Sure thereâ€™s no â€œKâ€ in the Portuguese language, but you wouldnâ€™t know it by looking at Lisbonâ€™s top bars and clubs — about half a dozen of them start with that letter. For most of them, thatâ€™s because they belong to â€œGrupo K,â€ the company behind some of the cityâ€™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. Youâ€™ll be surrounded by its huge statues as you sip cocktails at between â‚¬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 cityâ€™s cathedral and around the corner from Rua SÃ£o JoÃ£o da PraÃ§a, home to a couple of Lisbonâ€™s most special cafes and restaurants.
Another â€œKâ€ thatâ€™s not new but renovated is the legendary â€œKapital.â€ 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 â€œCatsâ€ 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 didnâ€™t return, and havenâ€™t seen its recent incarnation, but apparently itâ€™s more high-tech and with a brand new dÃ©cor. 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 Lisbonâ€™s best bars and clubs, see GoLisbonâ€™s nightlife guide.