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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It's referred to as a lesbian hangout, though everyone drops in to this tasca to hear the '80s music on the jukebox. ...

Bairru's Bodega

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This is one of several wine bars that have sprung up to meet the growing curiosity of foreign visitors about Portugal's vinhos, which...


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At the family-run Baiuca, the quality of both food and singing varies, but a great atmosphere is guaranteed. It's a fado vadio (literally...

Casino Lisboa

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In addition to 22 gaming tables and 1,000 machines, the gleaming black Casino Lisboa has gourmet restaurants and a fun rotating bar that...

Cinco Lounge

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Expertly run by a young British couple, this cocktail bar on the edge of the Príncipe Real neighborhood has a modern vibe. ...

Clube de Fado

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Locals and tourists flock to this spot to hear established performers, such as owner Mário Pacheco, and rising singing stars. Dinners...


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A popular venue since it opened in 2012, Construction has a thumping house-music sound track and plenty of room to dance to it. ...

Doca de Santo

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In the main Doca de Santo Amaro development is this restaurant-bar with a palm-lined esplanade. It's a great place to start the night.


  • Dance Clubs

Finalmente has been in business for over 40 years, attracting a high-camp crowd for drag shows in the early hours. Today, it has one...

Garrafeira Alfaia

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This cozy wine bar has tasty snacks such as meat croquetes and bacalhau à brás to accompany wines from a vast range of Portuguese...


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