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Chilling out with a drink

There's a wide range of bars and pubs in Lisbon, and visitors should not leave the city without doing some bar-hopping in Bairro Alto. Whether you're looking for a traditional wine bar or a sleek rooftop for a cocktail, there is a place for you.

Practically every bar serves imperial (draught beer of the Portuguese "Sagres" or "Super Bock" brands), usually costing less than 2 euros, while the increasingly popular caipirinhas and caipiroscas average about 3 euros. Cocktails are more expensive, the best of which are found at Cinco Lounge. To try local drinks, go into A Ginginha in late afternoon or sample port at Solar do Vinho do Porto. For a unique experience, look into Pavilhão Chines (also the best place to sit and chat).
More information on these and other places is found below.

Artis Bar, Lisbon

ARTIS

Rua do Diario de Noticias, 95-97, Bairro Alto

A cozy wine bar with wooden furnishings that give it a decades-old ambience. It serves a variety of "petiscos" (Portuguese "tapas") and wines.

Bebedouro, Lisbon

BEBEDOURO

Rua de São Nicolau, 24 - Baixa

This small wine bar found right in the heart of downtown is an attractive spot to try the wines from Portugal’s Douro region. It also has tables outside, and to accompany the wine you have the choice of different specialties from northern Portugal, from cheeses to the sausages.

By the Wine, Lisbon

BY THE WINE

Rua das Flores, 41-43 - Chiado

The wines served here are from around Lisbon, or more specifically from Azeitão to the south of the city. It’s run by a company founded in 1834, so you can expect good quality wines. They may be served by the wine and go together with Iberian “petiscos” (tapas). The arched space with thousands of bottles covering the ceiling was made to look like a wine cellar, and is divided into different rooms.

Champanharia do Cais, Lisbon

CHAMPANHARIA DO CAIS

Rua Nova do Carvalho - Cais do Sodré

This bar in one of the city’s main nightlife streets specializes in champagne cocktails. Like its neighboring bars it has tables outside, and attracts a mix of locals and tourists.

Cinco Lounge Bar, Lisbon

CINCO LOUNGE

Rua Ruben A. Leitão, 17-A, Principe Real, (www.cincolounge.com)

One of the city's coolest spots with a relaxed yet sophisticated environment. It's run by an experienced team that's worked on Michelin-starred restaurants and Relais & Chateaux hotels, so the decor and service is expectedly top-notch. It serves strikingly original cocktails using fresh fruits as well as good snacks and sushi. Not the most inexpensive nightspot in the city, but highly recommended.

, Lisbon

THE GEORGE

Rua do Crucifixo, 58 - Baixa

Inspired by British gastropubs, this bar serves drinks and meals. It’s a beautiful dimly-lit space with 18th-century arches, and offers several choices of gin, cocktails and Portuguese wines. Television screens usually show football (soccer), rugby or golf.

A Ginginha Bar, Lisbon

A GINGINHA

Largo de Sao Domingos, 8, Downtown

It is something of a ritual for locals and tourists to step into this tiny hole-in-the-wall bar at the end of the day. It's named after a local cherry brandy served as a shot, something you may want to try if you like strong drinks.

Grapes & Bites Bar, Lisbon

GRAPES & BITES

Rua do Norte, 81, Bairro Alto

With large barrels serving as tables, here you can sit for a variety of almost 200 Portuguese wines accompanied by cheese or other snacks. Recently it has also been turned into a restaurant.

Hot Clube de Portugal Bar, Lisbon

HOT CLUB DE PORTUGAL

Praça da Alegria, 48, (www.hotclubedeportugal.org)

It's over 60 years old and one of the world's oldest jazz clubs. Quincy Jones and Dexter Gordon were among the famous names to have gone through its doors, and today it's the place to be among jazz aficionados.

Lagar do Cais, Lisbon

LAGAR DO CAIS

Rua de São Paulo, 27 - Cais do Sodré

A brick-vaulted space that was once a rock music bar is now this wine bar that also doubles as a “petiscos” (tapas) restaurant. Whether you’re going for a meal or just a drink, you may order wine or gin, and may end up trying several dishes from Portugal’s different regions.

Majong Bar, Lisbon

MAJONG

Rua da Atalaia 3, Bairro Alto

The decor (usually minimalist) changes regularly, but what always remains is a faithful clientele who has come here for years and made it one of Bairro Alto's best-known bars. Sit by the large windows watching the Bairro Alto wanderers and listen to the usual World Music or electronic sounds.

