Cinco Lounge offers a great selection of unique drinks in a laid back, sophisticated environment, including an ever-growing cocktail menu (55 and counting). The philosophy of Cinco Lounge has been to provide classic cocktail drinks with a modern twist, using ingredients such as fresh fruit and top-quality spirits. Owner and mixologist Dave Palethorpe will advise you and can suggest one of his creative cocktails to try, such as the Black Pepper and Basil, made with basil, freshly squeezed lemon juice and Tanqueray gin with black peppers. If you are looking for novelty, ask Dave to prepare the Apple and Eve cocktail for you; Bison Grass vodka mixed with Granny Smith apple-infused sugar.
Rua Ruben António Leitão, 17, Príncipe Real, Lisbon, +351 213 424 033
A legendary hang out spot for the LGBT community, Trumps was founded in 1981 and became the first gay club in Portugal. It frequently hosts special events and parties, and through time it has become heterosexual-friendly, so people of all genders, races and sexuality are welcome. Along with a full bar and great cocktail menu, Trumps features two dance floors, a large one for dance music and house mixes and a smaller one where pop music is played non-stop.
Rua da Imprensa Nacional, 104B, Príncipe Real, Lisbon, +351 213 971 059
Chafariz do Vinho
Chafariz do Vinho is a must-visit bar for all wine lovers who happen to be in Lisbon. Members of staff are well-trained and can advise you on the wine to suit your preferences. The wines at Chafariz Do Vinho are award-winning and carefully selected by the author of the Portugal Wine Guide, João Paulo Martins. Alongside domestic Portuguese wines, there is a great selection of French wines from various regions, and German, Australian, Chilean and Argentinean wines that are served by the glass. However the emphasis is on Portuguese wines from little known family producers, helping to educate Portuguese and international customers on the wonderful wines of the country.
Praça da Alegria, Príncipe Real, Lisbon, +351 21 342 2079
Procopio Bar is located in the romantic Amoeiras gardens, near the 17th century aqueduct, and has an outdoor terrace and a large cosy room with charming wooden fireplace, old piano and art nouveau style decoration. The menu is equally stylish and offers an extensive list of drinks, ranging from Portuguese port wine, red or white wines to exotic cocktails and Belgian and Portuguese artisan beers.
R. São Francisco Sales 21, Lisbon, +351 21 385 2851
Located on the open terrace on the ninth floor of the Tivoli Hotel Lisbon, Sky Bar provides a fantastic outlook on Lisbon’s skyline, which is best enjoyed during sunset over one of its refreshing cocktails. Sky Bar has a chilled atmosphere, thanks to its white lounge full of comfortable sofas. It also offers non-alcoholic cocktails, and a selection of dishes of European cuisine including soups, salads, wraps and noodles, perfect for a light evening dinner.
Av. da Liberdade 185, Lisbon, +351 21 319 8832
The Decadente Restaurant & Bar
The Decadente is located inside a popular youth hostel in the refurbished Swiss ambassador’s residence, and has become a new trendy meeting place. Customers are welcomed even if they are not clients of the hostel and food here is seasonal and very reasonably priced, to suit travelers on a budget. A must-try is the octopus in paprika. Decor is bold and colorful, with traditional azulejo tiles decorating the walls, and wooden benches and tables that are sociable, welcoming spaces.
Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara 81, Lisbon, +351 21 346 13 81
Popular with a local clientèle, Maria Caxuxa is one of the best bars in Principe Real for a relaxed drink. Second-hand furniture and antique radios create a laid-back, retro vibe, accompanied by the music taste of the owners, which ranges from fado to disco depending on their mood. It is also well-known for its extensive collection of Hollywood film posters featuring femme fatale and futuristic themes.
Rua da Barroca 6-12, Lisbon, +351 965 039 094
Located in a popular budget hostel, Alface Hall is an informal bar beloved by locals for its good vibes and welcoming spirit. Alface Hall becomes one of the liveliest local bars during evenings, with a mixture of cultures and languages made up by local and international visitors. The interior of Alface Hall comprises of quirky armchairs, sofas and beanbags where you can enjoy your refreshing long drink and live jazz music, which begins around 9pm daily.
Rue do Norte, Lisbon, +351 21 343 3293
Located in the heart of Lisbon’s Chiado, Fabulas belongs to a Polish-Portuguese couple, who have created a cozy environment, using vintage furniture and old books and periodicals for decorations in which locals can meet up with friends and relax. The interior of Fabulas is quirky: old sewing machines and radios are scattered around and used as décor, and comfortable couches will not let you go for many hours. It is a perfect wine bar for an afternoon drink and a light meal, with a menu that offers excellent and cheap petiscos, such as mini octopus salad, Azeitão cheese, and sirloin with pickles, coriander and olives. For a drink, order one of their wines from Douro region or the Fabulas speciality Electric Choc, a chocolate alcoholic beverage reserved for colder days.
Calçada Nova de São Francisco 14, Lisbon, +351 216 018 472
Foxtrot‘s dim lit interior features Art Deco style and a fireplace to create a warm and friendly atmosphere. The bar’s pride is its extensive wine cellar, and the menu offers an wide list of alcoholic drinks, ranging from whiskey to gin, both domestic and international brands, with a quality cocktail list for those who like mixed drinks. If you are feeling hungry, you can’t go wrong in ordering Foxtrot’s delicious and juicy speciality steak or a hamburger.
Travessa de Santa Teresa, 28, Príncipe Real, Lisbon, +351 213 952 697