Posts About 'Nightlife'

“Artis” – Lisbon’s Newest Wine Bar is One of Its Oldest

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Bar Artis, Bairro Alto, Lisboa

“B’Artis” was one of Bairro Alto‘s trendiest bars in the 1980s, and after closing for renovation last year, it’s back with a new look and name. It has dropped the B and is now simply called “Artis,” while also concentrating more on wine — all Portuguese wines. The wooden interior has been maintained, and decorating the walls are some classic/vintage objects and a few musical instruments. It has always been known for its jazz soundtrack, and that continues to be heard along with chill-out sounds. The wine can be served by the glass starting at 3 euros, but if you prefer beer that’s just 2 euros. It also serves “petiscos” (snacks or Portuguese-style “tapas”), with the toasted chicken sandwich being the most popular over the years. Those “petiscos” range in price between €4.90 and €9.90, and according to the chalkboard list placed outside, they include the traditional Portuguese “caldo verde” (known in English as “green soup”).  You may also order a cheese or hams plate and sample some Portuguese liquors such as port and ginginha.
The bar closes at 2AM except on Fridays and Saturdays when it stays open until 3AM along with all the other bars in the neighborhood. The address is Rua do Diário de Noticias, 95.

Lisbon Restaurant Week, February-March 2010

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Lisboa Restaurant Week

Following on from the May 2009 and October 2009 editions we told you about here, the Lisbon restaurant Week starts again tomorrow in its third edition and goes on until 6th March.

This iniciative, originated in New York 16 years ago and implemented in many other capitals since, allows diners to sample gourmet dishes at Lisbon’s top restaurants for the excellent price of 20 euros per person (drinks not included). For every client, 1€ is then donated to charity.

Thus the objective of Lisboa Restaurant Week is to help different charities and provide easy access to quality dining, and participating restaurants in this edition once again include Casa da Comida, Conventual, Cop’3, Eleven, Gemelli, Mezzaluna, Olivier, and XL, amongst many more (full list below).

For this edition, and to commemorate the Peixe em Lisboa event to be held in April, participating restaurants will also offer a special fish dish option for 25 euros.

See the full list of restaurants below, and if you’re not in Lisbon during the next 2 weeks, don’t worry, you can still check out our Lisbon restaurants guide for other excellent dining recommendations.

1. Ad Lib
2. Alecrim às Flores
3. Associação Naval de Lisboa
4. Brasserie Flo Lisboa
5. Bubbly
6. Casa da Comida
7. Clara Jardim Restaurante
8. Coffee Shop do Real
9. Coisas de Comer
10. Conventual
11. Cop’3
12. Eleven
13. Faz Figura
14. Flores
15. Fontana Park Hotel- Restaurante Bonsai
16. Fontana Park Hotel- Saldanha Mar
17. Gemelli
18. Guarda Real- Hotéis Real Portugal
19. Il Gattopardo
20. Kais
21. L’Appart
22. Lapa
23. Mezzaluna
24. Momento Gourmet
25. Olivier Café
26. Panorama- Sheraton Lisbon Hotel
27. Petra Rio
28. Pratus
29. Quinta dos Frades by Chakall
30. Restaurante Aviz
31. Restaurante El Corte Inglés
32. Sessenta
33. Sofisticato
34. Spot Lx
35. Spot São Luiz
36. Suite- Food and Dance
37. Tágide
38. Terraço
39. Varanda
40. Varanda de Lisboa
41. Vela Latina
42. XL

More info at

Los Angeles Times: Lisbon is the City that Rarely Yawns

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Lisbon club
Gadi Harel, Los Angeles Times

This weekend’s Los Angeles Times travel section highlights Lisbon and its nightlife. It finds that although “New York is the city that never sleeps, Lisbon is the city that rarely yawns.” The author starts the evening at the cafés in Chiado, then moves on to try the famous seafood restaurants of Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, Gambrinus and Solmar. The after-dinner destination is of course the Bairro Alto district where “it’s suddenly Mardi Gras,” or Los Angeles’ “Sunset Strip as a block party on a Saturday night.” Also recommended is the city’s “plaintive, melancholy sound” in Alfama‘s Fado restaurants, which seems to be “back in vogue with the younger set.” As everyone else does, the final destination of the night is the riverfront club Lux, where it’s time for dancing or star-gazing at the rooftop terrace until morning.
You can read the entire article at the Los Angeles Times website: In Lisbon the Night is Forever Young

“Matiz Pombalina” – A Quintessential Lisbon Bar

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Matiz Pombalina Bar, Lisbon

Located between the young and hip Santos district and residential, aristocratic Lapa, Matiz Pombalina is a new bar to be discovered, especially during the winter days when the outdoor cafés become less attractive and you prefer to be indoors. It’s a quintessential Lisbon bar: somewhat hidden off the beaten path, but a wonderful surprise offering the elegance of the past combined with modern touches. The building and the name recall the Pombaline era, the second half of the 18th century when Marquês de Pombal rebuilt Lisbon after the Great Earthquake of 1755. The furnishings are classic and colorful, the cocktails are 21st century (there is one called “Obama”), and the ambience is perfect for a late-afternoon or late-night cocktail. It’s a bar for chatting and drinking, and where smokers are still welcome, in a separate area. The walls are also used for an art exhibition and on the patio where smoking is allowed is a reproduction of an 18th century tile panel.
In the air are jazzy sounds, soul, or bossa nova.
It opens from 6PM to 2AM from Tuesday to Saturday, and the space may also be rented for private events.

