Lisbon Nightlife

Newcomers to Lisbon often hit the bars around 9 pm and head home at midnight thinking that the bar scene is rather quiet. In fact, Lisbon bars don't get going until after midnight, clubs even later. On weekends, lively groups spill out of bars and stand shoulder to shoulder in the streets, especially in the lively Bairro Alto and the revamped Cais do Sodré. Many places are rather quiet from Sunday

through Wednesday although, in the summer high season, bars fill every night of the week with holidaymakers who don't need to rise early the next day.

Some dance clubs charge a cover of €15 (more on weekends), which includes one drink; if you come early you may get in free. Clubs are open from about 10 or 11 pm (but only start filling up well after midnight) until 4 or 5 am; a few stay open until 8 am. Be aware that some unscrupulous door staff will try to overcharge out-of-towners; if the price seems way over the odds, walk away.

For a less boisterous evening out, visit a café-bar or a casa de fado, where professional or amateur performers sing the city’s world-renowned, beautifully mournful style of music.

Lisbon has a well-established gay and lesbian scene, concentrated primarily in and around the Bairro Alto and the neighboring Príncipe Real area, on the way to Rato.

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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, you can visit its Lisbon replica.

Portas Largas

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A mixed crowd spill 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. It gets...

Rio Maravilha

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Occupying a space that was once a tea-break room for factory workers, Rio Maravilha is now a place for Lisbon's hardworking creative...

Senhor Vinho

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This Lisbon institution attracts some of Portugal's most accomplished fado singers. It also serves better 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 late-opening bar—with much of the original decoration—serving canned delicacies (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 35 years and counting) may only open on weekends but it remains lively—and hetero-friendly.

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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