Lisbon’s Nightlife – Top Bars & Clubs in Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto nightlife
Top Bars in Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto is central in Lisbon’s nightlife, being the area with the highest concentration of bars and clubs, followed by Cais do Sodré and 24 de Julho. Here are the top 10 best bars and clubs in Bairro Alto.

Capela

Rua da Atalaia, 45
8pm-3am

The Capela combines a gospel ambience, created by a decor of red curtains, gold frame mirrors, dusty chandeliers and a sousaphone, with DJs adding electronic moods and grooves. It’s where the night starts for many artists and intellectuals in Lisbon.

Frágil

Rua da Atalaia, 126
11pm-4am, Tuesday to Saturday

This club has been a classic in Bairro Alto since 1982 when it first opened. At the time it was one of the few friendly-gay clubs in Lisbon. Its popularity is most noticeable from 1am on Thursdays to Saturdays when a queue begins to form outside the place. The club has a strict door policy. Inside, DJs focus on electronic and house progressive.

The Old Pharmacy

Rua do Diário de Notícias, 73-81
5.30pm-midnight

Once a pharmacy, this wine bar offers a variety of Portuguese wines by the glass, as well as expert advice from waiters. It has a small cosy interior, with the old pharmacy cabinets now storing bottles of wine, as well as outdoor sitting. There’s a menu of petiscos (appetizers) to go with the wine.

Wine Lover

Rua das Gáveas, 38 / Rua da Misericórdia, 59
12.00pm-midnight, Tuesday to Sunday

With an extensive list of wines by the glass accompanied by petiscos, this wine bar is a popular place in Bairro Alto, perfect for a late afternoon chill out. There’s an adjoined restaurant, but the wine bar is the recommended space.

Artis

Rua Diário de Notícias, 95
4.30pm-2am, Tuesday to Sunday

Wine by the glass with a jazz and blues soundtrack is what you will find at Artis. The place is small. Be prepared to sit close to other tables. However, the wooden décor creates the right ambience to drink wine and taste a selection of petiscos, including the platter of cheeses and sausages, fried potatoes, sautéed shrimps, and the legendary chicken toasted sandwich.

Páginas Tantas

Rua Diário de Notícias, 85
8.30pm-2am

Páginas Tantas is a classic jazz bar in Bairro Alto. It has live jazz shows from Tuesday to Saturday. There’s no entry fee, you just pay what you drink.

Mahjong

Rua da Atalaia, 3
8pm-2am

Mahjong is one of the oldest bars in Bairro Alto. With Chinese motifs, the place offers a great ambience lit by the weirdly beautiful cabbage chandeliers. Mahjong is the place to start the night with a cocktail and a varied soundtrack featuring techno, rock and reggae.

Maria Caxuxa

Rua da Barroca, 6
5pm-2am, Monday to Saturday

DJs combine lounge and electronic music in the nights of Maria Caxuxa. Except for Friday and Saturday nights when the place gets crowded, Maria Caxuxa has plenty of space and big sofas where you can hang out with friends.

Tasca do Chico

Rua Diário de Notícias, 39
7pm-2am

Tasca do Chico is a popular fado bar with a peculiar decor featuring football scarves and pictures of notable clients. Authentic “amateur” fado singers perform every night. Arrive early if you want to get a table.

A Tasca Tequila Bar

Travessa da Queimada, 13
6pm-2am, Monday to Saturday

This is a classic Tequila bar in a corner of Bairro Alto. The street is a natural extension of the tiny place that brings a bit of Mexico into Lisbon. The most adventurous ones should try the spicy tequila and mescal cocktails.

Be warned that you may need good legs to bar crawl in Bairro Alto – streets tend to be steep, and the pavement doesn’t help, especially if you wear high heels. Also, on Friday and Saturday nights, be prepared to be harassed by occasional hash sellers, especially on some inner streets. In general, this is just annoying, and you should be fine if you simply ignore them.

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