Vintage atmosphere at the Vertigo Café
Late afternoon when the sun begins to set, this is a great place to take a bite or have a coffee. In the heart of the bohemian chic district of Chiado, you can mingle with other customers for a relaxing moment. Choose between pastries and various other treats, tempting savoury tarts, salads and daily specials for the hungriest, or just stick to one of the many options from the drink menu.
Sit peacefully and admire the beautiful paintings and photographs inside the café. There, you can daydream under the enigmatic geometric shapes of the ceiling skylight and spend time watching the ships through the window panes. You will surely see come across regulars who meet here to play old board games. You will doubtlessly be charmed by the incredibly warm atmosphere!
Travessa do Carmo 4
+351 21 343 3112
Lux Frágil, a paradise for party lovers
For one last drink in a rhythmic setting, head off to the trendiest spot in Lisbon! Built in a former warehouse two steps from the Tagus River, Lux Frágil is the place to be in the Lusitanian capital. Early in the evening, start by exploring the first floor, and settle into one of the sofas to take the pulse of the famous nightclub.
When you'll feel the vibe, elbow your way through the crowd and move up to the dance floor. The DJs' beats promise a fabulous night. To take a breather, or if you prefer a little privacy, you will love losing yourself in the maze of small rooms whose walls are decked out with mirrors. The blue neon lights and the futuristic decor work perfectly together. This is the place where the Lisbon youth likes to meet – the cool factor being upped by the fact that American actor John Malkovich is one of the owners. A great place to create some unforgettable memories of your stay in the Portuguese capital!
Avenida Infante Dom Henrique
+351 21 882 0890
Have a drink on a unique rooftop
Have you heard of a bar located on the roof of a car park? Lisbon is one of the few capitals in the world where you will find such a place! As bohemian and quirky as can be, Park invites you to have a drink on its huge terrace, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the roofs of the city as the setting sun colours them with a new tone.
To enjoy this extraordinary place, you still have to find it! From Baixa Chiado station, cross the Calçada do Cambro and stop in front of a large green façade bearing the letter "P" (for parking facility). Next, take the elevator to the top floor and find the entrance to the bar that could not be more discreet. Once you have found your way here, get ready to sip on some great cocktails while admiring Lisbon's most famous monuments. You can look over the steeple of Santa Catarina and see the 25 de Abril bridge, majestically spanning over the Tagus River. Installed in your cosy wooden armchair, you can relax to the sound of DJs who regularly perform here. If you are looking for an unusual nighttime getaway, there's no better spot than the Park!
Calçada do Cambro, 58
+351 21 591 4011
Travel back in time at the Pavilhão Chinês
If you like strolling through flea markets or are fascinated by “cabinets of wonders” (forerunners of today's museums), this must-see spot in the capital is exactly what you need! In the glass showcases that decorate the five rooms of the establishment, a myriad of objects of all kinds will catch your eye: dolls, old strollers, medals, electric trains or tin soldiers... Suspended above are small wooden planes that watch over you, providing a delightfully quaint charm to the place.
On the menu, the large selection of cocktails will make your head spin just as much as the number of trinkets around you! Rum, vodka, amaretto and other liquor-based drinks to be expected: there is something for everyone! Go from room to room and admire the different item collections or stop at one of the two billiard tables to start up a game. Ideal for a night out with friends, the Pavilhão Chinês is a real antique-filled gem, right in the heart of Lisbon.
Dom Pedro V 89
+351 21 342 4729
Head to the Artis Wine Bar for a local getaway
What's better than a wine bar to complete this list of not-to-be-missed places in Lisbon? Located just a few steps away from the Botanical Garden, in the heart of a charming cobble stone alley, the Artis Wine Bar is the perfect place to end your evening. Let yourself be carried away by the wine and tapas selection, served up in a friendly atmosphere. The menu is definitely for food lovers, with options like shrimp with garlic, chilli and olive oil.
Settle in alongside regular customers who usually take up most of the room, creating a warm atmosphere. This place does not lack authenticity nor character. The beautiful woodwork is complemented by walls covered with mirrors of all sizes and objects of all kinds (including violins, saxophones and other musical instruments). With a glass of white wine and a plate of cold meats or cheeses in front of you, taste the art of living and hospitality in Lisbon for one tremendous evening.
Artis Wine Bar
do Diário de Notícias 95
+351 21 342 4795