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Clubs and nightclubs: where to go out in Lisbon

2 years ago - Julie D.

The nightlife in Lisbon is active and passionate. Everyone meets for dinner or to have a drink (see our addresses of the trendiest restaurants in Lisbon, the best bars and rooftops) and enjoy the long evenings once the season allows it. Like its cousin the Madrilenian movida, the Lisbon night is an important part of Portuguese culture - another "popular tradition" to enjoy, to dance until the end of the night! The night in Lisbon begins and ends late. Not that many people in the clubs before two or even three in the morning. While waiting for the dance tracks to fill up, we have plenty of time to dine, then stroll from bar to bar along the alleys of Bairro Alto, the party district. The clubs of the Portuguese capital each have their own unique atmosphere. Many have opened their doors in old warehouses in the dock area, Cais do Sodré. Everyone will find music to their taste: the latest hits on which we dance all summer, or on the contrary sets of very good DJs, going through jazz, electro or world music - even black metal: we go out at night in Lisbon according to one’s musical tastes. And nothing prohibits plundering, a night here, a night there, a "before" mainstream, an "after" more alternative. To go clubbing in Lisbon, all the excuses are good. So, let's not be sectarian - we can relate to unknown musical genres out of curiosity, because that's part of the discoveries of the trip! Queen of clubs: LuxFrágil, to see and to be seen Fat Boy Slim played here, and John Malkovich is one of the owners ... LuxFrágil is regularly in first place in the rankings of places to go clubbing in Lisbon. This huge club, on three floors, is the nec-plus-ultra: from the roof terrace overlooking the Tagus, for a breath of fresh air on hot nights, to the techno basement, lit by stroboscopes which flash to the rhythm of the music, it is the club where one goes to see and to be seen. It crosses the lisboet jet-set, but beware, whoever says exclusive says selection at the entrance. This is the opportunity to get on your 31st with your best clothing: this is where the "beautiful people" meet. The decor changes regularly, and the temptation of excess is never far: giant screens, giant armchairs, giant globes hanging from the ceiling. We go there in the wee hours, around 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. LuxFragil - Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazem A, Cais da Pedra a Sta. Apolonia, 1950 - 376 Lisbon. African music for connoisseurs: B.Leza Since 2012 and its move to a former warehouse of the docks, B.Leza knows a beautiful rebirth. This is THE legendary club of African music, for aficionados of swaying rhythms. The happy few who master the demanding hips of the Angolan and Cape Verdean music, kizomba, semba and funaná, will come to enjoy it, especially during very popular workshops. The DJs and live music orchestras are all excellent and promise nights with communicative energy. Once a month, fado party; Sunday evening, kizomba lessons from 19h, and kizomba evening until 2am. B.Leza - Cais da Ribeira Nova, Armazem B, 1200-109 Lisbon - open from Wednesday to Sunday The big Classics: Incógnito, Ministerium They are also regularly mentioned among the best clubs, Incógnito and Ministerium are great classics on the course of clubs and nightclubs in Lisbon. Incógnito, the oldest club in Lisbon, has been opened continuously since 1988, nothing less. Alternative rock and synthpop eighties, the musical choices are indie. Inside, a mezzanine overlooks the dance floor, while above, a loft with a second bar offers a space to catch one's breath. Here too, the selection at the entrance can be a niggling thing. True to its name, the club is not named outside, so find the address and ring. Incógnito - Rua Poiais of Sao Bento 37 (Bairro Alto), 1200-346 Lisbon Ministerium, on the Praça do Comércio, owes its name to the fact that it has settled in an old building of the Ministry of Finance, and carries with glamor its 18th century architecture. But beware, Ministerium is a club only on Saturday night. During the day, its restaurant (Cantina) serves refined meals for lunch and dinner. Ministerium - Terreiro do Paço, 1100-038 Lisbon - Club on Saturday from 23h to 6h The sulfurous charm of an old brothel: Pensão Amor This club bar opened its doors in an old brothel and does not hesitate to remind it. The decor, pin-up posters, red velvet and fringes with shades, is in the theme, and at the bottom of the club, hidden from view, is even a discreet sex-shop ... In a hushed and relaxed atmosphere, we come for a drink and enjoy a varied program: concerts (jazz, solo artists), burlesque cabaret, pole dancing. Pensão Amor - Rua do Alecrim 19, 1200-292 Lisbon For the nostalgic of the 80s, two unusual addresses Interested in dancing away to tunes of the summer? For nostalgic of the New Wave of the 80s, Club Noir specializes in eighties music: indie, indietronic, synthwave, retrowave, different currents are honored every Saturday night. On Friday, however, heavy metal and hardrock. All in a surprising setting: Club Noir has invested the vaulted cellars of the former tropical club Bora-Bora, and has kept the decor a little kitsch ... Club Noir- Rua da Madalena 201, 1100 Lisbon - Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 23h to 4h Another club that has nothing to do with mainstream music, and who cares little to be taxed as corny, Metropolis focuses on the "dark scene": post-punk, goth, darkwave and harsh elektro find their fans here. The club regularly organizes Depeche Mode or Guns'n'Roses parties, as well as Rockline Tribe and Vanguarda parties (see their events on Facebook). Metropolis Club - Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo 35, 1050 - 118 - In the 2nd basement of the Imaviz building (green building next to the Sheraton) Here is the recipe for a successful Lisbon evening: spend as much time as you like relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Once dressed to the nines, refreshed and pampered, you are ready to go out to a club or a nightclub in Lisbon. It's time to step on the stage and make a big impression: on a holiday basis, add a spoon of curiosity, a hint of heat, several fresh beers or well-mixed cocktails, a generous swig of friendly conversations and laughter with a throat, a pinch of seduction, not to mention a hint of flirtation. Mix the whole thing up to the rhythm of the music (shake shake!) On the dance floor of your choice. To finish in style, all you have to do is go home in the early morning, tired but happy, your head slightly misty, greeting the sun rising on the Tagus.

