The industrial Santos of the past has disappeared, with warehouses converted into trendy bars, breathing new life into this Lisbon district. Every weekend Santos is invaded by youngsters who dance to hip-hop and jazz until dawn. Here is our guide to the top 10 bar venues to visit in Santos.
Funky Bar opens in the afternoon and transforms into a nightclub after the sun sets. It is a fun place to go, if you are looking forward to wear down your shoes in the chaotic rhythm of unusual experiences accompanied by melodic sounds of jazz, soul and disco. The greatest hits of James Brown, Aretha Franklin and the Temptations will sound out, and create a relaxing and friendly ambiance while you will indulge on Funky Bar’s amazing cocktail selection.
Art Bar features modern and quirky black and white design, with mirrors and glass surfaces, and is reserved for unpretentious hang outs with friends. Lisbon’s bohemian youth frequent Art Bar, so you can always spot immaculately dressed individuals dancing to the latest hip hop and R&B tracks. The menu of Art Bar offers a good variety of reasonably priced drinks, including beers and champagne, that will not leave you penniless.
Located in the Docas area of Lisbon, on the riverfront of the Tagus, this lounge bar and restaurant lives up to its name as it features relaxing and smooth blues and jazz tunes. The restaurant serves specialities of international cuisine, and has a great selection of drinks at affordable prices. The menu includes some exotic seafood and some vegetarian dishes, which are an unusual choice for Portuguese cafés and restaurants. A visit to Blues Café will become a wonderful place for an intimate and romantic dinner by the river.
Opening hours: Fri-Sat 11pm-6am
Watch out for: an intimate dinner in elegant setting
Perhaps the best sushi restaurant in whole of Lisbon, Estado Liquido is a perfect combination of a formal restaurant and a relaxed lounge. The menu offers classic sushi and sashimi tastes with raw fish of the best quality. Their special sushi lounge menu is worth trying, as it consists of salmon cubes marinated in garlic, piri-piri sauce and decorated with flying fish roe. The interior decoration is minimalist and executed in dark colors that create an intimate feel. The bar at Estado Liquido has a creative drink, the sakerinha, a caipirinha made with sake and fruits, and it is worth visiting them just to inspect the greatness of the drink.
Taverna Tosca offers the unique concept of a traditional Portuguese tavern with a grocery shop next door. The menu at Tosca eatery offers delicacies of Portuguese cuisine and the bar also has a range of carefully selected wines available by the glass. Typical meals include Portuguese cured meats, spiced sausages, regional cheeses and codfish pancakes. While visiting Taverna Tasca, choose their daily lunch menu, which will give you a perfect chance of sampling Portuguese food for an inexpensive price. The lunch menu varies every day but always includes soup of the day, a main course, a drink and coffee.
Located in an 18th century building, Matiz Pombalina bar has preserved the antique mood and combined it with contemporary features. The interior of the bar consists of old tile panels and vintage furnishings, which accompanied by authentic jazz and soul tunes create an inviting atmosphere for a cocktail. Matiz Pombalina is good for cocktail tasting, as it offers a great selection of more than 20 varieties of innovative and classic cocktails, among which are the three signature cocktails of the bar, Pombalino, Matiz and Obama.
Conveniently located by the riverside, K Urban Beach features a hippy and friendly atmosphere, with good chill music and soft sofas placed on the patio to create an outdoor relaxing zone during warmer months. The dance floor is filled with lilac and emerald lights and the occasional laser beam. It is a perfect space to choose as your ultimate dining destination and to stay here for the whole night, as it opens from six in the evening. The menu at K Urban Beach features delicious sushi offers and grilled steaks. The drinking menu here suggests an excellent variety of author’s and classic cocktails with an expensive price tag, as expected in a sophisticated and stylish place like this.
Price: fine dining
Opening hours: 6pm-6am daily
Watch out for: laid back beach setting in the city jungle
Radio Hotel is a club famous for its electronic music parties held every Friday and Saturday night. Located on the riverside in the Alcântara district, Radio Hotel features soft and pastel décor in blue colors, creating an elegant yet relaxed ambiance. DJs make sure that the sounds of music never stop at Radio Hotel, and there are plenty of comfortable sofas for those who prefer to spend their leisure time in a less active manner. Radio Hotel offers a chilled bar, with a large space dedicated for mixing cocktails and serving soft drinks, and strong alcoholic beverages, including shots and gin.
Featuring a concept borrowed from the Hollywood film of the same name, as well as New York bar practices, Coyote Ugly was created by Luis Heath and Manuela Lopes, who have combined a bar with live performance venue. Coyote Ugly can be both an ideal dinner location, with their juicy and savory Argentinian steak speciality presented in front of your eyes by talented Portuguese chef, or it can be a place to sip on cocktail and enjoy a special performance of six coyote girls, who appear on the counter singing and dancing throughout the night. For such hot stages, gin would be the best drink, because it will cool you down.
Opening hours: Thu and Sun 10pm-2am; Fri-Sat 11pm-4am
Located in Docas on the riverfront, Café Da Ponte is definitely one of the most popular cafés in Santos. It offers stunning views of Lisbon’s marina and the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge, and has over two dozen classic and contemporary variations of cocktails to keep you company. Café Da Ponte specialises in seafood, which is affordable and prepared using top quality raw fish from local producers.