LISBONWhere to go out in Lisbon?

Live Music, Art Galleries, Beach Bars and Cocktail Spots. These are the insider addresses you need in Lisbon.

LISBON

Where to go out in Lisbon?

Live Music, Art Galleries, Beach Bars and Cocktail Spots. These are the insider addresses you need in Lisbon.

You can read about the city’s packed-out rooftop cocktail bars in many a travel guide, but what about the insider spots where the musicians go to jam, where to catch the hottest emerging artists, the coolest beach bars and late-night drinking spots? We’ve got it covered.

Live Music

Bela Vinhos e Petiscos

This tiny laid-back spot is located in Alfama, one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods in Lisbon and considered to be the birthplace of Fado. On Tuesday nights, musicians from all over the world come to play in an intimate atmosphere, sharing bottles of wine and plates of Portuguese tapas.

Rua dos Remédios 190, 1100 445 Alfama

Tejo Bar

A mythical place in Lisbon’s music scene, this is where you can find a melting pot of African and Brazilian musicians who come to choose from the instruments that line the wall to engage in a daily jam sessions. This late-night spot is something of an underground local secret – instead of clapping, the audience rub their hands together in applause.

Beco do Vigário 1 A, 1100-613 Alfama, Lisboa Portugal

Maria da Mouraria

For classical Fado, one of the best spots is the fado house Maria da Mouraria set in the neighbourhood of Mouraria. Unlike the multitude of places you find in Alfama, it’s not too touristy and combines very good food with high quality musicians. A great option for a more conservative musical experience.

Largo Severa 2B

Hot Club do Portugal

This historic jazz club is amongst the oldest in Europe dating back to the 1950’s. Although it recently changed location after the original spot burnt down in a fire, it still conjures up the essence of a bye-gone era and is the most authentic jazz experience in town. Check out the line-up for big-name guest visitors.

Praça da Alegria 48

Fábrica do Braço de Prata

Set in a former ammunitions centre that was a pioneer in Lisbon’s current restoration surge, this cultural centre combines a myriad of creative activities, from concerts to an art gallery, restaurant and club. On Thursday nights, emerging bands come to jam in different corners of the former factory for a dynamic, experimental experience.

R. Fábrica de Material de Guerra 1, 1950-128 Lisboa

ArtCasa

This innovative multi-disciplinary space combines a live music venue with club, art gallery, cafe and even rents rooms. A fantastic example of Lisbon’s multi-cultural roots, it weaves together african and italian influences with a diverse weekly program that ranges from jam sessions to dance marathons, yoga, capoeira, exhibitions and workshops.

Rua Marechal Saldanha 28, Lisbon, Portugal

Art Galleries

Cristina Guerra

Located a stone’s throw from the stunning gardens of Estrela, this contemporary art gallery is one of the city’s most successful, bridging the gap between the local and international art scene.

R. Santo António à Estrela 33

Galeria Madragoa

Hailed as one of the hippest galleries in town since it opened in 2016 in the charming neighborhood of Madragoa, that sits between Santos and Estrela, this space combines a roster of exciting home-grown talent with international artists selected by the its Italian-Portuguese co-owners.

R. Machadinho 45, 1200-705 Lisboa

MAAT

Set along the riverfront towards Bélem, Lisbon’s latest art and design museum undulates in a gentle wave of glittering mosiac tiles that reflects Lisbon’s legendary light and the water that frames it. Designed by British architect Amanda Levete, the architecture more than matches the exhibitions inside, that combine art exhibitions from contemporary greats with design and education areas. It’s a lovely stroll from town along the river and onto Bélem, where you can reward all that walking with a pastel de natas from legendary custard-tart house Pasteleria do Bélem.

Av. Brasília, 1300-598

Base Acaso

Occupying the first floor of a crumbling mansion in the charming neighborhood of Principe Real, this art gallery combines creative ateliers with an interior courtyard that provides an alfresco stage for live musicians and a lot of dancing. Not to be missed. Check the facebook page for the latest on events.

