Pressing pause on the excitement of discovering Lisbon’s downtown for a glass or two of Portuguese wine is always a good idea. Considered a national treasure by enthusiasts, Portuguese wines have attracted plenty of international attention, and northern Portugal, home of the Douro Valley, is where you’ll find one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world, also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You won’t need to travel across the country to try delicious glasses of vinho, however, because these wine bars have you covered.
By The Wine
Wine Bar, Wine Seller, Portuguese, $$$
By The Wine offers tasty snack options to accompany the wine | Michael Thomas / Alamy Stock Photo
Located in Chiado, By The Wine, spearheaded by famous vintner José Maria da Fonseca, is one of the country’s leading wine sellers. In addition to the traditional wine cellar setting and beautiful arched bar and dining room, customers rave about the petiscos, traditional meats, and cheese platters in addition to the wide selection of vinho. Choose which wines you want to try from a vast selection available by the glass and bottle.
“Wine Not” visit this fantastic location decked out from floor to ceiling with wine bottles? Wine Not? is a wine and tapas bar located around the corner from the famous Café A Brasileira and the shopping center Armazéns do Chiado. After entering, you’ll notice the logo Casa Ermelinda Freitas highlighting the bar’s partnership with this well-known winery located east of Setúbal and south of Lisbon. From whites to reds and rosés, Wine Not? answers its own question, and there is no reason not to give it a try.
Established in 1790, Sandeman has had centuries perfecting their Port wines, and now you can try these sweet drinks at the Sandeman Chiado in Lisbon. Make sure to have plenty of time, too, because there are many to try, not to mention the Port wine-inspired cocktails, an array of traditional snacks, and Portuguese meals. Choose to sit inside the wine room or outside on the terrace to enjoy the spectacular view surrounded by historic buildings in one of the city’s lovely squares.
Located on the first floor of an 18th-century historic building in Chiado, the Tágide Wine and Tapas Bar is a cozy and sophisticated wine and dining spot just below the beautiful and esteemed Tágide Restaurant. Just around the corner from the famous Rua Augusta Archway, it’s steps from the tourist crowds but provides a serene place to relax with a glass of wine and a myriad of snacks that include traditional canned fish, chips made with Azorean cheese, and Portuguese sausages artistically presented.
For a slightly different experience in Lisbon, head over to Wine & Pisco and enjoy a mix of Portuguese and Peruvian flavors. Located near the northern end of Rossio Square, it has been serving delicious wines, brandies, and Peruvian dishes like ceviche since opening its doors in 2013.
How do you know that you’ll find quality wines at this location? Time Out Lisbon Magazine‘s wine critic says so. Specializing in Portuguese wines from each major region, it’s an excellent place to sample every style from dry reds to smooth whites and bubbly sweet dessert wines. You can find O Bar da Odete at two locations: Time Out Market (which is fitting) and just north of Rossio Square (before reaching Avenida da Liberdade). Don’t forget to try the snack items on the menu, too.
As the name suggests, Nova Wine Bar is one of the newer wine bars in Baixa Chiado, but it didn’t take long for it to make a great impression. Soothing music serenades the dining room and wine bar that serves traditional Portuguese cuisine and a variety of national wines by the glass and bottle, which the knowledgeable staff can help you select if you’re unsure which wine to try first.
Located in Praça do Comércio, ViniPortugal isn’t a wine bar but a tasting room offering a complete Portuguese wine experience. With as little as €3, you can begin tasting between 4-6 different Portuguese wines by the glass, and there are approximately 1,000 to choose from, stemming from different Portuguese wine regions. Wide and bright with long tables running along the main room, this is an excellent place to take your wine-loving friends and try as many Portuguese wines as your budget will allow.