The Best Wine Bars in Príncipe Real, Lisbon

Wine in Lisbon
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Nina Santos

Wine aficionados have many options in terms of wine bars in Lisbon, and Príncipe Real is a great neighborhood for getting the night started. Brimming with excellent nightlife, restaurants, green spaces, and boutique shopping, Príncipe Real is one of Lisbon’s trendiest neighborhoods. Here is a list of charming venues where you can enjoy a glass of wine in one of Lisbon’s coolest areas.

1. Carinho do Vinho

Restaurant, Wine Bar, Bodega, Portuguese, Tapas

If you’re looking for that one cozy place where it’s easy to be a regular, the Carinho do Vinho may be the spot for you. Opened by an expat couple a few years ago, it still has all the charm and comfort of a traditional Portuguese wine bar offering shelves lined with bottles of many blends and varietals. As for food, there is no fixed menu, so you never really know what you’ll get, but tell the staff what your preferences are and let them surprise you. On average, customers usually spend between €15-20 (sometimes a bit more at dinnertime).

2. The Old Pharmacy Wine Bar

Bar, Wine Bar, Portuguese

2. The Old Pharmacy Wine Bar
© Old Pharmacy Wine Inn
Set inside a historic pharmacy and showcasing the original store-like interior, The Old Pharmacy is now a beautiful wine cellar with 200+ Portuguese varieties, many displayed within the cupboards that maybe once stored medicines. Visit for the wine, and stay to enjoy some Portuguese-style tapas called petiscos, including ham and cheese platters that are perfect for sharing.

3. Bottega Montucci

Wine Bar, Portuguese, Tapas

Sommelier Mike Taylor is an expert in Portuguese wines and the owner of Bottega Montucci, a wine bar in Príncipe Real, located around the corner from the University of Lisbon’s botanical garden (called Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa). There is no doubt that this is a special place, as each bottle, from Portugal’s different wine regions, was hand-picked by the owner. Try wines for €6 per glass or sweet wines by the glass (including cheese and chocolate accompaniments) for €10.

5. Foxtrot Bar

Bar, Portuguese

Art Deco design, vintage style, and a fireplace add to the Foxtrot‘s appeal and ambiance. Serving Príncipe Real’s thirsty crowd for the last 30+ years, this venue is a neighborhood icon, and the long wine list, in addition to whiskey and gin, makes it one of the most sought-after spots for a fun night out.

6. The Decadente

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Portuguese

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Located near the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, The Decadente is a sophisticated venue on the border of Príncipe Real and Bairro Alto. Expect 100% Portuguese wines and food when you visit this location, set inside a historic building that was once home to a Swiss ambassador.

7. Tapas Bar 52

Restaurant, Spanish, European

For wine alongside some Spanish-style tapas, consider Tapas Bar 52. Energetic and colorful, it is one of the area’s popular venues and a nice spot where you will find national and Spanish bottles.

8. Garrafeira Alfaia

Bar, Portuguese

8. Garrafeira Alfaia
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Finally, the Garrafeira Alfaia is another cozy and traditional wine bar and one more fantastic spot for enjoying a wide variety of Portuguese wines in addition to snacking on traditional petiscos. Once or twice a month the menu changes, giving regulars more of the region’s best flavors to try. It also has an ambiance that gives first-time visitors a feeling of entering the home of a new friend rather than a venue.
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