Address: Rua das Trinas, 25
Phone: 21 404 37 03

Just Opened: Lisbon’s First Raw Food Restaurant – “Stephens Cru Bar”

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

UPDATE: This restaurant has closed.

There has been a new kind of restaurant opening around the world in the last few years, and it’s just arrived in Lisbon. That type of restaurant is one where only raw food is served and Lisbon’s first is called “Stephens Cru Bar.” It’s found in the Chiado district, in a building formerly occupied by a shop, with 18th-century stone walls and arches. Those are the only things of the past, as the décor and the menu were created for modern palates. The space also includes a bar area, while the restaurant dining area is divided between two levels.
The hoped ambiance is that of a lounge-restaurant for groups to meet for drinks and/or share a few dishes to the sound of background music (there is a live DJ on weekends).
On the menu you’ll find anything that can be eaten raw (the exception being the rice that completes the sushi). So there are carpaccios, salads, and of course the sushi, as well as cocktails for those who just want to chill out with a drink.
However, those who prefer their food straight out of the oven have the “Alecrim Às Flores” restaurant next door which belongs to the same team, and serves a mixture of Mediterranean and traditional Portuguese cuisine.

Address: Rua das Flores, 8
Phone: 21 324 0224
Hours: 7:30PM-1:30AM Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays)

“Cocktail 88” Review: A Cocktail Bar… With No Cocktails

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Cocktail 88, Lisboa

It looks like a cool, attractive place judging from the website, and it has been featured in a couple of local publications, including “Time Out Lisboa.” So I decided to check out “Cocktail 88” last night and judge it for myself so that I could then add it to our recommendations at GoLisbon. “Cocktail 88” is a relatively new cocktail bar just around the corner from the city’s cathedral, and with a 7PM opening time, sounded like a great pre-dinner cocktail destination. I was going to a restaurant in the neighborhood, so I finally visited this bar with some pretty high expectations. Perhaps because I had been sold on it being such a cool new place, my high expectations only led to my biggest disappointment at a Lisbon bar so far.
We were given the same long list of cocktails that is seen on the website, and made our selections. Apparently they were the wrong ones because they could not be served due to a lack of one of their ingredients. We made other choices, and again — not available. So my friend simply asked for the Cosmopolitan but was told she couldn’t have that either because it had cranberry juice and they had run out of it. Just the lack of cranberry juice knocked down a huge number of other possible choices.  And we couldn’t have anything with grapefruit juice either. And no martinis. So although the list is pretty long and tempting, we gave up and thought it was just easier to ask what they did have. Our waitress then suggested a mojito and a caipirinha — basically something we could have at any of the small Bairro Alto bars. Apparently that’s the only thing they could serve because those were exactly the options written on the wall behind the counter as some sort of “daily specials.” So that’s what we had. The other house specialty is sushi, but we were obviously afraid to ask.  The waitress justified the lack of cocktail options with the fact that they were going through “inventory” and that in August they’ll have everything again.  That poor excuse sounded like a restaurant saying “I’m sorry we don’t have any of the dishes on the menu, but we can still offer you a couple of appetizers!…”
As my friend and I agreed, when a business can not offer its main service, it’s perhaps a good idea to shut down for a few days, pretend to go on vacation, and only reopen when it’s back on track.  By providing only a very limited part of its service it risks having negative word-of-mouth ruin the business.
Cocktail 88 could be a very welcomed addition to the city’s bar scene, and especially in its neighborhood. But perhaps it should learn something from Kuta not too far away, which is the cocktail bar I’ll return to whenever I’m in that part of town. Cocktail 88 will only be given another try when I hear anyone say it actually serves cocktails.
It’s sad to see a business with such great potential be ruined by obviously very bad management.  And it wouldn’t hurt having a couple of bills in their cash register either. I was given 10 euros of change, all in 1-euro coins. I didn’t mind because it’s actually convenient to carry smaller change in your wallet, but I found it sad that to the very last minute, my entire time at Cocktail 88 was with the waitress apologizing for something. In the end, I am the one sorry to say I can not recommend “Cocktail 88” and what could have become a place to return to several times with different people, is not one I’ll be heading to anytime soon, simply because I literally have no reason to!

