Bars and Nightlife
Take the Glória funicular, just outside The Lisbonaire Apartments, and arrive at the top of the hill to the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.
The garden, recently renovated, offers one of the best views over Lisbon and the River. The kiosk is open until 2 am, with drinks and often a guest dj, when the weather allows it. You can even sit on a park bench (if you can find any empty!) and make your own ‘botellón’! Across the street, Independente is one of the trendier bars to start your night.
You can also have an early start and try the orchata or fragrant milk in the old (re)discovered kiosk from the Praça Luís de Camões, the meeting point of choice, early in the evening.
A new popular venue is PARK, set on the roof of a parking garage, offers spectacular views of the river, bridge and Cristo Rei monument, all the while serving up cocktails and background music from the DJ.
The vibrant Lisbon nightlife is now split between two neighbor rivals, Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré.
Bairro Alto is right next door and on Fridays and Saturdays the stone sidewalk is barely visible, the streets are completely packed. Rain or shine, in Bairro Alto you have the outdoor hanging-out and bar-hopping culture, taking advantage of the numerous cool places in such close vicinity.
A never ending story of street-mazes where you can find wine bars, pubs, dance clubs, gay bars, shot-bars, fado houses and, for the late night hours when you start getting hungry, you will also find open bakeries and late night dining restaurants.
Drink a glass of wine in the Rua da Barroca, have a beer at Maria Caxuxa or a gin and tonic in Suave, try the morangoskas at Mahjong, the Ginginha in Rua do Norte and finish the night in Fragil’s dance floor.
You also should not miss the Cais do Sodre clubs at the end of Rua do Alecrim, just down the hill. 'Bom, Mau e o Vilão' or 'Pensão Amor' to start off. Rock music or reggae - depending on the day! – in ‘Jamaica’, live music in ‘Music Box’ or house music of ‘Europa’ are some of the rhythms that you can feel at Rua Nova do Carvalho, where the hardcore Lisbon nightlife takes place, on weekends.