Best Lisbon's bars:
No matter how many times you go up to the terrace at Rio Maravilha, the view will make your chin drop. The place has always been known for its relaxed mood, fit for dancing or drinking; now, its new kitchen brigade, led by chef Hugo Dias de Castro and barman Diogo Botelho, presents a strong cocktail and snacks menu served outdoors (food from 2pm to 10pm). You can have a brandy sour with grapefruit and coriander (€9) to go with pork cheeks and smoked cottage cheese (€4), or a raspberry and pop rocks margarita (€9) to go with sweet potato chips (€5).
Undoubtedly the finest Chiado bar for a drink before a dinner for two. Quiet, with art on the walls, nice music, a real cocktail menu and good service - it is one of those places where, after a few sips, you are likely to hear the question "so, are you enjoying your drink?". If you order a Peruvian Passport (elderberry liqueur, apple juice and lime, €11) or a Punta Cana Julep (rum, blackberry and raspberry liqueur, peppermint and soda, €10), you will nod in agreement. The finest tables are those located near the windows, which are always open and have a view towards the Largo de Camões and the tourists in line for the number 28 tram.
Come rain or shine, the top floor bar at Tivoli Avenida da Liberdade is always open so that patrons can enjoy the view, have a drink, catch some sun and do other things any Lisboner will appreciate. They also have a real cocktail menu, including a good Bloody Mary (€12) and also some curious inventions, such as the Moonshell (gin, tequila, grapefruit juice and lime, €17) or the shareable cocktails (from €35), making this an absolute must in any list of suggestions for late evening drinks.
It is worth remembering that Red Frog placed 92nd in a list of the world's best bars. The menu has been renewed, and some classics have been slightly revised, such as Decadence Legs (€11), a Cosmopolitan-inspired concoction, prepared with Martini, gin, cranberry, bay-leaf and hibiscus. Its semi-secret status also makes it the perfect place for those who prefer late evenings as the time for a date.
Think of the perfect evening combination of oysters and cocktails. The former may come au naturel (€3) or with several seasonings, such as cucumber water, confit lemon or salicornia (€4); the latter are designed by the talented Fernão Gonçalves, and include a popular Gin Fizz with peas and makrut lime (€8), or a pineapple and peanut daiquiri (€12). The kitchen closes in the afternoon, but the bar is always open and you can take a seat at the counter.
Every good Lisboner will have instagrammed: 1) the Ferroviário tropical terrace with a view to the river; 2) the flamingo-filled wallpaper covering said terrace. Since reopening under new management, with a new concept and a revamped look, Ferroviário has drawn crowds, either curious or looking for an outdoors spot to lie down. Great for an evening drink or, if you want to have fun throughout the night, take advantage of the snacks menu, which also includes simple dishes such as ceviche or guacamole.
Coffee is the main ingredient in this new Martim Moniz cocktail bar. A cosy place for people looking to get off the beaten path, its concept is tied to the era when coffee was a hot commodity for smugglers (hence the name). There's coffee in almost every cocktail. Try the Mojito Raiano (rum infused with coffee, ginger beer, vanilla and passion fruit, €10), or go for something different and try a Padrón pepper margarita (hibiscus, triple sec and tequila, 10€). Remember to thank João Resende, bartender and co-owner, for his creativity. Beer: €3
Warning: Cinco Lounge is a late evening drinks bar for the kind of people who work very, very late (eg: consultants, doctors and the like). It only opens at 9pm. But that is a fine time to enjoy the creations of the great Dave Palethorpe and his team, and to let the world know (through social media, of course) that you are in Lisbon's first real cocktail bar. This is a place where you should trust the bartenders and try original stuff such as Lose your Licence (€10) or Hot Tub (€8), both of them with rum.
New bars open in Lisbon every month, but few make their mark as quickly as has DAMAS, which opened in April last year just off the Largo da Graça. During the day and in the early evening it is a restaurant, but at some point hour it turns into a bar and concert venue with dancefloor. There is music for all tastes in the course of the night and always a good atmosphere.
Majong, a busy corner watering hole, is a key Bairro Alto bar, with cool decor and a well-judged DJ-driven soundtrack. It's favoured by a self-consciously avant-garde crowd, but don't let that put you off. After 11pm it can get absurdly crowded. Smoking is allowed here.
