Lisbon's skyline at night with a lit-up castle perched high up on the hillside

The Ultimate 2019 Guide to the Best Nightlife in Lisbon

01 Apr 2019 By Adele Grant
Lisbon's skyline at night with a lit-up castle perched high up on the hillside

As Portugal’s capital you can expect great things from the nightlife in Lisbon. Receiving more and more attention over the years for its late-night action and often listed among Europe’s best party spots, this thriving metropolis has a completely different feel when the sun goes down.

From live music venues perched close to the water’s edge to cosy wine bars tempting you in with their extensive bottle collections and busy clubs hosting international DJ sets, there’s something to suit all generations. Whether you’re looking for a big night on the town or a few after-dinner drinks, this lively city has you covered.  

So, put on your finest outfit and discover the best bars and clubs in Lisbon.

The best bars in Lisbon

Ministerium Club

 

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Location: Praça Comércio 72 Lisbon, Portugal

Why visit: As a former Portuguese Ministry of Finance building, It’s safe to say this nightclub has an interesting past which is worlds away from its present-day events. Ministerium Club has seen some big-name DJs come through its doors, despite its limited saturday-only opening times.

Playing a mix of house and techno music, partiers can dance to their favourite beats until the club closes in the early hours of the morning. Fairly new to the Lisbon clubbing circuit with its 2012 opening, this popular venue is now regarded one of the city’s hippest settings. From a large dancefloor to a cosy lounge and rooftop bar – this much-loved spot invites you to enjoy the ultimate night out.

Best for: Fans of house and dance music

Opening times: Every Saturday from 11pm – 6am

Hotels nearby:

  • Vincci Baixa: This exclusive hotel comes with a flashy 4 star rating and a unique design. Combining traditional touches with modern elements, guests are invited to relax in style. While, its central location is perfect for sightseeing. 
  • Turim Saldanha Hotel: With all the fancy finishing touches that you would expect from a 4 star stay, Turim Saldanha Hotel won’t disappoint. From a location in the heart of Lisbon to comfortable rooms and free Wi-Fi – get ready for an unforgettable escape.

A raving review: Facebook follower Bence Kiss had nothing but good things to say about Ministerium Club: “Ministerium is the club that never disappoints: with its perfect line-ups, sophisticated crowd and smooth sound system. The lighting (or the lack of that) is incredible and pulls you in. Best place if you’re in the mood for some atmosphere-creator techno or deep house.”

MusicBox

 

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Location: Rua Nova do Carvalho (Pink Street), 24 Lisbon, Portugal

Why visit: Ideally placed in Lisbon’s trendy neighbourhood Cais do Sodre, this fascinating spot is known for it string of musical performances. With everyone from gritty rock bands to well-known DJs and up-and-coming hip-hop artists gracing the stage, MusicBox unites every type of partygoer.

The whole place has an underground vibe, while its covert location offers a sense of mystery. Located beneath a bridge on a fuchsia coloured street, which, is aptly named ‘Pink Street’, keep your eyes peeled for an arched doorway. Once inside, revellers can enjoy the sound of intimate performances with a small capacity of just 300 people.

Best for: Live performances

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday from 11pm – 6am

Lux Frágil

 

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Location: Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A 1950-376 Lisbon Portugal

Why visit: Arguably one of Lisbon’s biggest clubs, Lux Frágil has been welcoming an influx of partiers since 1998. This warehouse turned nightspot is in a handy location, right next to the city’s waterfront. Split into three sections, guests can flit between a club, bar and rooftop lounge.

Famous DJs encourage clubbers to hit the dancefloor with their sensational sets, while the venue’s swanky interiors resemble a celebrity hangout. And if you stay until the early hours of the morning, the terrace makes for an unforgettable sunrise viewings over Tagus River.

Best for: Celebrity-spotting

Opening times: Thursday to Saturday from 11pm – 6am

Top tip: As one of the city’s most popular clubs, we suggest getting here early if you want to avoid the lengthy entry queues. The busiest time to arrive is around 2am, so make sure you get there before.

Hotels nearby:

  • Corpo Santo Hotel: Ideally located on the city’s seven hills and close to the River Tagus, your surroundings are unbeatable. Found in Lisbon’s historical quarter, enjoy 5 star luxury with perks such as a concierge service and opulent decor.
  • Czar Lisbon Hotel: Right in the heart of the city’s action sits Czar Lisbon Hotel, where guests can enjoy a range of modern highlights. A la carte dining, elegant decor and an on-site gym – this hotel has you covered from morning until night.

