Lisbon is a famous center of fado, traditional Portuguese folk music that is melancholic in nature. But the city is a great place to visit to experience any genre of music, from rock to jazz, and to discover new local artists. The central districts of Lisbon have become epicenters for buzzing nightlife and a diverse music scene. Take a look at the best places to see live music in the Portuguese capital.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Gifted musicians from all corners of the world come to perform in Hot Clube de Portugal, giving the venue its unique, multicultural atmosphere, and highlighting how far the culture of jazz has come in Portugal since the patron, Luis Villas-Boas, spread the sounds of jazz on Lisbon’s radio in late 1940s. Dexter Gordon, Mark Turner, Aaron Goldberg, and John Abercrombie have all performed there. Despite the club’s busy schedule, tickets are regularly available at the door, and are very cheap.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Performance at Hot Clube Portugal © João Ornelas/Flickr
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
This former bakery was redesigned and now offers a classic fado house experience, with seven different fadistas performing nightly. The proud founder and owner, Maria Da Fé, is an internationally famous singer. Booking beforehand is highly recommended, as this place is popular with tourists and the restaurant fills up very quickly. While the food is fantastic, the real thrill is the authentic fado performance. Senhor Vinho has bravely withstood the test of time, welcoming guests for 40 years.
Hours: Daily 7:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Address: Senhor Vinho, Rua do Meio á Lapa, 18, Lisbon, +351 213 972 681
Coliseu dos Recreios
Also known as the “Lisbon Coliseum,” this venue provides a multi-purpose space for artists, hosting a range of events that include concerts, conferences, seminars, and exhibitions. Coliseu dos Recreios was previously used as a circus venue, but has been organizing classical music events and large-scale concerts for the last 30 years. One of Lisbon’s oldest entertainment venues, the Coliseum has developed a cult-like fan club thanks to its edgy architecture, with iron details and an incredible iron dome. It is worth visiting for its excellent example of late-19th century architecture alone.
Hours: Ticket office open Monday to Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Address: Coliseu dos Recreios, Rua das Portas de Santo Antao, 96, Baixa, Lisbon, +351 21 324 0580
Sabotage Rock Club
Located riverside on the Tagus in central Lisbon, Sabotage is the best choice for those who prefer rock music. Sabotage was created by Carlos Costa as an alternative meeting point, proving it to be as rebellious as its name suggests. If you’re a fan of classic rock music, and fancy discovering the hidden talents of the alternative Lisbon scene, this space will be the highlight of your stay.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.
Address: Sabotage Club, Rua de São Paulo, 14 e 16, Cais do Sodré, Lisbon, +351 213 470 235
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