UPDATE: This restaurant has closed.
Despite the apparent economic crisis that you hear about on the news all the time, new businesses keep trying their luck. In Lisbon, the Bairro Alto district is still the place for that, and recently there was a new restaurant opening offering something special to make you relax and forget your troubles: in addition to being an attractive eatery, “Bubbly” is also a sparkling wine bar. You can have champagne or sparkling wine on your glass, but youâ€™ll also see it listed as part of the sauce in a couple of the main dishes.
The space is small with an intimate atmosphere enhanced by low lighting and red tones, and because there are only about two dozen seats, it is recommended that you book a table in advance if you go on a weekend (phone: +351 Â 21 155 6042).
If you choose to order some starters, note that they are a little expensive at â‚¬ 8,60 to 13,80 each, while the entrees go from average to above-average-priced. There are pastas and risottos (from 10 to about 17 euros each), fish and seafood (from 14 to 19 euros) and meat dishes (from 15 to 19 euros) to choose from, and about a handful of pleasing desserts, with a couple of them including a few drops of champagne or sparkling wine, of course. Almost everything is Mediterranean-inspired, and the wine list will offer those â€œespumantesâ€ (sparkling wines) to go along with it.
If youâ€™re looking for a place to unwind in the afternoon, it also serves Spanish-style tapas starting at 5PM until 7:30PM, while for dinner you can stay until 2AM.
(For more restaurant options in the city, see GoLisbon’s Lisbon restaurant guide.)
Address: Rua da Barroca, 106 (Bairro Alto)
Closed on Sundays