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Things to do in Lisbon • Music and clubs

Time Out’s Portuguese editors highlight the best music, clubs and nightlife the vibrant city of Lisbon has to offer

Lux nightclub in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

Things to do in Lisbon: Lux nightclub in full swing © Filipe Bianchi

Live music and clubs in Lisbon

Stageside at MusicBox  in Lisbon, Portugal

Stageside at MusicBox © Filipe Bianchi

It’s impossible to talk about live music, clubs and nightlife in Lisbon without mentioning Lux – hands down the city’s most stylish venue. Its impeccable interior – with two dancefloors and a terrace overlooking the river Tagus – attracts a polysexual clientele, who come to dance till the early hours to skilled resident DJs and a weekly line-up of top international acts.

Down the road, the eclectic MusicBox, a club, bar and concert venue, is the place to get down in Cais do Sodré, Lisbon’s old red light district and now an area favoured by the capital’s hip young things. While in the neighbourhood, grab a drink at the eccentric Sol e Pesca – a refurbished fishing equipment store where you can snack on tinned tuna and sardines with your beer.

If you’re prepared to get sweaty, Lounge won’t disappoint – you’ll have a hard time getting to the bar, but this spot with free live music and excellent DJs is hard to beat on a weekend, as the crowds inside will attest.

Nightlife in Lisbon has gained an exciting element since the birth of a new wave of semi-private clubs – collective-run spaces where you can enjoy a coffee and a cultural event by day and dance to pounding music at night. Casa Independente is one of the best.

For a mellower slice of the capital don’t leave without hearing some fado. This Portuguese brand of urban folk can be traced back to the early 19th century and isn’t going anywhere in a hurry. Rub shoulders with the locals at intimate venue Senhor Vinho, which has played host to legends like Gisela João and Aldina Duarte.

Speaking of legends, Lisbon is home to one of Europe’s oldest jazz bars, Hot Club, on Praça da Alegria. Jazz lovers visiting in August are also in for a treat at the annual Jazz em Agosto, an experimental jazz festival held in the gardens of the Gulbenkian.


Music and clubs details

Lux Avenida Infante D Henrique, Cais da Pedra Armazém A, Santa Apolónia. +351 21 882 0890.
MusicBox Rua Nova do Carvalho 24. +351 21 343 0107.
Sol e Pesca Rua Nova do Carvalho 44. +351 21 346 7203.
Lounge Rua da Moeda 1, Cais do Sodré. No phone.
Casa Independente Largo do Intendente 45. +351 21 887 5143.
Senhor Vinho Rua do Meio à Lapa 18. +351 21 397 2681.
Hot Club Praça da Alegria 48. +351 21 346 0305. 


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