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 Portuguese food, 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.

Adega Machado, Bairro Alto

Part of the Fado & Food Group, which also owns Café Luso and Clube de Fado, Adega Machado will be serving a special New Year’s Eve menu including couvert, amuse bouche, starter, two courses (fish and meat), and dessert. Drinks are included. €120 per person.

Café Luso, Bairro Alto

At Café Luso, the fado night comes with a special menu where croaker and veal with Madeira wine sauce act as main courses. Drinks included range from mineral water to red and white wine, sparkling wine and digestif. €120 per person.

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, and pork tenderloin with plum sauce and smashed potatoes. Lemon, raspberry and chocolate meringue pies will be served for dessert. €125 per person.

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 New Year’s Eve menu with both seafood and meat options, 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, and an assortment of cheeses and sausages. €145 per person.

O Faia, Bairro Alto

At O Faia, well-known fadistas (fado singers), accompanied by two highly talented Portuguese and classic guitar players, will deliver fado in-between courses. The New Year’s Eve dinner includes seared sea bass and black pork (porco preto), a delicacy from the Alentejo region. €170 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.