Dock’s Club

 

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Location: Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, 1350-352 Lisbonne

Why visit: This urban club is celebrated for its quirky warehouse location and fantastic themed nights. With three stylish VIP areas, six bars, an outdoor seating area and a populated dancefloor, get ready for the night of your life.

From house beats to R&B favourites and hip-hop classics with a few live performances thrown into the mix – Dock’s Club attracts a mixed crowd thanks to its range of genres. Every night brings something new to the table, whether you’re looking for iconic DJ sets or foam-filled shindigs.

When you’ve done enough dancing for one night, the club’s selection of comfy sofas will look more enticing than ever.

Best for: All crowds

Events:

  • Tuesday – Ladies Night

Opening times:

Tuesday from 12.30am – 6am

Friday from 11.45pm – 7am

Saturday from 11.45pm – 6am

Top tip: For the ultimate experience, go VIP. Not only is this a great way to avoid the lengthy entry queues, but you can also enjoy perks such as a private table, waiter service and complimentary bottles of spirits and mixes.

K Urban Beach

 

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Location: Cais da Viscondessa Lisbon, 1200-109

Why visit: This trendy hangout takes you away from Lisbon’s city lights and transports you to a beach style setting surrounded by water and a patch of sand. That’s right, with Tagus River providing your backdrop, the atmosphere is laid-back during the day.

But the real fun doesn’t start until after dark when the place becomes one of the liveliest clubs in Lisbon. And you can’t miss the dancefloor, with colourful light fixtures setting the party tone, you’ll spend the whole night boogying to electro pop beats. The lounge bar also comes with a patio, where hardcore party animals can catch a waterside sunrise.

Everything has a slick white feel from its interiors to its pool area complete with chic lounges and cushioned seating.

Best for: Beach vibe

Events:

  • Thursday – Insanity
  • Friday –  Unknown
  • Saturday – Reflux

Opening times:  

Wednesday to Saturday from 8pm – 6am (Tuesday to Saturday during the summer)

Sunday from 8pm – 12am

Top tip: Don’t be fooled by its sandy location. Guests are encouraged to dress up despite its casual feel.

Hotels nearby:

  • Lis Baixa: With all of Lisbon’s biggest attractions within walking distance, Lis Baixa is a top choice for location. Spend your mornings taking advantage of the buffet breakfast, before a enjoying a few mid-afternoon drinks from the terrace.
  • Hotel Inspira Santa Marta: This boutique hotel is the perfect place to relax. Whether you head to the spa for a soak in the hot tub, visit the restaurant for top-quality Mediterranean food or unwind among modern decor in your comfy accommodation – you’re in for luxurious stay.

The best bars in Lisbon

Titanic Sur Mer

 

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Location: Cais da Ribeira Nova , Armazém B. Cais do Sodré, Lisbon, Portugal

Why visit: Celebrated for its close to the sea setting, it’s hardly surprising that this building was once the home of fish auctions. With a top-notch sound system, the live music is phenomenal. And we’re not just talking one genre either, this versatile bar offers a mix of performances from jazz artists, rock bands, burlesque dancers and even the odd DJ taking to the decks.

This spot is open nightly, but you’ll see the biggest crowds on a weekend. There’s one main focus when you come here, and that’s the stage which sits in the centre of the room complete with long red curtains. This is where you’ll experience some of the city’s best musical acts.

Best for: Laid-back atmosphere

Events:

  • Monday – Titanic Jazz Jam

Opening times:  

Monday to Tuesday from 11pm – 3am

Wednesday from 9pm – 2am

Thursday to Saturday from 11pm – 6am

Sunday from 8pm – 4am

Did you know? There’s a door at the back of the club which leads to the river. This is a great spot when you want some fresh air, and if you stay late enough, you can witness the sunrise over the water.

By The Wine

 

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Location: Rua das Flores, 41-43, Lisbon, Portugal

Why visit: This wine cellar-like setting is just as impressive as it sounds. With an extensive collection and a unique arched ceiling displaying hundreds of bottles, this is the perfect place to relax after a hectic day exploring the city.

