Best jazz clubs in Lisbon

Every city has its cult jazz bars - quiet spots with long drinks. These are the finest jazz venues in Lisbon
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Think of it as a jukebox of sorts but, instead of coming to a bar and inserting a coin to listen to the record you want, put the coin on the bar counter, order a drink and hope that the music is good. If you picked the right place and you know what you want to hear, even if the musical selection isn't exactly what you expected, it will still be close enough. Jazz bars work that way: you want to hear Chet Baker and you get Miles Davis, you hope for Duke Ellington and you get Coltrane. Not bad. That's the expectation in these places, the finest jazz clubs in Lisbon.

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All that Jazz

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Hot Clube de Portugal

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Europe's oldest jazz club, operating on the Alegria  Square since 1948, led by Luiz Villas-Boas. The jazz school, now known as Escola Luiz Villas-Boas, was established in 1979, developed by bass player Zé Eduardo, and it currently has 170 students. The jazz club is open to general audiences and concerts take place every week, Tuesdays to Saturdays, between 10pm and 2am. On Tuesdays there are jam sessions, with a different guest musician leading the jam every month. Concerts usually come in two sets, one at 10.30pm, the other at 12am. Entry is usually free for club members, tickets for the general audience vary according to the show, but cost usually around ten euros.

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Foxtrot

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In terms of music, the name says it all. An old style English bar with valet parking (comes handy in that area) and a room with a fireplace (comes handy in winter). It is located in São Bento, near parliament. They serve "lambretas" (15cl beers). A Lisbon classic developed by Luís Pinto Coelho, a businessman who passed away in 2012 and who was also behind Procópio, Paródia and the Chinese Pavillion.

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Páginas Tantas

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Páginas Tantas is a true jazz bar. It has been soldiering on for two decades in the Rua Diário de Notícias, in the Bairro Alto, always with the same purpose: to provide good moments and good music. The walls surrounding the mini-stage are covered in pictures of the great world jazz stars. There's live music, almost always a trio, from Tuesdays to Sundays.

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Alface Hall

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Bairro Alto is among the last remaining places with live music bars. Alface Hall is one of those, a small bar with the people-hanging-out-by-the-door concept typical of the area. Once you step inside you will find jazz being played right next to you. It is also a boutique hostel with double rooms and bunks.

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Bacchanal

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In Ancient Rome, the bacchanal was a celebration in honour of Bacchus, the god of wine, which usually degenerated into orgies. But this new Bacchanal is not about that - unless you're in the mood for wine, plenty of wine. Considering how stocked the shelves of Víctor  Cordeiro's new bar (he also owns Loucos de Lisboa, in Príncipe Real) are, you may go for wines of countless grape varieties, from all Portuguese wine regions. It is located in Cais do Sodré, and the soundtrack has jazz and blues, quiet music for wine drinkers.

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Fábrica Braço de Prata

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This culture centre took over a former Fábrica de Material de Guerra in 2007. The former War Materials Factory became a dynamic cultural factory, where several artistic currents are represented. It has more than ten rooms, which can host concerts, debates or exhibitions. Read their program closely - there are plenty of jam sessions and jazz concerts in Braço de Prata.

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Titanic Sur Mer

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One of the most distinguished faces in the huge weekend crowds at the Cais do Sodré: Portuguese rock star Manuel João Vieira may not look like it, but he knows what he is doing. He took over a building that used to be a fish market and turned into a bar/ concert hall, one that couldn't be closer to the sea. Titanic Sur Mer is the spiritual heir of the late, great Maxime, but now with a more musically eclectic selection. Mondays are always Titanic Jazz Jam nights, with free admittance, from 11pm to 2am.

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