Unconventional and free-spirited Bairro Alto isn’t all dive bars and crowded restaurants. It has its fair share of sophisticated wine tasting spots, too. Here are the best places to sit back and appreciate the different Portuguese wines in one of Lisbon’s most loved neighborhoods.
As its name suggests, Grapes & Bites is all about wine and food (especially Portuguese appetizers called petiscos). Choose the flavors for your palate from around 1000 different wines in a renovated 18th-century building where carriages were once held. Visitors will know that this is an excellent choice from the moment they walk in, between the wine bottles that fill the walls and the wine barrels that act as tables. Grapes & Bites is also one of the venues in Bairro Alto that offers live music, so patrons can relax with an aromatic glass while losing themselves to tunes.
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Sometimes, a glass of wine is just what the doctor ordered. Upon entering The Old Pharmacy, there will be no mistaking that this spot was, in fact, a pharmacy once upon a time. The décor alone will help provide a different kind of experience from other wine bars, and the white walls and colorful accents keep this venue light and bright. Though the owners are not Portuguese, the wines and treats all are, and patrons can expect an enjoyable selection of drinks and food at The Old Pharmacy as they would at any of the other bars.
For an authentic wine tasting experience, the Lisbon Winery is a no brainer. They specialize in popular and high-quality wines, as well as a small yet full menu that spans Portuguese artisanal cheeses, gourmet pork sausages, ham, and homemade jams. Over 200 wines are on the menu, which cost around €4 on the low end and go up in price depending on the wine. Tastings at the higher rate include a sampling of five premium wines or Port wines for €65 per person, and the Lisbon Winery offers a tasting of three extra virgin olive oil styles for €3 as a special touch.
Call Francisco, the man in charge at Venha Vinho, and learn all about Portuguese wines from the Verde region, Alentejo, Tejo, Lisbon, Dão, Bairrada, and Douro (among others). Choose between sampling three or five wines with someone special, or organize an entire wine tasting party with a group of family and friends. Depending on which experience is chosen, a tasting can last between 60 to 120 minutes. Venha Vinho also offers wine classes and week-long regional wine tours, but for a simple day visit in Lisbon, this venue has received raving reviews.
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