Lisbon nightlife: between tradition and modernity, the capital of Portugal offers a young and hot nightlife, with many options for your nightlife. Let's find out where to go out and spend an unforgettable evening in Lisbon.
Lisbon is a city that at first glance may seem melancholic and attached to its traditions: in reality, the capital of Portugal is a young and full of life city which, over the last decade, has known how to impose itself as one of the most advanced European.
Today Lisbon is one of the hottest destinations when it comes to nightlife . Lisbon's nightlife starts late and ends well after sunrise, and offers a wide choice of nightclubs to suit all tastes. In fact, after sunset, the narrow streets of the old city fill up with young people who pour into the bars and discos scattered between the up and down neighborhoods, especially in the Rossio (the city center) and on Avenida da Libertade , some of the liveliest and most touristic areas of the Portuguese capital.
The atmosphere that reigns in the streets of Lisbon is welcoming, sensual and exuberant and you will soon feel at home. Do not miss the ride on the historic tram 28 which goes up and down the steep streets of the old city, as well as a stop to admire the view from the famous Santa Lucia belvedere, or stop to eat in a Casa del Fado , where you can taste the excellent traditional dishes and listen to the mesmerizing melodies of this Portuguese folk music.
When night has finally fallen, the city of the Seven Hills shows its younger side and is able to surprise even the most demanding revelers: Lisbon's nightlife explodes between chill out terraces, bars with live music and discos open until in the morning offering all kinds of music. The variety of musical genres offered by Lisbon's nightclubs is able to satisfy all tastes: there are events with live rock and jazz music, discos with electronic music, House and Dance. Usually the bars do not close before 2.00, while the clubs remain open until 6.00 or 7.00 in the morning.
If you wish to spend a romantic evening, head towards one of the wonderful viewpoints (called "miraduoro" ) or you can dine in one of the many typical restaurants that offer typical Lusitanian dishes at reasonable prices.
The nightlife districts of Lisbon
The nightlife of Lisbon is mainly concentrated in some areas of the city:
Located in the oldest area of the city, the Bairro Alto represents the center of Lisbon's nightlife and is made up of an intricate labyrinth of narrow streets dotted with a vast number of nightclubs of all kinds, including typical restaurants, pubs, trendy cocktail bars and disco with loud music until late at night. This district is frequented by many young people aged between 20 and 30 and by many tourists who gather to drink a caipirinha or a caipirosca on the street in front of the various bars. The pubs and disco bars of the Barrio Alto are always very crowded, even if they usually start to fill up after 11.00 pm.
Along Avenida 24 de Julho other hand, there is the highest concentration of terraced lounge bars and nightclubs in Lisbon . This area represents for many an obligatory stop to go dancing after a drink in the Barrio Alto.
Near the ferry station is Cais do Sodré , the old red light district of Lisbon, now re-evaluated and become one of the reference points of the Portuguese capital's nightlife. In particular, along the Rua Nova do Carvalho there are many original bars offering burlesque shows and cocktails with unusual names such as the "puta fina" , as well as various live music concerts. This neighborhood was home to many famous Lisbon nightclubs during the 1970s.
The Alfama on the other hand, represents the cradle of the popular song of fado , famous for its nostalgic and melancholy notes, which was born right here during the 19th century and has now become a true symbol of Portugal. In Alfama you can therefore find the best fado houses, characterized by a family and hospitable atmosphere, where you can taste the excellent local cuisine.
Another popular area for nightlife in Lisbon are the Docas , a port district near the river where, inside some old renovated warehouses, numerous bars, cafes and clubs have sprung up.
In the evening you can also head to the Parque das Nações , a modern area where the 1998 Expo was held which offers an enchanting view of the river, and Largo do Intendente.
Finally, the Principe Real area Lisbon's gay nightlife . Here there are numerous bars and clubs dedicated to this clientele, where an atmosphere of respect and tolerance reigns.
Clubs and discos in Lisbon
(R. Nova do Carvalho 7, Lisboa) Open Monday to Saturday from 11pm to 6am.
Viking Lisbon's historic nightclubs . Inside you can breathe a curious and grotesque atmosphere. Worth a visit.
(Rua de Santa Apolónia 59, Lisboa) Open Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 2.00.
Located at the Santa Apolónia railway station, the Clube Ferroviário , which was once a railway after-work club, is today a social club that hosts live music, concerts and DJ sets, but also cultural events and activities such as film clubs, theater and exhibitions. The club consists of three large spaces: a terrace that enjoys a breathtaking view, and two internal rooms, one for concerts and theme parties and the other for exhibitions and other events. You must try their special mojito with cherries, called “Alfa Mojito” .