Ideally situated in the sought-after district Chiado, By the Wine is the first of its kind. It’s the flagship store of the prestigious José Maria da Fonseca name, Portugal’s oldest wine company. Order favourites such as Domini and Douro by the glass as you sit beside old barrels soaking up the easygoing atmosphere. And if you’re feeling peckish, you can always pair your wine with some tasty tapas.

Best for: Wine enthusiasts

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to midnight

Top tip: The bar often launches new wines where they will be opportunities for tastings. Courses are also open to the public if you want to learn more about the bar’s exclusive bottles.

Sky Bar

 

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Location: Sky Bar at Tivoli Lisboa, 185 Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon, Portugal

Why visit: Found atop of the 5 star Hotel Tivoli, which sits in a central location, this cosmopolitan bar pulls out all the stops. Not only is this a great spot to enjoy Lisbon’s warm climate, but it also offers unbeatable panoramas of the river from nine floors up.

The whole place has a trendy vibe with slick white interiors, comfy seating complete with cushions and bars stools providing the best views. This elevated venue seems to attract a sophisticated crowd who come here to sip Champagne, gorge on tapas or sample its visually pleasing cocktails.

Come evenings, the air of sophistication doesn’t slip with DJs playing the latest hits and not-to-be-missed themed parties. What’s more, the bar is illuminated against the night sky.

Best for: City views

Opening times:  Daily from 5pm – 1am, during May to October

Top tip: If you want to secure a table, we suggest arriving early. Tables often fill up from 6pm.

Hotels nearby:

  • Hotel Marques De Pombal: Just minutes from the centre, this 4 star stay has everything you could possibly need in one place. Enjoy a workout in the gym, relax in the sauna and dine in style with delicious a la carte lunches.
  • Hf Fenix: Found in one of Lisbon’s most sought-after locations, Hf Fenix is in a prime base for exploring. With 192 rooms spread across eight floors take advantage of sensational city views. And when you’re not relaxing in your room, you have two bars and an a la carte restaurant onsite.

Cinco Lounge

 

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Location: Cinco Lounge Rua Ruben A. Leitão, 17-A Principe Real, Lisbon

Why visit: Handcrafted cocktails is what you have to look forward to when you come to Cinco Lounge. British owner Dave Palethorpe is known for his mixologist skills and has designed cocktails for some of the most prestigious restaurants in Portugal. So, you can’t come to this bar without trying his creative concoctions.  

This is a great place to socialise with its lounge feel. From low-lighting to upholstered seating and wooden floors, you’ll feel right at home. With so many beverages on offer you may wonder where to start – Right Said Fred and Apple and Eve always go down a treat if you don’t want something too adventurous.

Best for: Cocktail lovers

Opening times: Daily from 9pm to 2am

Top tip: Those looking to try something different among the list of 55 cocktails should opt for Breakfast at Trevor’s. Despite being a little rich, the combination of Baileys, Grand Marnier and Mozart dark chocolate is delicious.

Pensão Amor

 

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Location: Rua do Alecrim, 19, 1200-292 Lisbon, Portugal

Why visit: Everything about this place is unique from its performances to its decor and atmosphere. Set in a former brothel, don’t be put off by its red light district location. Pensão Amor has a shabby chic feel with over-the-top decor and ceiling paintings drawing you in.

Its burlesque performances are a big part of its appeal with crimson walls and hanging chandeliers remissant of a traditional cabaret club. Spread over three floors, this quirky establishment is full of surprises including kissing booths, a pole dancing room and a gigantic stag’s head overlooking the dancefloor.

Best for: Burlesque shows

Opening times:

Monday to Wednesday from midnight – 3am

Thursday to Saturday from midnight – 4am

Sunday from midnight – 4am

A one-of-a-kind experience: Facebook follower Lisa Nicholson couldn’t recommend Pensão Amor enough, she said: “Beautiful and unique, I will most definitely return! The green wine was delicious.”

Hotels nearby:

  • Browns Downtown Hotel: This great value hotel is as trendy as it gets. Not only is it situated in the city’s historic downtown area, but its rooms have an hi-tech feel with iHome docking stations free to use.
  • Hotel Britania: As the city’s only Art Deco hotel, this establishment’s unique design makes for a memorable stay. Conveniently placed close to Lisbon’s top attractions, you can’t miss the building’s quirky round windows. The hotels is also home to a library where you’ll find an extensive collection of books.

