullfights and soccer games. You can also buy tickets to most events on the phone or online.

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Peter Café Sport

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If you can't make it to transatlantic yachtie favorite "Peter's bar" on Faial Island in the Azores, visit its Lisbon replica. Situated...

Portas Largas

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A mixed crowd spills out into the street from this tiled tavern with barn doors, which often has live Brazilian music. Sangria and caipirinha...


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Known for its trendy music and cocktails, this little place is run by a lesbian couple but is extremely diverse and welcoming. ...

Senhor Vinho

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This Lisbon institution attracts some of Portugal's most accomplished fado singers. It also serves finer food than many casas de fado...


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On the edge of the Bairro Alto, Silk has a terrace with arguably the best view of any Lisbon club. In theory entry is for members only,...

Sol e Pesca

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This former fishing-tackle shop is now a trendy bar—still with much of the original decoration—serving canned delicacies (also mostly...

Solar do Vinho do Porto

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The most refined place in Bairro Alto to start off your evening (or perhaps end it) is the relaxed Solar do Vinho do Porto. It's in a...


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The city's longest-serving gay disco (at 30 years and counting) may only open on weekends but it remains lively—and hetero-friendly...

Urban Beach

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This slick venue right on the river draws a rich, hip, young crowd. It has a restaurant and sushi bar as well as a lively dance floor.

Wine Bar do Castelo

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This is a great place to flop down after visiting the Castelo de São Jorge: it has a good selection of wines to sample, plus authentic...


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