(R. Nova do Carvalho 24, Lisboa) Open Monday to Saturday from 11pm to 6am.
Located in the old red light district of Lisbon along Rua Nova do Carvalho , under some characteristic brick arches, the Musicbox is one of the most famous clubs in the Portuguese capital, which offers alternative evenings with DJ sets and live concerts. The club has a busy program of events, concerts and evenings with DJs and the musical selection is so wide that it ranges from electronic music to rock, to fado, passing through indie rock, hip-hop, jazz, dance and reggae rhythms. Inside, the Musicbox is made up of a large stone portico that makes it look like a large cave and enhances the quality of the sound system and lighting.
The Musicbox is also particularly appreciated for the Erasmus evenings on Thursdays, for the cheap drinks and for the very low admission price (usually around 6 euros). The shows and concerts normally start around 11.00pm, while the djs start playing after 1.00am.
(Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A, Cais da Pedra a Sta Apolónia, Lisboa) Open Thursday to Saturday from 11pm to 6am.
Known throughout the world thanks to its refined and fashionable atmosphere, the Lux Fragìl is the most famous disco in the city, a trendy club and a real obligatory stop in the panorama of Lisbon's nightlife . The club boasts two large dance floors located on two different floors, with armchairs and sofas scattered here and there, and a wonderful roof terrace.
The programming of the lux always sees the best international DJs as guests and the musical selection ranges from electronic music to House, up to hip hop rhythms and 80s music, as well as the presence of numerous live concerts. The club often sees the presence of many celebrities and movie stars (the owner of the place is the famous actor John Malkovich). Be prepared to face a long line and a tough selection at the entrance before entering here.
On the rooftop terrace you can watch an enchanting sunrise overlooking the Tejo River and enjoy all the beauty of Lisbon as the sun rises.
Urban Beach K
(Av. Brasília, Lisboa) Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 20.00 to 6.00, Sunday from 20.00 to 24.00.
Located along the river, the K Urban Beach is a famous and elegant nightclub in Lisbon which houses 3 ballrooms with soft sofas immersed in an exclusive environment dominated by splendid windows that offer an enchanting view of the city. The party is always guaranteed, with internationally renowned djs playing the latest pop and electronic tracks.
In addition to dancing, the Urban Beach is a good place to drink a cocktail or dine in one of the two restaurants inside, one offering sushi and the other steaks and grilled meats. All around, a wonderful swimming pool reflects the lights of the night.
This elite club has a strict door check so dress smart and behave sober if you want to get past the bouncers. Entry costs 12 euros (6 euros for girls).
Galeria Ze Do Bois
(R. da Barroca 59, Lisboa) Located in the upper area of the old town of Lisbon, the Galeria Ze Do Bois is a nightclub born more than 20 years ago as a cultural club and has become nowadays a popular meeting place for alternative youth. In this place music, concerts and DJ sets merge with art in a succession of original and interesting events.
(R. da Imprensa Nacional 104, Lisboa) Open Friday and Saturday from 11.45pm to 6am.
The Trumps is the most popular gay club in Lisbon, much appreciated for its wide variety of events and evenings and with music focused on pop and house rhythms, played in two different ballrooms. Entrance costs about 10 euros.
(R. Nova do Carvalho 6, Lisboa) Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11.45pm to 6am.
Historic Jamaican-style nightclub in Lisbon that offers Latin music and various Caribbean dances to party and go wild until dawn. The beauty of the Jamaica Bar is that it is always full of young revelers from all over the world and it is impossible to get bored! Definitely the right place to spend an alternative night out in Lisbon, with lots of reggae and hip hop music during the weekend. Usually the place starts to fill up after 2.00.
(R. da Madalena 201, Lisboa) Open Friday and Saturday from 11pm to 4am.
Located in the Baixa district, the Club Noir is an alternative nightclub that offers gothic and 80s rock music, attracting all fans of this musical genre.
Cheers Pub & Disco
(R. da Atalaia 111-113, Lisboa) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 17.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 17.00 to 4.00.
The Cheers is a great disco always well attended, where you can party until 4 in the morning.
Titanic Sur Mer
(Cais Sodré 3154, Lisboa) Another trendy disco that stays open until 6 in the morning.
(Calçada do Desterro 7, Lisboa) Open every day.
The Desterro is an alternative club that offers evenings with DJ sets and electronic music. Very recommended on a Wednesday night.