Travessa Piedade n.7, Lisbon, Portugal

Cocktail Bars

Topo Mouraria

Hidden away on the rooftop of a Chinese shopping centre overlooking Martim Moniz square, this trendy bar and restaurant is Lisbon’s answer to London’s Shoreditch. Its floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views over Lisbon’s city-scape, while hip local djs spinning tunes on the alfresco cocktail deck make it a magic spot for sundowners. Its sister bar, Topo Chiado, offers a more preppy alternative in chic neighborhood of Chiado.

  • Topo Mouraria
    Commercial Center Martim Moniz, Praça Martim Moniz, 1100-341
  • Topo Chiado
    Terraços do Carmo, 1200-288

Flamingo Bar

This late-night drinking den tucked away in Lisbon’s trendy Mouraria district is a great spot after-dinner drinks and to connect with a cool local crowd.

Largo do Terreirinho, 16

Park Bar

Set on the rooftop of a parking lot in the bustling neighborhood of Barrio Alto, first-timers tend to get lost – there’s no signs, so just take the elevator to the top floor and keep going up till you find yourself at a rooftop cocktail bar overlooking Lisbon’s church spires. Sunsets can get busy with a dynamic demographic of global travellers who usually find themselves on the tiny dance floor grooving to disco as the night sets in.

Calçada do Combro 58

Rio Maravilha

Another somewhat secret roof-top, this Brazilian inspired bar is set on the rooftop of LX factory and combines killer cocktails with awesome views across the river and great tunes. Set to the east of the historic centre in Lisbon’s Alcantara neighborhood, it’s a bit more off the-beaten track and less over-subscribed as roof-top sunset spots go. Feeling peckish? Head downstairs to the sister restaurant for delicious Brazilian-portuguese food and views looking over Lisbon’s iconic bridge. Make sure you take a chance to stroll through the artisan shops and cafes of LX’s converted factory, which also houses dozens of creative ateliers from the city’s artists and designers.

R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-501

Dance

Lux

Regularly rated as one of the top ten clubs in the world, Lux is surprisingly easy-going for such an accolade. While queues can stretch right along the river when big name DJS like Seth Troxler come to town, staff are always smiling and the club itself, spread of 3 floors, offers ample opportunities for soaking up night sky from balconies and a rooftop terrace. Some nights are wildly better than others and draw a different crowd, so make sure to check the line-up.

Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A, Cais da Pedra a Sta Apolónia, 1950-376

Eka Palace

Bohemian dance spot that forms part of EKA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to uniting local artists. Expect a wider variety of more alternative music nights and a hip, artsy crowd.

Calçada de Dom Gastão, 12 – porta 8

Casa Independente

Synonymous with Lisbon’s emerging hipster neighborhood of Intendente, this cultural space spread over 3 floors combines a bar with live music and dj sessions and celebrates Lisbon’s multicultural music scene, drawing a cool arty crowd.

Largo do Intendente Pina Manique 45

Beach Bars

Princesa

Crafted from pale-wood and nautical stripes, Princesa is the ultimate bare-foot beach-chic restaurant set just 20 minutes from the city centre on the Costa Caparica on a beautiful stretch of sand that rolls on for miles. Owned by two french brothers, the food, from fresh whole grilled fish to giant plates of clams, is always exquisite. After lunch, hit one of the comfy sunloungers for a siesta in between dips in the sea.

Praia da Princesa, Costa da Caparica

Sals

Head an hour and a half south of Lisbon towards the chic weekend getaway of Comporta and you’ll find yourself enveloped in groves of cork and pine trees that pepper the air with spring freshness. Skip the main beach in Comporta (which can get crowded at the height of summer and the overpriced restaurants rushed off their feet) and on to Praia do Prego and the exceptional seafood restaurant of Sals. A hot contender for one of the best beach restaurants in Portugal, it combines fabulous seafood with friendly service and beautiful sea views. It’s not cheap but the experience is well worth it.Make sure to book ahead over summer.

Praia do Pêgo 7570-783, Carvalhal

Bar do Guincho

Built in wood and stone, this laid-back beach bar caters to the surf and kite-surf experts who come to tackle the often challenging conditions of Guincho beach, set beyond the beach town of Cascais half an hour from Lisbon. It’s a great spot to watch the action over expertly shaken caipirinhas, shielded from the often forceful wind.

Estrada do Abano, 547, Malveira da Serra
Praia do Guincho