“K” Marks Lisbon’s Newest Nightspots

Kuta Bar, LisbonSure there’s no “K” in the Portuguese language, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at Lisbon’s top bars and clubs — about half a dozen of them start with that letter. For most of them, that’s because they belong to “Grupo K,” the company behind some of the city’s most sophisticated hotspots, from Kubo (already recommended here on GoLisbon Blog) to the Kais restaurant — but the most recent opening in the city is another story.

Kuta is an Indonesian-inspired lounge and cocktail bar in the Alfama district, opened by two Parisians who wanted to create in Lisbon a special place similar in ambience to those they worked at in Paris. The name is that of a town in Bali known for its exotic beach, and it was from there that many of the furnishings came from. You’ll be surrounded by its huge statues as you sip cocktails at between €6.50 and 8 euros each, while on Sundays you have the option of a special brunch between 11AM and 6PM. Its location is in one of the most pleasant areas in the city, found just steps from the city’s cathedral and around the corner from Rua São João da Praça, home to a couple of Lisbon’s most special cafes and restaurants.

Another “K” that’s not new but renovated is the legendary “Kapital.” Now 16 years old and with a reputation for fashionable crowds and exclusive parties, it was closed for two years, but just reopened a few weeks ago. I only went there once, and that was a few years ago when I had just moved to Lisbon, after receiving invitations for its private party of the “Cats” production that was passing by the city that year. The space was attractive, but the ambience not so much (made up of mostly pretentious yuppie thirty-somethings and wannabes looking to see and be seen and not so much to enjoy themselves). I didn’t return, and haven’t seen its recent incarnation, but apparently it’s more high-tech and with a brand new décor. The music and the space remains the same, though — pop, house, techno, and funk in different floors and a popular terrace where you can chill out and smoke. Be prepared for a very selective door staff.

For all of Lisbon’s best bars and clubs, see GoLisbon’s nightlife guide.