(Escadinhas da Praia 5, Lisboa) Open Thursday 11pm to 6am, Friday and Saturday 11pm to 9am.
Witnessing the wildest nights out in the Portuguese capital over the past 20 years, the Kremlin is one of Lisbon's most extravagant nightclubs that attracts a diverse and colorful clientele of young locals and tourists. The club mainly features techno music and is open until late in the morning.
(Praça do Comércio 72, Lisboa) Open on Saturdays from 11pm to 7am.
So named because it occupies space in a building formerly used by the Ministry of Finance, this club also makes use of gracious 18th-century architecture, not least a beautiful vaulted ceiling that gives it a classic feel. Clever use of lighting enhances the historic and monumental atmosphere of the Ministerium. The music is, however, modern and focused on the rhythms of techno and electronic music and guarantees excellent parties until the morning. The annexed Ministerium Cantina is instead a restaurant that serves lunches and dinners, and is also excellent for a late night snack.
(Rua Da Cintura Do Porto De Lisboa Edif., 226, Lisboa) Open Thursday to Saturday from 10pm to 6am.
Located in a former warehouse on the waterfront near the Alcantara , the Dock's is one of the favorite clubs of Lisbon's young people. The club often hosts theme nights, presided over by famous DJs. The soundtrack is composed of a mix of House music and African rhythms and it is also possible to attend live music concerts. Upstairs there are several sofas and is ideal for relaxing after hours of wild dancing.
(Av. 24 de Julho 68, Lisboa) Open Thursday, Saturday to Monday from 11.30pm to 6am.
Dynamic, energetic and noisy, the Main is a large nightclub made up of three large spaces: the upper floor houses a trendy Japanese restaurant which extends onto a wonderful outdoor terrace. After the kitchen closes, this space is dedicated to the irresistible rhythm of Brazilian music, funky, R&B and pop. Downstairs is the main dance floor, where house and hip-hop music explodes from the speakers, while downstairs is electronic music mixed with a dash of tech-house. The Main Club is mainly frequented by young people between the ages of 20 and 30.
(Cais Gás 1, Lisboa) Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30pm to 4am.
Reopened in a new location after a long closure, the B. Leza is a first-rate African music club where you can hear and see many artists dance from Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique and other countries of the African continent. The club also hosts singers and musicians from Brazil. Together they offer an irresistible combination of ethnic sounds composed of drums, guitars and percussion, and it is impossible not to move and dance. Better yet, learn kizzomba, a sensual African dance. Once you learn the basic steps you will understand why this is one of the hottest rhythms on the planet.
(263, Travessa do Conde da Ponte 12, Lisboa) Open Friday and Saturday from 11pm to 4am.
Combining a nightclub, social club, and live music venue, the Radio Hotel attracts a clientele that spans a wide range of ages and musical tastes. Located in the Alcantara district of Lisbon, almost under the suspension bridge of the city, the soundtrack of the club is mostly electronic, with the djs integrating the sound with Deep House, chill-out and jazz rhythms. The two-level dance floor winds its way through a cocktail lounge and VIP area.
(R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisboa) Open every day from 6.00 to 2.00.
Located in the Alcantara district under the 25 de Abril bridge inside an old textile factory, LX Factory is today a creative center that extends over an area of 23,000 m2 which encloses a vast number of restaurants, bars, shops, offices and much more. The place has a bohemian atmosphere and is very popular with hipsters, intellectuals and artists. During the day you can taste the refined dishes of real restaurants or enjoy a drink while admiring the spectacular view of the Rio Maravilha , while at night you can listen and dance to the rhythm of alternative electronic music.
Hot Club Portugal
(Praça da Alegria 48, Lisboa) Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10pm to 2am.
Renovated after a fire that destroyed it, the Hot Club Portugal is a jazz club that has been offering live jazz music for more than 60 years. It is a mandatory stop in the city for jazz lovers.
(Tv. do Caminho Novo 7, Ericeira, Lisboa) Open Friday and Saturday from 11pm to 6am.
Located just outside Lisbon in the town of Ericeira , the Ouriço is one of the oldest nightclubs in Portugal . A really popular little place in the summer where you can hear the music right out on the ocean.
(Escadinhas da Praia 7, Lisboa) Open Friday and Saturday from 11.30pm to 6am.
This nightclub is always busy every Friday and Saturday when a fun crowd gathers here for a night of 80s music and pop-rock. A great place to dance.
Bars and pubs in Lisbon
(Largo do Intendente Pina Manique 45, Lisboa) Open from Tuesday to Thursday from 17.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 17.00 to 2.00.
