Fado in Lisbon on New Year’s Eve

Along with dinner, why not celebrate New Year’s Eve with a memorable fado night in Lisbon? The best fado restaurants offer special New Year’s Eve menus to enjoy on 31 December.

Make this a Portuguese-style evening: listen to fado, enjoy bacalhau, dried salted codfish, and eat twelve raisins as the clock strikes midnight, making a wish with each one for each of the twelve months of the new year.

Take a look at our roundup of where to listen to fado in Alfama and Bairro Alto on New Year’s Eve. Most venues require advanced reservation.

Clube de Fado, Alfama

Start the New Year listening to high quality fado singers and the best Portuguese guitar players at Clube de Fado. The place is offering a special menu before heralding the coming year with a glass of champagne and Bolo Rei (King Cake). From 2am, this fado club serves a caldo verde, a traditional Portuguese cabbage soup, miscellaneous sausages and hot cocoa. €145 per person.

Sr. Fado de Alfama

With only nine tables, you get the authentic fado experience while tasting some home-cooked Portuguese traditional dishes. The place doesn’t have a special New Year’s Eve menu announced on their website, but it takes reservations for welcoming the New Year.

Maria da Mouraria, Mouraria / Alfama

Savour home-made traditional Portuguese dishes as fado is sung from the heart in a very intimate environment. The special menu includes a fish course, roasted pork and sweet potatoes and lemon meringue pie for dessert. €55 per person.

Café Luso, Bairro Alto

At Café Luso, the fado night is complemented with a special menu: couvert, appetizer, two courses (fish and meat) and drinks (mineral water, red and white wine, sparkling wine and digestif). There’s also a vegetarian option. €135 per person.

O Faia, Bairro Alto

Here, the fado is sung in-between courses by four well-known fado singers. The three-course New Year’s Eve dinner includes cod and other Portuguese traditional dishes. €160 per person.

Adega Machado, Bairro Alto

Part of the Fado Group, which also owns Café Luso, the Adega Machado will be serving a similar New Year’s Eve menu (see above).