A sunset in Lisbon doesn’t mean it’s the end of the day, Lisbon’s nightlife is just beginning – as it starts at sunset and goes on till dawn. Usually, a night out lasts until the next morning, given that most bars don’t close until 2am and discos are open until 6am or even later. The options and offers for a night out vary according to the individual’s taste, but quality and fun are always guaranteed.
Lisbon’s nightlife districts:
Bairro Alto – Head to Bairro Alto, for stunning views of the city and partying in Lisbon’s most popular nightclub district. Just up the hill from Chiado, this is the place to go out in town. Tiny little streets which are empty in the daytime become crammed walkways which are difficult to get through.
Cais do Sodré – For more of a clubbing experience, try the Cais do Sodré area (just below Chiado and Bairro Alto, near the river), where trendy night clubs have recently opened which are attracting new crowds – here you can also go clubbing and occasionally catch live music from rock to jazz or electronica.
Príncipe Real – This area exudes an bohemian aura of intellectual avant-garde. With a varied offer from gay bars – increasingly inviting to all sexual orientations – and bars full of style and tradition, here the night has a wide range of choices. Up in Príncipe Real is one of the Lisbon’s most celebrated watering holes, Pavilhão Chinês, where a bizarre collection of curious knick-knacks line the walls of this extraordinary establishment. For a refined night out, head over to Cinco Lounge, where surprising cocktails are mixed with skill and finesse.
Parque das Nações – Finally, Parque das Nações, where the Expo 98 has been organized, is the most modern part of the city, with futuristic buildings and a great view to the river. Here you can find many trendy restaurants and bars with Portuguese and international cuisine and excellent drinks and cocktails. Some of this bars and restaurants are situated on top of magnificent buildings, with stunning views or terraces along the river.