The Independente. Photo: Mauro Rongione
The Independente. Photo: Mauro Rongione


Top bars in Lisbon

Wine bars, roof top bars, a bar filled with artifacts from all over the world, or a love house where sailors bought pleasure by the hour – the nightlife in Lisbon has something for all tastes. Here are a few picks for a long night out.

Photo: Mauro Rongione

Cocktails and pole dancing

Housed in a former guesthouse in the old red-light district, Pensão Amor (translated Love House) was once the hotspot for sailors arriving at the docks. Today it’s popular thanks largely to its burlesque ambience, with intimate rooms decorated with erotic paintings, mirrors and frescoes.

Pensão Amor

Rua do Alecrim no 19, Lisbon

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A night at the museum

You might think you’re in a museum or antique store as you walk through the doors to Pavilhão Chinês in Príncipe Real. The walls are lined with glass cabinets filled with collectibles – everything from toys and souvenirs to tin soldiers and model airplanes, all from a private collection. The red-vested bartenders look like they’ve been around for some time as well.

Pavilhão Chinês

Rua Dom Pedro V, 89/91, Lisbon

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For wine lovers

Want to try some Portuguese wines in a cool setting? Then head to By the Wine in Chiado, the first “flagship store” of vintner José Maria da Fonseca. You can drink wine by glass or bottle, accompanied with local food delicacies such as cheese, ham and oysters. The arched ceiling covered with green bottles adds to the atmosphere.

By the Wine

Rua das Flores 41-43, Lisbon

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The sky’s the limit

One of many rooftop terraces in Lisbon, the Sky Bar at the hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade is the perfect place to chill out after a long day of shopping on the fashionable Avenida Liberdade. Relax in the lounge chairs with a cocktail while enjoying the sun set over the city.

Sky Bar

Av. da Liberdade, 185, Lisbon

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Palace of pleasure

The Independente is a combined hostel, hotel, restaurant and rooftop bar in a refurbished old palace – “a meeting place for locals and travelers.” The ground floor restaurant, The Decadente, serves hearty Portuguese food in a laid-back setting. The rooftop bar, The Insólito (which means uncommon), is open all year around offering food and drinks along with stunning panoramic views. Take the elevator to the rooftop (if you’re not claustrophobic) – it is said to be the oldest in Lisbon.

The Independente

Rua da São Pedro de Alcântara 83, Lisbon

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Parking allowed

Park Bar is a hidden oasis on the 7h floor of a parking garage in Bairro Alto. If you don’t know it exists, it sure is difficult to find. The rooftop is decorated with wooden furniture, palms and green foliage that offer a nice shade on a hot summer day, as you sip a cooling sangria. You’ve got great views of the Tagus river and the majestic suspension bridge 25 de Abril.

Park Bar

Calçada do Combro, 58, Lisbon

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