Constança Cordeiro is a phenomenon who moved from London last year, after spending three years there perfecting her mixology skills. Her cocktails are based on Portuguese fresh produce, and influenced by foraging. Her small bar near the Largo do Carmo serves original drinks such as Tágide (gin, olive oil, elderberry, Mateus Rosé, €11), or Abelha, (Macallan 12, honey and figtree leaves, €12); it has a central area where 12 people can sit and chat (or not). Beer: €5
The name means 'Love Boarding House' - a nod to the building's past as a place of business for sex workers and their clients. Trendy locals now flock here to see and be seen in the over-the-top lounge bar - a sort of decadent tearoom, open from late afternoon - and attached rooms, which include an old-style disco. There are occasional concerts and the background music is eclectic.
BouBou’s just opened in Príncipe Real, far from the agitation of the main streets, and its outdoors tables are perfect for the late Portuguese summer. Behind it are two foreigners who fell in love with Portugal and aim for a democratic kitchen, with various influences to please a diverse crowd. You may get a better idea of what we mean by having evening cocktails such as Pilar (rum, Luxardo Maraschino, spring tea and black walnut bitters, €10), or snacks such as rabbit croquettes (€4) or tapioca marshmallow (€4). Beer: €3
In a decaying mansion that has housed all manner of clubs and associations over the past century or so, this is the latest (and probably the liveliest) incarnation. The large front 'Tiger Room' hosts gigs and DJ sets, there are various small rooms that are good for a chat or a spot of work on your tablet, and the café and back patio are great places to relax. The bar serves a good range of teas, fresh juices and cocktails, while finger food is served until midnight.
In the trendy Cais do Sodré area, with a well-known young chef, Nuno Bergonse, serving fashionable comfort food made from top-quality ingredients, Duplex – a restaurant upstairs from a bar – could only be a success. And it is, a big one.
The Portuguese title for the Sergio Leone film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly provided the name for this ambitious project, hinting at its multifaceted nature: bar, restaurant, film club and music venue, with concerts or DJ sets daily. Check the Facebook page for details. In contrast to most Lisbon bars, where house and electronica rule, here soul, funk, Afrobeat and jazz dominate. Several rooms feature striking murals by local artists.
Lounge, a roomy Bairro Alto-style bar, has moderate prices, an unkempt and youngish crowd, and interesting musical events. On regular nights, decent DJs spin an underground mix of electro and minimal techno, and there's the occasional themed party. It's packed inside and out at weekends, when ordering a drink can be a challenge.
No, Bistro 100 Maneiras is not new in Lisbon - and the inimitable Jorge Camilo's cocktails are even less so. The novelty is in the expanded opening hours, established since early June. But chef Ljubomir Stanisic and his team don't just work more hours now - they also created a snack menu, served from 3pm to 7pm, where you will find, for instance, cuttlefish with panka (€11) or "cozido" croquettes (€12); and there is also an alcohol-free cocktail list, including the Brewberry (€7; strawberry, cranberry and smoked kombucha. But don't worry, the bartender also continues to serve alcoholic beverages.
The Graça district-born craft beer brand has had a great year. First it opened a kiosk in the Largo da Graça, with several tap and bottled beers, perfect for cooling down in the evening. Then came the Oitava Colina Taproom, on Damasceno Monteiro street, a gastropub with plenty to drink or nibble. But let's focus on the kiosk, where several beers by the brand rotate on the taps, and you can have hot sandwiches or cheese boards to fill your stomach.
Zazah is a chill restaurant in the Príncipe Real area; Zazah Good View is a new terrace bar at LACS (Lisbon Art Center & Studios), located in the Cais da Rocha do Conde de Óbidos, and it promises to be a haven for those who enjoy a late afternoon drink. There is a view over the harbour containers, the boats, the Tagus and the Christ the Redeemer statue. There is also a bar serving several cocktails, you can order snacks and there are DJs on some nights (mostly weekends). Inside, you can also find Okah, an Asian restaurant.
Located in the Cais do Sodré, it has a day-long café-restaurant concept. What this means is that they serve everything from breakfast to dinner, and than you can order granola for dinner without getting sideways looks. For later in the day, there is also a cocktail menu including pisco sour (€8) or Citrus Moscow Mule (€9), and wine by the glass or bottle in a list that is small but has a few interesting wines. There are also snacks. Beer: €1.60
The bar attached to art space Galeria Zé dos Bois (which often hosts concerts of experimental music), up a flight of stairs. It is very LGBT-friendly and has DJ sets (and people who really let themselves go on the floor when the right music is on) plus other events.
The phrase 'do tempo da Maria Caxuxa' means old and old-fashioned, but this café-bar in a barely renovated former bakery packs in hip folk in their twenties and thirties. During the week it's an ideal place to wind down to a loungey soundtrack. DJs spin dub and house music from Thursday to Saturday, when space is at a premium and drinkers spill out on to the street.