Located along the avenue of the same name, Casa Independente is a club and cocktail bar housed in a large apartment on the first floor of an elegant building. Inside its large rooms with high ceilings and furnished in a retro style, you can dance to the tune of the DJ-sets or chat in the beautiful back garden while sipping a good drink.
(Beco do Vigário 1A, Lisboa) The Tejo Bar is a historic bar in Alfama. Despite being very small, the bar is furnished with tables, bookcases and many drawings, as well as numerous musical instruments, among which a piano stands out. The Tejo Bar is the ideal place to spend a quiet evening, sipping a cocktail or playing chess.
Love Lisbon Hostel & Bar
(Rua de Arroios nº60 A, Lisboa) Open Monday from 20.00 to 2.00, Tuesday to Saturday from 18.00 to 2.00.
Quaint bar of the Love Lisbon hostel featuring walls painted with imaginative murals and a friendly atmosphere.
(R. do Diário de Notícias 125, Lisboa) Open Monday and Wednesday from 15.00 to 24.00, Thursday to Saturday from 15.00 to 1.00, Sunday from 16.00 to 1.00.
Located in the heart of Bairro Alto, the Garrafeira Alfaia is a small wine bar that offers an excellent choice of wines combined with appetizing tapas with prices ranging from 4 to 7 euros. The walls of the bar are painted in bright colours, making the room cheerful and welcoming. The bar also has some cozy outdoor tables for warm summer evenings. To try.
(R. Dom Pedro V 89, Lisboa) Open Monday to Saturday from 18.00 to 2.00, Sunday from 21.00 to 2.00.
The Pavilhão Chinês is an interesting kitsch-style bar that looks more like a junk shop: its interior is decorated with objects of all kinds, from oil paintings to airplane models, up to pieces of ceramics and ancient Venetian masks hanging from the walls. There are also some pool tables.
Portas do Sol
(R. São Tomé 84A, Lisboa) Open every day.
Located at an excellent panoramic point, the Portas do Sol is a bar that allows you to sip an excellent drink comfortably seated on a sofa while admiring the magnificent view of the river. Every weekend in the evening there is music with djs.
(334, R. da Misericórdia 59, Lisboa) Open every day.
The Wine Lover is a cozy wine bar offering excellent wines by the glass and tapas. There are also some outdoor tables.
(Largo São Domingos 8, Lisboa) Open every day from 9.00 to 22.00.
Ginjinha is a tiny bar that is always crowded with locals and tourists who come here to drink the " ginjinha" , a local sweet liqueur with cherries, traditionally served in small chocolate cups. Coming here to drink a ginjinha after dinner has now become a ritual and the bar is an absolute must before immersing yourself in the nightlife of Lisbon .
(R. Ruben A. Leitão 17A, Lisboa) Open every day from 21.00 to 2.00.
The Cinco Lounge is a cocktail bar run by an award-winning English bartender who serves excellent cocktails, more than 100 on offer: from classic martinis to fruity cocktails to sophisticated devils like Madagascar Bourbon and Madeline Hays. Alcoholic cocktails start at €7 and non-alcoholic drinks at €5.
(R. da Bica de Duarte Belo 42, Lisboa) Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 19.00 to 2.00.
Located in the Santa Catarina district, the Bicaense is an alternative bar furnished with comfortable armchairs and period objects, including radios and projectors. The musical programming ranges from House music to live concerts, while the clientele that frequents the bar tends to be more mature than the average revelers who populate the Barrio Alto evenings.
Chafariz Do Vinho
(Praça da Alegria, Lisboa) Open Tuesday to Sunday from 18.00 to 1.00.
Located inside an imposing old water depot, the Chafariz Do Vinho is one of the best wine bars in Lisbon , where you can taste excellent Portuguese wine immersed in an environment full of atmosphere.
(Calçada do Combro 58, Lisboa) In a hilly city like Lisbon, rooftop bars are a big hit and one of the best is Calçada do Combro's Park Built atop a rather unremarkable car park, the bar has a cozy and trendy atmosphere, which is best appreciated with a cold glass of beer or local wine while watching the sunset over the city. Young people gather here to chat among gigantic plants and a soundtrack of jazz, soul and funk. The view of the river and the Ponte 25 de Abril is amazing. Food is served throughout the day, while in the evening there are outdoor cinema screenings and DJ sets.
Sol e Pesca
(R. Nova do Carvalho 44, Lisboa) Open from Monday to Wednesday from 12.00 to 2.00, from Thursday to Saturday from 12.00 to 4.00.
