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The 10 Best Bars In Bairro Alto, Lisbon

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Once an alternative meeting place for Lisbon’s bohemians, today Bairro Alto is full of traditional and contemporary Portuguese bars.  Bairro Alto’s traditional spirit continues to live on thanks to multicultural crowds and cheap drinks provided by its bars. Here’s our guide to the best places to drink in the neighborhood.
Portas Largas
Portas Largas is one of the cult bars of Lisbon, well-known to the international public. It originally hosted a fado house, and the traditional azulejo tiles still remain as a decoration. The interior of Portas Largas features some classic old furniture, and ordering a wonderful caipirinha or a mojito cocktail completes the romantic and rustic mood. All cocktails at Portas Largas are big and reasonably priced, which is definitely a big plus for budget tourists. Evenings are filled with pleasant music and live performances by African or Brazilian duets.
R. da Atalaia 105, Príncipe Real, Lisbon, +351 21 346 6379
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Bali Bar
Even though it is located inside the historical center of Lisbon with no proximity to the sea, Bali Bar has been titled Lisbon’s beach bar. The interior is rather exotic, spiced up by a bamboo furnishings and decorative surfboards. It is a perfect venue to catch an afternoon snack or to visit for a late-night cocktail. Every night the atmosphere at Bali Bar becomes hotter, as live music performances commence and a mix of young locals and sun burnt tourists fill the space and sway the beat. Bali Bar offers a great selection of beers, cocktails and various spirits.
Rua do Norte, 117, Bairro Alto, Lisbon, +351 918 576 490
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Hot Clube Portugal
Hot Clube Portugal is a well known jazz club not to be missed. It also features a cozy open terrace with fantastic views of Lisbon’s skyline. Hot Clube de Portugal was named one of the best jazz clubs in the world by American magazine DownBeat, and it definitely tops the list of best European jazz clubs. It is one of the oldest jazz clubs in Portugal, having opened in 1948, and gifted musicians come to perform here from all corners of the world. Its menu is well-known for its classical selection of cocktails and strong spirits, which will help you relax and enjoy the jazz performances.
Praça da Alegria, 39, Lisbon, +351 21 346 03 05
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BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto
Despite its small capacity, BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto receives rave reviews. It stocks around 200 different bottles of Portuguese wine in the cellar, which it serves by the glass. The history and origins of the grapes and each specific brand are happily explained to customers. There is a wide selection of tasty tapas including cheeses, hams and tuna. Depending on the tastes and preferences of patrons, members of staff will help them pick a perfect wine to drink.
Rua da Rosa, 107, Lisbon, Portugal, +351 21 346 1182
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Old Pharmacy Wine Inn
The Old Pharmacy has a distinct interior and ambiance. It is located in the former pharmacy, which has been transformed into this charming wine cellar, with glass cabinets that preserves bottles of aged wine. The rest of the interior is simple and includes wooden benches and wine barrels in the place of tables. The Old Pharmacy offers a 200-strong selection of wines from all the main Portuguese wine producers. Wine is served in bottles or by the glass, and the menu offers tasty tapas dishes.
Rua do Diario de Noticias 73-81, Lisbon, Portugal, +351 920 230 989
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Artis Bar
Artis is a wonderful representation of a classic wine bar. Located in the heart of Bairro Alto, it features wooden furniture, quirky decor and dim-lights which create a casual and intimate atmosphere. The drinks list at Artis Bar has a great selection of 50 Portuguese wines, including Porto and Madeira signature wines served by the glass. Sommelier Flavio Fernandes will kindly help you choose the wine according to the region and your preferences. To accompany the wines, Artis Bar offers a fine tapas selection with some specialities such as shrimp in olive oil, spicy sausage and the toasted chicken sandwich being the most popular.
Rua Diario de Noticias, 95, Lisbon, +351 213 424 795
Tasca do Chico
This traditional bar is a perfect spot to enjoy an authentic fado performance. Tasca do Chico wine bar offers a lovely relaxing atmosphere, due partly to its small size. It is a place where you would just want to enjoy the company of friends, or perhaps even strangers, as everyone is so welcoming here. Fado sessions are held every Monday and Wednesday from 9pm, and it is advisable to arrive early because the bar gets crowded very quickly. What is unique is the combination of fado and a tiny performance space, ensuring that the melodies of guitars during fado performances create an ambiance of trustworthiness and bind people together.
Rua do Diário de Notícias, 39, Lisbon, Portugal, +351 961 339 696
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Clube da Esquina
Being one of the most popular bars in Bairro Alto, Clube da Esquina is attractive to a diverse number of individuals. The interior of this venue is unassuming and plain, with some space to sit inside with a drink. But crowds of frequent visitors prefer to stand and dance to the electronic and funk vibes spun by resident and guest DJs most evenings. The drinking menu offers a great selection of draught beers and beloved caipirinha, all reasonably priced. It is well-known for its cocktails concoctions including mojitos and their signature morangoska.
Rua da Barroca, 30, Bairro Alto, Lisbon, +351 929 092 742
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Terrace BA, Bairro Alto Hotel
Located on the sixth floor of the elegant Bairro Alto Hotel, this small yet cozy terrace bar is a popular spot  as it offers an unusual angle on the Bairro Alto district, with the view stretching to the Ponte 25 de Abril. Try their refreshing granizado, a cold drink made from fruits and crushed ice. As for the food, Terrace BA is perfect for a light lunch, as they offer a wide range of salads, sandwiches and paninis and the new classic, BA Ceasar Salad.
Bairro Alto Hotel, Praca Luis de camoes, 2, Lisbon, +351 21 340 82 88
The Insolito Restaurant
Located at the top of an old 19th century building, quirky Insólito offers its visitors a privilege of exploring the magnificent views of Lisbon. Inside the restaurant you can find a special counter with meals, that are only served on moody and rainy days. Here you can watch the chef in action through the open kitchen.  The menu options include traditional Portuguese cuisine with a twist. The cocktail mixologist often experiments with different formulas to establish a set of unique Insólito cocktails.
Rua de São Pedro Alcântara, 83, Bairro Alto, Lisbon, +351 213 461 381
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