Nightlife’s a Beach – Lisbon’s New “K Urban Beach”

Monday, July 20th, 2009

K Urban Beach, Lisboa

For those of you who just can’t get away from the shore day or night during the summer, there has always been the Tamariz beach club by the beach of the same name in Estoril just outside Lisbon. Others prefer the beaches of Costa da Caparica to the south and stay at their bars after the sun goes down. But since last week there is a beach bar/club right in the center of the capital. It is found on the riverfront in the Santos district, right next to the restaurant “Kais.”  It’s called “K Urban Beach,” with the “K” in the name coming from “Grupo K,” the team behind some of Lisbon’s hottest clubs and restaurants (Kremlin, Kapital, Kais…), as well as Kubo, a bar that heat up Lisbon’s nights for the past two summers and that we told you about last year: Magic Kubo
Kubo will return as a permanent venue later this year, so its seasonal substitute is this”urban beach” which is essentially everything that made Kubo a success, plus some sand. There are two bars, a dance floor, and a dining area serving light meals, all before the long chairs and tables over the sand. The DJs are some of the ones that mix at other “K” clubs, and the music will be spinning until 4AM every day of the week. The opening time is 6PM, so head on to the beach by the Tagus and have a drink with your feet in the sand right after work or following a full day of sightseeing.

Old is the New New in Lisbon

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Taberna do Chiado, LisbonWe’ve told you about Lisbon’s new kiosk cafes serving long-forgotten drinks, but that’s just one example of how the city is nostalgic for what it has always done best over time. The same owner of those kiosks is also responsible for “A Vida Portuguesa,” a shop selling Portuguese products that every Lisboeta remembers from their grandmother’s house and tourists love for their authenticity. In fact, shops bringing the traditional to modern times are a new trend, as in the case of the new Jimmy Portuguese Styleshop that we also told you about recently.
Then there are the restaurants which are bringing back the “taberna” and “tasca” spirit. Those roughly translate to “tavern” and a traditional, very informal, usually family-owned neighborhood restaurant serving home-style cooking. The new tabernas and tascas place traditional touches in contemporary spaces and serve slightly more refined versions of classic Portuguese dishes. One of them is Taberna Ideal in the Santos district (Rua da Esperança 112-114), only a few months old but that is packed every night by crowds sharing traditional dishes and some excellent desserts. It has a very welcoming and relaxed ambience, which is also what Taberna do Chiado is hoping for. Also a few months old, this restaurant is located in the city’s trendiest neighborhood (Calçada Nova de São Francisco 2A), but instead of fusion cuisine it serves time-tested Portuguese dishes in a very contemporary-designed space. That formula apparently works, and the same owner has taken over an old “tasca” in Bairro Alto, transforming it into a new bar serving tapas-sized food as you drink. The name is “Tendinha da Atalaia” (Rua da Atalaia, 4), and you can listen to loungy sounds as you take bites of cheeses, prawns, or sausages, and have a beer, wiskey, or a wide range of alcoholic beverages. The decor was kept simple, adding only the names of Lisbon’s poets throughout much of the walls.
Yet another new old-is-new space is Tasca da Esquina, a restaurant in the Campo de Ourique neighborhood, on a corner where the popular “tourist tram 28” passes by towards the end of its journey. The man behind it is Vitor Sobral, a well-known chef who’s been at the acclaimed Terreiro do Paço restaurant downtown which is temporarily closed due to the construction works in Comercio Square. At this new restaurant, Sobral transforms “petiscos” (a Portuguese equivalent of the Spanish tapas) into full-blown dishes and serves them in a sophisticated yet informal environment.
While contemporary spaces offering fusion cuisine or the biggest international fashion labels quickly become favorites among the city’s hippest and youngest crowds, these new businesses offering a taste of a more authentic past are gaining an equal number of fans. And for tourists they are even more attractive, as they can be the quintessential Lisbon experiences.

Sushill Out in Alfama

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Sushill Out - Ultima Sé, LisbonGo Lisbon has already recommended Ultima Sé bar by the city’s cathedral in Alfama for quite some time. But it has now been renovated and if you haven’t yet discovered it, now is the time. It’s been renamed to Sushill Out – Ultima Sé, but the same laid-back ambience has been maintained, and the only difference is that the delicious sushi has been given extra attention.
The building dates from the late 19th century and includes a medieval wall that once surrounded Lisbon. The proximity to the cathedral has also inspired many of the details of the decor, which you can admire as you enjoy the sushi which is imaginatively and artistically presented on your plate. It also offers good wines and cheeses if you’re not a fan of sushi and just want to go for drinks at night (interestingly, there is also a varied selection of teas). It closes at 1AM (opens at 6:30PM and has the day off on Mondays), and in the background are always jazz and chill out sounds.

Le Marais Café-Bar: A Piece of Paris Arrives in Lisbon

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Le Marais Cafe-Bar, Lisbon
A slice of one of Paris’ most charming neighborhoods has just opened in one of the most charming Lisbon districts. Found down the street from the Santa Catarina viewpoint, Le Marais Cafe-Bar opened this weekend as a hangout for the afternoon, and a place to relax in the evening. It offers comfortable sofas and chill-out music to invite you to stay and drink, or even have something to eat. It serves French specialties such as croque-monsieur (a grilled cheese and ham sandwich), French cheese plates, salads, and desserts, as well as wine by the glass although you may also order a bottle (and yes, champagne is one of the options). If you’re showing up for drinks after dinner you may also go for the cocktails and the one to try is the “Le Marais” made with champagne.
Try it as an alternative to the bars nearby in Bairro Alto and Bica and it will likely become a favorite.

Rua de Santa Catarina, 28
12PM-2AM (4AM on Fridays and Saturdays)