The Best Bars and Clubs on Lisbon's Pink Street

Pink Street
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Nina Santos

Once the sun goes down, one street that you can count on to have a crowd and plenty of drinks in Lisbon is the aptly named Pink Street located in Cais do Sodre and around the corner from the historic Mercado da Ribeira. Decades ago, it was Lisbon’s red light district, but now this is one of the coolest bar-hopping spots near the river. Here’s our list of the best bars and clubs on Lisbon’s Pink Street.

1. The Music Box

Music Venue

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Music-loving locals all know about the Music Box, and it doesn’t take long before expat residents learn of it too. This is a popular concert venue and nightclub that hosts a variety of music, including many up-and-coming Portuguese bands. You can find the entrance underneath the colorful bridge that separates Pink Street’s two sides, across from Pink Wine Point.

2. Pink Wine Point

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Portuguese

Across the way from The Music Box is another entrance, this one leading into the stylish Pink Wine Point, a cozy cavern-like bar where you can order wine in addition to a plethora of cocktail combinations. Visit with friends for drinks and live music on the weekends. Unlike The Music Box, Pink Wine Point is the place to go for a relaxing but fun night, in an equally lovely setting.

3. Pensão Amor

Bar, Portuguese

Pensao Amor, Lisbon bar, Portugal
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At one point or another, every bar-hopper in Lisbon has visited Pensão Amor, at least to see the bold decor, if not for the drinks and socializing. Once a brothel, it comprises different rooms filled with bright decor, cushy seating, unique art, and a dancer’s pole. There is even a ‘library’ filled with erotic books. The back entrance opens to Pink Street, but entering from the front entrance at Rua Alecrim is much more impressive – the front room is decorated from floor to ceiling in bright colors and shocking artwork (the ceiling is even a work of art).

4. Sol e Pesca

Restaurant, Portuguese

Perhaps you have heard of Portugal’s love affair with canned fish; Sol e Pesca is one of those low-key and local restaurants where you will enjoy trying them out. At night, swing by to sit on the terrace and sample a few flavors with friends over some beers or wine. Inside, you may not find it hard to believe that it was once a fish tackle shop, since the walls are still covered in fishing gear.

5. Espumantaria do Cais

Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Portuguese, European

Espumantaria do Cais is a wine and cocktail bar in Pink Street with a full menu of petiscos (Portuguese appetizers) so you can snack while you drink. The trendy restaurant and bar are welcoming, and there is seating outside too, so you can opt to catch Pink Street’s action, smoke, and/or enjoy the night air. Among their long list of beverages, the champagne is recommended.

6. Europa

Nightclub, Portuguese

For a casual night of dancing, Europa is one of the more popular nightclubs in Lisbon. It is also one of the older clubs in the city. Some nights are themed, so don’t be surprised if you visit on 80s night, but the venue also rotates musical genres. It is laid-back but busy – this is one of the clubs in the area that stays open until the sun rises again.

7. 4 Caravelas Cocktail Bar

Cocktail Bar, Portuguese

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Casual and inviting, this place is another popular spot in Lisbon’s trendy Pink Street where (no surprise here) the cocktail mixtures are the bartender’s specialty. Try one of their daily specials for €5 (USD$5.80). Despite the location in this trendy part of the city, the 4 Caravelas Cocktail Bar feels more like an intimate neighborhood bar.

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