One of Lisbon’s most popular activities is bar-hopping through Bairro Alto or standing outside the bars of Cais do Sodré. As one of the top wine-producing countries in the world, Portugal also attracts tourists looking to discover its wines, so when in Lisbon, where to go for the local (and some international) drinks? Here are some suggestions:
MUSEU DA CERVEJA
It’s one of the several restaurants in Comércio Square, and it’s also a museum. Up the stairs by the entrance is a small space presenting the history of beer, from its production to consumption. The ground level is spacious and attractive, but most people look for the tables outside for a refreshing beer in the sun.
Restauradores Square, 64
With tables outside looking out to Restauradores Square, this beer house also specializes in steaks and traditional Portuguese foods that usually accompany the beer. There are international and Portuguese labels.
CHAMPANHARIA DO CAIS
Rua Nova do Carvalho
The new trend in town is champagne bars. A popular one is found on one of the most popular nightlife streets, serving champagne cocktails together with snacks.
CHAMPANHERIA DO LARGO
Largo da Anunciada, 20
This is reputedly the best champagne bar in Lisbon, located in a quiet corner by the Lavra funicular and Avenida da Liberdade. Along with the champagne and other sparkling wines, it also serves meals throughout the day, inside or outside.
LISBONITA GIN BAR
Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 18
Sharing the space of a restaurant serving Iberia food (“Taberna Moderna”), this bar by the famous Casa dos Bicos was the first to focus exclusively on gin. There are almost 70 varieties, mixed with different and exotic ingredients, from fruits to flowers.
VESTIGIUS WINE & GIN
Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, Armazém A, 17
It’s one of the city’s best and most attractive wine bars, but this former warehouse on the waterfront is now also a gin bar. Together with a huge list of all kinds of wines, there is now also gin to be enjoyed late into the night.
GINGINHA DO CARMO
Calçada do Carmo, 37
Hidden in a corner by Rossio Station, this is one of several tiny spots in the city serving the cherry liqueur known as “ginginha.” Locals and tourists pass by day and night for a shot of this sweet and strong drink, sometimes served in a small chocolate cup.
SOLAR DO VINHO DO PORTO
Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, 45
For many people, Portuguese wine is synonymous with Port. Of course Portugal is a major wine-producing country with all kinds of wines, but Port remains its most famous. Although it’s a product from the city of Porto, you may sample the different types in Lisbon, at this mansion from the 1700s facing one of the city’s most beautiful terraces, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.
SABORES DA MADEIRA
Rua do Outro, 279
After Port, Portugal’s second most-internationally-known wine is probably that of Madeira
. But that Portuguese island also offers another alcoholic specialty, the “poncha.” It’s a mix of brandy, lemon and honey, and in Lisbon you may try it at this spot downtown offering all that is special from Madeira to eat and drink.
Rua de São Julião, 27
If you’re in Lisbon on a colder day, why not have a glass of hot wine? It’s served at this bar recreating medieval Lisbon, offering drinks and snacks such as Portuguese sausages and cheeses on candle-lit wooden tables.
Rua do Diário de Notícias, 95
For different types of Portuguese wines, from red to “green,” head to this very popular bar in Bairro Alto. In business since the 1980s, its tables get filled up quickly, so show up early at night, for glasses or bottles of the national labels.
Rua de São Nicolau, 24
Here it’s all about the wines from Portugal’s Douro Valley, the world’s first demarcated wine region. The interior is small but attractive, and there are also tables outside. Cheeses, sausages and bruschettas accompany the drinks.
WINE BAR DO CASTELO
Rua Bartolomeu Gusmão, 13
This is a favorite of tourists, since it’s found by the castle. The staff invites you to relax, recommending dozens of choices of Portuguese reds and whites served by the glass.