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Clubs and nightclubs: where to go out in Lisbon

Clubs and nightclubs: where to go out in Lisbon

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Where to go out in Lisbon? The best bars in Lisbon

2 years ago - Julie D.

Lisbon welcomes partiers, night owls and other night birds with open arms. In the different districts of the city, from the Bairro Alto to the old docks, the bars follow each other and are not alike. From the trendiest to the most historic, here are some of the best bars in Lisbon, those where it will be good to linger until the end of the night. The best decorated bar: Pavilhão Chinês The "Chinese Pavilion" owes its name to the traditional grocery store that occupied the premises until 1986. This famous bar has been established for a long time in Lisbon and its reputation is second to none. We would pass by it almost without stopping in front of its discreet facade at the street level, but once we are inside, it's magic: we enter a maze of rooms with walls covered with windows, and on the old grocery shelves are accumulated thousand and one motley items. Toys, military insignia, old advertisements, a whole world of strange nostalgia rushes behind the shop windows that once housed packets of rice and sugar. The Art Deco ceiling moldings add to the intimate and offbeat atmosphere. We settle on comfortable benches and let ourselves be carried away by the magic of the place. Old posters, articulated dolls, all these objects are the private collection of the former owner of the premises, Luis Pinto Coelho: collector since his youth, he decided to use his pieces to decorate the bar at its opening. The bar regularly hosts fado nights. Pavilhão Chinês - Rua Dom Pedro V 89, 1250-093 - Tel.: +351 21 342 4729 - open every day from 18h to 2h in the morning. The best falsely clandestine bar: Red Frog Speakeasy Bar Ranked among the 50 best bars in the world in 2017, the Red Frog serves great cocktails in a well-designed decor, low upholstered armchairs and small round tables lit by candlelight. The presentation of the beverages has been carefully considered. The small red frogs are found on some flasks, flower petals and dried fruit decorate other creations. The card tells you if the cocktail is sweet, fruity, bitter ... Will you be tempted by their "Provocative Agent "? The cocktail with subtle flavors is a blend of Hendrick's gin, rhubarb, pink pepper and kombucha. To enter the bar, you must ring - you will recognize the address to the red frog that overcomes the bell, is not it convenient? Red Frog Speakeasy Bar - Rua do Salitre 5A, 1250-198 - Tel.: +351 21 583 1120 - open from 18h to 2h, until 3h on Fridays and Saturdays, closed on Sundays. The best bar that is not one: Wine with a View This is a very original bar terrace. We climb the heights of Saõ Jorge Castle under the crushing sun ... And once at the top, we would like to cool off the throat! Wine with a View is waiting for you: in the artfully renovated 1965 Famel scooter, Isabel, Ivo or Teresa offer you Portuguese wine by the glass. You can enjoy a little vinho verde or a ginjinha in front of one of the most beautiful panoramas of the city. A unique and relaxing way to discover authentic wines, ideal for ending the afternoon and gently transition to the evening. Wine with a View - Saõ Jorge Castle and Torre de Belém - From 11h to 18h at the castle, from 11h to 17h in Belém. The best bar full of history: A Parodia In a superb Art Deco setting, the bar A Parodia is, like the Pavilhão Chinês, an institution of the Lisbon night. Opened in 1974 two days after the Carnation Revolution, the one that precipitated the fall of the dictatorship, A Parodia was named in honor of a famous satirical newspaper of the early 20th century. Velvet benches and tables in marquetry, the atmosphere is refined and vintage. Sip Portuguese wines and a beautiful menu of sixty cocktails (cold - or hot, for those who visit Lisbon in winter). The owner, Filipa, is the soul of the place, and is happy to answer questions about the history of her bar and its city. At Parodia - Rua do Patrocinio 26B, 1350-230 - Tel.: +351 21 396 4724 - open daily from 21h to 2h - The bar is smoking. The best arts bar: Arte 8 Bar In Bairro Alto, in the heart of the night Lisbon, Arte 8 is a little gem of a bar. On the wall, the works of renowned Portuguese photographers. In the room, a great atmosphere, good music thanks to international DJs, and cocktails that make your head spin. In the evening, smart lighting plays the effects of light on the ceiling, to take advantage of the nice tassel chandelier that gives the room a bohemian touch. Arte 8 Bar - Travessa da espera 54 Lisboa, 1200-176 - Tel.: +351 935 555 541 - open from 8pm to 2am on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8pm to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. The best beer bar: LisBeer Hidden at the corner of an alley in the Alfama district, the LisBeer bar lives only for good beer - and good music. It offers, according to its friendly owners, the largest range of beers in the country! Imported beers from different countries, but also Portuguese microbreweries (Letra C, Dois Corvos), the fanatics of ale are enchanted, and comfortably fit in the big armchairs to taste their favorite juice. As for the undecided, the staff will be happy to recommend a beer according to their tastes and curiosities. LisBeer - Beco do Arco Escuro 1, 1100-016 - open from 4pm to 1am from Tuesday to Thursday, until 2am on Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday

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Where to go out in Lisbon? The best bars in Lisbon

Where to go out in Lisbon? The best bars in Lisbon

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Take some height in Lisbon: The best rooftops

3 years ago - Pauline P.

The advantage of being nicknamed "The city of seven hills", is that it is abound with panoramic and breathtaking views. Everywhere in Lisbon, after the effort is made to climb up a hill, all is well rewarded: dazzling views and the outlook on the horizon of red tile rooftops or the sparkling mouth of the Tagus. Follow our guide to the best rooftops of the Portuguese capital, for an evening with the stars... The Park Bar, hanging garden on a parking building Located on the 7th floor of a municipal parking building, The Park bar is not the easiest spot to find, but this just makes the experience more flavorful. Voted the best rooftop in the city on Tripadvisor, this hanging garden offers stunning views of the 25 de Abril Bridge and the Santa Catarina church. Outdoor cinemas or top notch DJ’s invest in the place for the night, you can enjoy burgers, light salads and white sangria. Park, Calçada Do Combro, 58 / from Monday to Saturday: 13h00-02h00 / Sunday: 13h00-20h00 Lost in, An Indian atmosphere in the heart of Lisbon A Change of scenery on the heights of the Principe Real neighborhood with the Lost In, that invites India on Lisbon's land. Mismatched furniture, colorful parasols, accomodating cushions make this a cozy terrace. The view of the hills and the Castelo de Sao Jorge is superb, and the cosmopolitan cuisine a surprise. Lost in Esplanada Bar, Rua D.Pedro V, 56 / Monday: 16h00-00h00 / From Tuesday to Saturday: 12h30-00h00 The Silk Club, The most exclusive terrace of the capital Member of "the world's finest clubs", the Silk Club is without doubt the most hyped terrace of Lisbon. Offering a 270° view over the city, its sophisticated atmosphere welcomes the Portuguese elite, the big bosses and stars of entertainement. The Japanese restaurant is very popular, events organized by the club as well as unavoidable rendez-vous of the jet-set of Lisbon are indeed, A must! Silk Club, Rua da Misericordia, 14 From Tuesday to Thursday 19H00 à 1h30 / Friday and Saturday: 19H00 à 04h00 (last entry at 2h30 a.m.) The BA Terrace, stunning views of the Bairro Alto At the top of the 5-star Bairro Alto hotel, in the district of the same name, the BA terrace is a must during any stay in Lisbon. Dominating the skyline of the historic center of Lisbon and offering a commanding view of the Tagus and the 25 de Abril Bridge, the place is ideal for a break in the afternoon or a romantic sunset. But get there early, the narrowness of the place makes it a very popular location and is regurlarly overcrowdeed. Terrace BA, Praça Luís de Camões, 2 / From Sunday to Thursday: from 10H30 to 22H / Friday and Saturday: from 10H30 to 1H / During Summer, from 10H30 to 1H00, everyday The Sky Bar, ambiance lounge and a unique view On the 9th floor of the 5-star Tivoli Hotel, the Sky Bar is a very comfortable lounge set around a lit bar overlooking the neighborhoods of Baixa and Castelo. The cocktail menu is very rich, the snacks one a bit reduced, but big appetites will be satisfied at the Terraço restaurant just on the side. DJ sets, theme parties and concerts, events succeed and undoubtedly make the Sky Bar one of the most impressive panoramic terraces of Lisbon. Sky Bar, Avenida da Liberdade, 185 / From April to September, 17h00 - 01h00 If this selection has seduced you, take some height and discover Lisbon differently...

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Take some height in Lisbon: The best rooftops

Take some height in Lisbon: The best rooftops