Lisbon nightlife by month

January

What to expect: As Lisbon’s coolest month, the weather in January is pretty unpredictable. That said, the city doesn’t see as many visitors at this time of year but that doesn’t mean the fun stops. With bars and clubs open all year round, visit the city’s most popular drinking spots without the crowds – just remember to dress for the weather.

Events:

  • New Year’s Day Concert – 1st January
  • New Year’s Concert at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos – 3rd January

February

What to expect: The weather tends to pick up a little bit, but don’t expect rain-free days. When it comes to events, February is Lisbon’s quietest month with little going on away from the city’s clubs and bars. However, the month often marks the start of the country’s biggest event – Carnival.

Events:

  • Carnival

March

What to expect: This is a fantastic time to visit Lisbon. Not only can you look forward to spring temperatures, but you can enjoy the city without those summer crowds. March is when the festivities are in full swing with Rio-style costumes filling parades and Samba music encouraging you to showcase your best dance moves.

Events:

  • Carnival
  • Lisboa Dance Festival 2019

April

What to expect: With temperatures steadily on the rise and greater daylight hours, April is a fantastic time to sample the local nightlife. Clubs and bars will start to feel busier with more and more tourists choosing to travel. However, those planning on staying out late may want to carry a lightweight jacket as evening temperatures can feel a lot cooler.

Events:

  • Music Days in Belém – 22nd – 24th April

May

What to expect: You can enjoy less rain than April as you’re now entering Portugal’s drier months. Holidaymakers can also benefit from a mild evening climate with outdoor terraces beginning to fill up and many of the city’s rooftop bars opening their doors. This is also when Rock in Rio takes place, a five-day rock festival which has been running for five consecutive years.

Events:

  • Out Jazz Festival – Every sunday from May to September
  • Rock in Rio

June

What to expect: June brings the arrival of summer, which also means a rise in tourist numbers. As much as the weather is extremely pleasant, clubs and bars are a lot busier, so you may have to arrive early if you want to secure of table or avoid the queues. Lisbon begins to liven up with concerts and celebrations right across city.

Events:

  • Sintra Music Festival – 12th and 13th June
  • Santos Populares
  • Out Jazz Festival

July

What to expect: You’re now into peak season, so as you can imagine the crowds will be a lot larger. With bars and clubs catering to an influx of holidaymakers, expect big-name acts and  international DJs among the city’s events. This is also a great time to take advantage of Lisbon’s many outdoor terraces with temperatures staying mild late into the night.

Events:

  • Super Bock Super Rock
  • NOS Alive
  • Festival ao Largo
  • Out Jazz Festival

August

What to expect: As the capital’s warmest month , you won’t be short of things to do. Locals tend to escape the city at this time of year in favour of Portugal’s Algarve beach resorts, which means the streets shouldn’t feel overcrowded. Again, Lisbon’s most popular nightspots can get extremely busy so we suggest arriving early. Meanwhile, Jazz em Agosto is a must-visit if you’re a fan of swing music.

Events:

  • Jazz em Agosto
  • Out Jazz Festival
  • CCB Summer

September

What to expect: Marking the beginning of Autumn, September sees mild temperatures without the peak season masses. There’s still plenty going on in the city’s biggest clubs and bars, plus it’s also your last chance to catch Out Jazz Festival.

Events:

  • Out Jazz Festival
  • Santa Casa Alfama – Fado Festival

October

What to expect: By the time October comes around the crowds start to dwindle, making it the perfect duration to visit the city’s biggest nightspots. And with pleasant weather it will feel nothing like Autumn back home. This is typically your last month to enjoy Lisbon’s outdoor venues with many of the rooftop bars closing in October.

Events:

  • Moda Lisboa

November

What to expect:. November is a very mixed month in terms of weather with rain and sun making an appearance. However, the nightlife doesn’t slow down with plenty of locals still hitting its clubs and bars during the winter.

Events:

  • Super Bock em Stock

December

What to expect: As one of the coldest and wettest months, Lisbon doesn’t see as many tourists in December. Since you’re travelling in off-season you can expect lower prices, for instance, events are often cheaper. Meanwhile, the Portuguese adore Christmas, so there’s plenty going on around the city to mark the build-up from concerts to markets.

And if you happen to be there for New Year’s Eve, the festivities are in full swing with a free firework display in Terreiro do Paço.

Events:

  • Natal/Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve – 31st December

Now you have the lowdown on nightlife in Lisbon, put on your best outfit and get ready to dance your way around Portugal’s party-filled capital.

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