Maria Caxuxa Bar, Lisbon

MARIA CAXUXA

Rua da Barroca 6-12, Bairro Alto

Who would have thought that a former bakery would turn into one of the trendiest bars in Bairro Alto? Some of the furniture and machinery (including a wood oven on the wall) remain from the bakery. It has a welcoming ambience and an atypically-large interior (by Bairro Alto standards), but of course most still prefer to follow the old Bairro Alto tradition by standing outside. On weekdays the sounds are relaxing lounge music, while on weekends it tends to be house.

Matiz Pombalina Bar, Lisbon

MATIZ POMBALINA

Rua das Trinas, 25, (www.matiz-pombalina.pt)

Located away from the nightlife crowds in a quiet neighborhood, this is a wonderful space to spend the night with a good cocktail. It's in an 18th-century building and includes classic furnishings in three elegant rooms where jazz, soul and other chill-out sounds can be heard.

The Old Pharmacy, Bar, Lisbon

THE OLD PHARMACY

Rua do Diário de Noticias, 73-83, Bairro Alto

The name says it all: This is a space once occupied by a pharmacy and its cabinets remain, now filled with wine bottles. Next door is a smaller space decorated with Asian crafts and at both places you can sit with a variety of wine glasses.

Paginas Tantas Bar, Lisbon

PÁGINAS TANTAS

Rua do Diário de Noticias, 85, Bairro Alto

It's one of the best-established bars in Bairro Alto and it's easy to see why: It's more spacious than most and it's consistent in providing good nights of drinks to the sound of jazz. Great for people-watching through the large windows as you sit with a drink.

Pavilhão Chinês Bar, Lisbon

PAVILHÃO CHINÊS

Rua Dom Pedro V, 89, Principe Real

And now for something completely different... This former 19th-century tea and coffee shop is a really quirky bar with an eclectic decor and comfortable sofas. The rooms are surrounded by glass cabinets stuffed with curious and odd artifacts from around the world, and there is a wide selection of teas and other drinks. It also has a good snack menu, which together with a backroom pool table, attracts people of all ages.

Pensão Amor Bar, Lisbon

PENSÃO AMOR

Rua do Alecrim, 19

A former guesthouse that was essentially a brothel is now one of Lisbon's most memorable bars. It has a classic-naughty cabaret decor spread over several rooms.

Portas Largas Bar, Lisbon

PORTAS LARGAS

Rua da Atalaia, 105, Bairro Alto

Wide doors ("portas largas") open into a popular old-fashioned bar with a marble counter, an old cash register, and blue and white tiles creating a rather rustic look. It has traditionally been known as a stopover for gays heading to club Fragil across the street, but now attracts a mixture of casual drinkers and tourists. Despite the spacious interior, many choose to stand by the doorway chatting and people-watching.

Red Frog, Lisbon

RED FROG

Rua do Salitre, 5A - Avenida da Liberdade

This cocktail bar by Avenida da Liberdade recalls New York’s 1920s speakeasies. You must ring a bell to enter, and once inside you have the option of several creative cocktails as you listen to a soundtrack of jazz and soul music.

Rooftop Bar, Lisbon

ROOFTOP BAR

Praça Martim Moniz, 2

Found at the top of Mundial Hotel (on the 9th floor), this bar opens late in the afternoon to serve cocktails while offering city views.

Silk Bar, Lisbon

SILK

Rua da Misericórdia, 14, (www.silk-club.com)

The city's most exclusive bar stands on a rooftop of the trendy Chiado shopping district. There are nearly-360-degree views of Lisbon and low tables where you're served cocktails together with tapas or sushi.

Sky Bar, Lisbon

SKY BAR

Avenida da Liberdade, 185

The top of the Tivoli Lisboa Hotel opens from May to October as this rooftop bar with Lisbon as a backdrop. Facing the castle and the river, you'll be served a list of cocktails and light snacks to enjoy throughout the evening, before or after dinner.

Solar do Vinho do Porto Bar, Lisbon

SOLAR DO VINHO DO PORTO

Rua de São Pedro de Alcantara, 45, Bairro Alto

The Port Wine Institute, set in an 18th-century palace, lures in visitors with over 300 varieties of port. This is a classy, more upscale spot.

Wine Bar do Castelo Bar, Lisbon

WINE BAR DO CASTELO

Rua Bartolomeu Gusmão, 13

Tourists love this bar by the castle gate which introduces them to Portuguese wine served by the glass. There are over 150 choices to make, accompanied by a plate of cheeses.

Wine Lover Bar, Lisbon

WINE LOVER

Rua das Gáveas, 38, Bairro Alto

Found in Bairro Alto, this bar offers you the chance to try a good selection of Portuguese wines by the glass. They may accompany local sausages and cheeses, often to the sound of live music.



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