Fado, meaning 'fate', was born in the 1800s. It's a mournful form of music based around the notion of longing – in fact, they say fado is a window into the soul of the Portuguese. Fado singers perform with such passion that, regardless of whether you understand the language, will have you weeping uncontrollably into your porto.
The best Fado clubs in Lisbon
The €35 price tag for food seems fair but, given its poor quality, is still too much. Yet the fado is superb and the atmosphere from 11pm, when enthusiasts pile in and the musicians block the door, unique. Listen out for Marco Oliveira and Sara Correia, and Ricardo Parreira on guitarra (Portuguese guitar).