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The Top 10 LGBT Clubs and Bars in Lisbon

Picture of Nina Santos
Updated: 9 May 2017

If you’re searching for LGBT bars and clubs in Lisbon, look no further than Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real, which are brimming with plenty of watering holes that are popular among the gay, lesbian, and trans communities. Here is a breakdown of the top bars to check out when visiting Lisbon and looking for someplace a bit more colorful.

Construction

It’s only open for two days each week, on Friday and Saturday, but those two days see a lot of dancing action. Construction is an LGBTIX and hetero-friendly club in Príncipe Real. Expect a mix of house and electronic music, plus lots of amazing visuals, after crossing the threshold. Construction hosts a number of themed nights, including 80s nights, holiday-themed festivals, and Brazilian nights. This year, they will collaborate with Eliad Cohen from Papa Party, and Construction will be the official Portuguese partner of the We World Pride Festival 2017, which will take place in Madrid at the end of June.

Location and Phone Number:

R. Cecílio de Sousa 84, 1200-102 Lisboa,  +351 21 342 8971

Portas Largas

These doors certainly are large and wide open to everyone. Portas Largas is one of the most popular bars in Bairro Alto, known for a combination of live and electronic music as well as their large and cheap cocktails. The décor is a bit traditional, with antique furniture adding an extra touch, and it’s a hot spot among members of both the LGBT and straight communities who are looking for a fun night and inexpensive drinks.

Location and Phone Number:

R. da Atalaia 105, 1200-037 Lisboa, +351 21 346 6379

Great cocktails can be expected at LGBT-friendly Portas Largas © Pixabay

Great cocktails can be expected at LGBT-friendly Portas Largas |© Pixabay

Trumps

For a night of dancing to house and pop music, this is the venue that claims to “trump” the others. Trumps, located in Príncipe Real, is one of the oldest and largest gay clubs in Lisbon, which attracts everyone from lesbians to gay men and straight clubbers. It’s a couple of blocks from the Botanical Garden belonging to the University of Lisbon and a short walk from the Rato metro station.

Location and Phone Number:

R. da Imprensa Nacional 104, 1250-127 Lisboa, +351 915 938 266

There are many great places for gay men who love to dance © Pixabay

Lisbon offers many great places for gay men who love to dance |© Pixabay

Trombeta Bath

Who’s up for hitting the steam rooms and then enjoying a cool drink? Down the road from Portas Largas in Bairro Alto is Trombeta Bath, a sauna house with a bar inside. Clearly, this venue is very different from the others, with private saunas and a Turkish Bath serving as the main features, but the bar also provides a social environment for anyone in the mood for a drink and tunes.

Location and Phone Number:

R. do Trombeta 1C, 1200-471 Lisboa, +351 216 095 626

Saunas come with the package in Lisbon's LGBT circuit © Pixabay

Saunas come with the package in Lisbon’s LGBT circuit |© Pixabay

Bar Cru

What’s your fetish? Around the corner from Trumps in Príncipe Real is Bar Cru, a male gay bar with a few different fixations. The entrance fee is €5 (unless you’re a member, then it’s €4) and patrons have a strict dress code to follow from nude to underwear to fetish-special garments (leather anyone?). The Cru store, which is attached, is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and sells everything from jock straps and sportswear to lubricant and toys. In the evenings, Bar Cru hosts dance parties, as well as other types of parties.

Location and Phone Number:

R. São Marçal 170, 1200-423 Lisboa, +351 938 306 078

Fetish is the theme at Bar Cru © Pixabay

Fetish is the theme at Bar Cru |© Pixabay

Finalment

This may be the best show in the Portuguese capital (at least that’s what their website says). Located on the western border of Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real, Finalmente (which translates to “finally”) is a drag show that has been performing in Lisbon since 1976. The show begins at 3 a.m. and everyone is welcome, although this spot does have a knack for attracting transvestites, in particular.

Location and Phone Number:

R. da Palmeira 38, 1200-313 Lisboa, +351 21 347 9923

Gayola

Everyone is welcome at the Gayola, a bar and steakhouse that’s popular among both the LGBT and straight crowds. This is a colorful spot to visit in Príncipe Real for dinner, with their steaks and burgers known as the chart toppers. In the evening, patrons enjoy dining and then sticking around the venue (or showing up after dinner) to enjoy drinks amidst retro decorations that include lime green sofa chairs and bright pink tables.

Location and Phone Number:

R. da Imprensa Nacional 116B, 1200-257 Lisboa, +351 21 397 4493

Anyone up for beers, burgers and bears? © Pixabay

Anyone up for beers, burgers, and bears? |© Pixabay

TR3S

A short walk from Finalmente is TR3S, another “bear bar” that organizes themed party nights (and events during the day). Many men consider this the spot to begin the night, which opens at 4 p.m. every day and closes at 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on the weekends. Any bears visiting Lisbon at the end of May should also look into the Lisbon Bear Pride 2017, organized by TR3S, which is a meeting event for men!

Location and Phone Number:

R. Ruben A. Leitão 2, 1200-165 Lisboa, +351 21 346 3012

SaunaPolo 56

Not all the LGBT bars are in Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real! SaunaPolo 56 may be a bit difficult to find for anyone not familiar with Lisbon, but it will be worth the search. Call for Marco and maybe someone will yell Polo from the sauna, spa, bar, or club, all which encompass SaunaPolo 56. The crowd is mixed LGBT and nightly events are geared towards one community at a time, or multiple communities at one time.

Location and Phone Number:

R. Luciano Cordeiro 56A, 1150-069 Lisboa, +351 926 136 808

Woof LX

Last but not least is Woof Lx in Príncipe Real, a gay bar that has been open since 2010. It’s known mostly among “bears” (like TR3S) but welcomes all gay men. The music in the bar (which is solely electronic) is a combination of house and pop, and the venue is not to be confused with Woof X down the road, which is specifically a cruise bar.

Location and Phone Number:

R. da Palmeira 44A, 1200-311 Lisboa, +351 21 346 8418

Lisbon has many gay bars that welcome everyone © Pixabay

Lisbon has many trendy gay bars |© Pixabay