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Language: Portuguese | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: (WET) | Avg. Flight time: 2.5 hrs
The coolest district for clubs, Bairro Alto, is also where you’ll find a much more traditional form of Lisbon entertainment.
The chance to hear the melancholic sound of fado, a music style that has been around since the 16th century, is a big draw for visitors. Only at Café Luso(Tv. da Queimada, 10) is the tragic music of lost love and yearning authentic enough to satisfy Lisbon locals. The restaurant is as much loved for its warm, friendly atmosphere and home cooking as it is for the music, and it delivers an authentic Lisbon nightlife experience like no other.
The docklands district used to be downtrodden, downright dangerous and known for its houses of ill repute and seedy sailors taverns. Today, it’s one of the coolest places to have fun in Lisbon.
Have a night out at the Time Out Market (Av. 24 de Julho, 49) and anything could happen. The vast repurposed market hall is open from early until late and has everything from live gigs to cook-offs and pop-up design shops. It’ll come as no surprise to find that it’s now a Lisbon nightlife must-do.
If that’s not wild enough for you, go clubbing at Lux Fragil (Av. Infante D. Henrique) for world-class DJs, both local and international. Musicbox (Rua Nova do Carvalho, 24) is a mix of nightclub, lounge and bar, and is where you’ll find the city at its buzziest.
Evening entertainment in Lisbon usually involves a bar at some point. There are the cool customers in Bairro Alto, Chiado does a nice line in trendy rooftop terraces, and Alfama offers drinking under the night sky on a slightly more intimate scale.
If things get too glossy in Bairro Alto, head underground to the down-to-earth Lounge (Rua da Moeda). Chiado’s Mundial Bar (Praça Martim Moniz, 2) is the best rooftop spot for sunsets and DJs in the height of Lisbon’s summer, while Cinco (Rua Ruben A. Leitão, 17) is a great place to sip cocktails down by the river.