Situated in Lisbon’s historic city center, these venues combine some of the most extravagant elements of the city’s world-famous night-and-bar-life. Here are some of the most popular.
Located in the heart of historic Lisbon and well-famed for its huge catalogue of mixed drinks and its chic atmosphere, the CINCO Lounge offers one of the best bar-going experiences in Lisbon. The lounge attracts a diverse clientele, and its prices, though slightly higher on account of quality, are never prohibitive. CINCO is also committed to using the best fresh ingredients in their cocktails, like the ‘Jumping Jessica,’ made with tequila, grilled peppers, lime juice, ginger, and green chartreuse!
CINCO Lounge, R. Ruben A. Leitão, 1200-329 Lisbon, Portugal (+351) 21 342 4033
With its sumptuous, palatial interior, damask-upholstered chairs, and cozy, meandering rooms and passages, Matiz-Pombalina is certainly among the more decadent sorts of cocktail bars in the city, as well as being one of the best-reviewed. Though boasting a long list of classic cocktails, Pombalina is committed to customizing their drinks to the wishes of their clients – any ingredients, in any combination. Nothing is off-limits. With an atmosphere that is more reserved when compared to the night-club ambience of CINCO, Pombalina is the perfect place to relax with a custom-made cocktail to the sounds of jazz and soul.
Matiz-Pombalina, R. Trinas 25, 1200-855 Lisbon, Portugal (+351) 21 404 3703
This resort-inspired night-club and cocktail bar is an absolute must-see. With potted palms, aquamarine glass fixtures, an indoor hammock, and beach-signs seemingly taken from the shores of Bali itself, Bali Bar is all about the atmosphere – and, as countless reviewers will attest, it carries it out to perfection. Stop in through the late afternoon for coffee and snacks, or stick around for the live music performances and the exotic, ebullient ambience of late night in Bali. This place is perfect for meeting new people, hanging out with friends, and rounding off a great night with dancing, extravagant cocktails and a fine selection of Portuguese tapas.
Bali Bar, Bairro Alto, 117 R. do Norte, 1200-287 Lisbon, Portugal (+351) 918 576 490
Sunset Cocktail. Angelo Amboldi/Flickr.
The Decadente Restaurant & Bar
Located in one of the oldest, most exclusive of Lisbon’s downtown neighborhoods (the Bairro Alto district) and adjoining the Independente Hostel, the Decadente Restaurant and Bar remains one of the most popular dinner and cocktail venues for locals and visitors alike. The Decadente is one of the best places in the city for enjoying sumptuous cuisine from all-locally-bought ingredients, or relaxing outside with one of their widely-famed cocktails to the sound of live performances seven days a week!
The Decadente Restaurant and Bar, R. São Pedro de Alcântara 81, 1250-238 Lisbon, Portugal (+351) 21 346 1381
Part-owned by actor John Malkovich, Lux features three mood-specific floors – modern club-music on the ground floor, alternative and jazz numbers upstairs, and a rooftop terrace bar, which commands an extensive view of the city and the adjoining Tagus River. Its exorbitant interior – featuring cascading crystal chandeliers, criss-crossing linear neon lights, and an expansive pillared dance-floor – is extravagant in every way. Its nightly live performances, range of classic drinks and cocktails and quality entertainment have made Lux one of the most widely-reviewed and sought-after venues on the continent.
Lux Fragil, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 1950-376 Lisbon, Portugal (+351) 21 882 0890
Lux Fragil. Mark Jensen/Flickr.