Lisbon’s Best Rooftop Bars

Entretanto - Rooftop bar in LisbonIn a city so stunningly sited down a number of hills towards a river, you know there have to be some fantastic views here and here. That’s true in Lisbon, with its number of terraces and gardens created as viewpoints to admire the city. But there are also buildings lucky enough to have been built in a place with an unobstructed view over the city, and they make good use of it.  Some of them are luxury apartments, others are hotels, others are restaurants. Others, following a worldwide trend, are rooftop bars. These are the best ones in Lisbon:

SILK
Opened only a few months ago, this bar has a 360º view of Lisbon from its 6th floor penthouse location in Chiado (Rua da Misericordia, 14). The views can be admired from the interior through its glass windows, or in the open air on the terrace. Take a look at the illuminated castle at night as you enjoy a bottle of champagne or a cocktail. This bar aims to be Lisbon’s most exclusive night spot, so getting in is the hard part. You either have to wait your turn in the already long guestlist, or if you’re a guest in one of the city’s top-end hotels, they can squeeze you in for one night.

ENTRETANTO at Regency Chiado
Open to everyone down the street around the corner from Silk is the Entretanto Bar, found at the top of the Regency Chiado Hotel. You can sit inside in the comfortable living room-style space, or step into the terrace that overlooks all of Baixa with the castle standing directly in front of you. You may order a drink or a light meal, or simply come for coffee or tea in the afternoon.

THE TERRACE at Bairro Alto Hotel
Go up Rua Garrett from outside Regency Chiado and you’ll arrive in Camões Square. It’s overlooked by the Bairro Alto Hotel, one of the most talked-about in Lisbon. Not only does it serve some fine cuisine at its “Flores” restaurant on the lower level, but its bar on the 6th floor has a beautiful panoramic view of the city. You’ll be standing parallel to the river, seeing the multitude of colors of the buildings descending the hill towards it as you have a light meal (the salads are excellent) or a refreshing drink. It’s also a great place for a drink after dinner, with the moon reflecting on the river and 25 de Abril Bridge.

2 Responses to “Lisbon’s Best Rooftop Bars”

  1. Go Lisbon Blog » Blog Archive » The Year in Review: The Best and Worst of Lisbon in 2008 Says:

    […] Silk Lisbon’s most exclusive hotspot opened early in the year and in less than 12 months is already the talk of the town, especially among those curious to check what it’s all about but can’t get on the restrictive guestlist. If you’re staying at an upmarket hotel, you may very well be one of the lucky few. You’ll find an elegant space, a sophisticated ambience, high-priced drinks, and views of every corner of Lisbon. […]

  2. Steve Says:

    I was at silk on saturday night and was able to get in. It’s one of the best places I’ve been to without a doubt – mixing with the Lisbon jet set!