This little place has been transformed from a fishing tackle shop into a trendy bar. The bar kept the original name and decor, but now, next to the tinned fish, you can order a reasonably priced beer. It is also possible to buy a delicious variety of canned fish, preserved in colorful tin boxes.
By the Wine
(Rua das Flores 41, Lisboa) Open Monday from 18.00 to 24.00, Tuesday to Sunday from 18.00 to 24.00.
Excellent wine bar offering a good selection of wines from the cellars of Jose Maria da Fonseca , a well known Portuguese wine producer. The interior of this bar reflects this passion, from the bottles decorating the ceiling to the barrels around the bar. There is also a large selection of wines by the glass if you don't want to commit to a whole bottle.
The Old Pharmacy Wine Inn
(83, R. do Diário de Notícias 73, Lisboa) Open every day from 17.30 to 24.00.
Another great wine bar located in Barrio Alto . As the name suggests, this bar was once a pharmacy and the owners have kept the original interior using the large cupboards to store the precious bottles of wine. The cheese platters are fantastic and the bar is a great starting point for an evening in Lisbon's party district .
Pensão do Amor
(R. do Alecrim 19, Lisboa) Open from Sunday to Wednesday from 14.00 to 3.00, from Thursday to Saturday from 14.00 to 4.00.
Located in an old hotel by the hour, the Pensão do Amor is an eclectic bar with scarlet walls, furnished with mirrors and paintings of all kinds that recall the past atmospheres of the building.
O Bom O Mau EO Vilão
(R. do Alecrim 21, Lisboa) Open from Monday to Thursday from 19.00 to 2.00, from Friday to Sunday from 19.00 to 3.00.
Located in Cais do Sodré, a district famous for nightlife in Lisbon , the Bom O Mau EO Vilão (“The good, the bad and the ugly”) is a cocktail bar divided into small spaces. Come here to enjoy a good drink, live music and DJ performances.
(Commercial Center Martim Moniz, Praca Martim Moniz, Lisboa) Open from Sunday to Wednesday from 12.45 to 24.00, from Thursday to Saturday from 12.00 to 2.00.
Located at the top of the Centro Comercial do Martim Moniz , the Topo is a fantastic rooftop bar and restaurant that has great views over Lisbon. Topo is a lounge bar and a privileged restaurant. The place is known for its premium cocktails, but certainly also for its great food: a great mix of Portuguese and international dishes.
(Jardim 9 de Abril nº18/20, Lisboa) Open Monday to Saturday from 12.30 to 24.00, Sunday from 12.30 to 24.00.
Le Chat is a rooftop bar and restaurant in Lisbon overlooking the river. Its elegant modern design combined with a relaxed atmosphere, live music and absolutely delicious cocktails will captivate you. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you sip your cocktail and you will understand why the locals consider Le Chat one of Lisbon's best kept secrets.
(R. da Misericórdia 14, Edifício Espaço Chiado, Lisboa) Open Tuesday to Thursday from 19.00 to 1.30, Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 4.00.
The Silk Club is a great place to start the night before diving into Lisbon's nightlife . This cocktail bar, club and restaurant located in one of the tallest buildings in the historic district of Chiado offers a breathtaking 270-degree panorama of the city, all immersed in a sophisticated, modern and luxurious environment. Let yourself be carried away by the wonderful skyline of Lisbon and enjoy a unique moment of relaxation before starting the evening.
(Alto de São Francisco 21, Lisboa) Open Monday to Friday 18.00 to 3.00, Saturday 21.00 to 3.00.
Open for more than 40 years, the Procópio is a historic bar in Lisbon, famous for being frequented by journalists and political figures in the 80s. With a cozy and intimate atmosphere, a piano that serves as a table, shelves with sculptures and busts, the bar looks like a parody of the “Pavilhão Chinês” . This bar is ideal for chatting in a quiet environment and surrounded by Art Nouveau furnishings.
(Calçada do Duque 51, Lisboa) Open Sunday to Wednesday 16.00 to 24.00, Thursday 16.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 16.00 to 2.00.
The Duque Brewpub is a brewery specializing exclusively in Portuguese craft beers. It's a must try place that offers a wide choice of draft and bottled beers. The Duque is a very humble looking bar, with wooden furniture and warm, dim lighting.
Clube da Esquina
(R. da Barroca 30, Lisboa) Open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 19.30 to 00.30, Friday and Saturday from 19.30 to 2.00.
Clube da Esquina is a very popular bar, known for serving the best mojitos in Lisbon.