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The 9 best clubs in Porto

Here's our guide to drinking, dancing and staying out all night in this fabulous city

Written by
Time Out Porto editors
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Clubbing in Porto is easy. In fact, having a great time is pretty much non-negotiable round here, but it's helped greatly by the fact that all the best bars happen to be found downtown, all a short walk from one another. 

Here you'll find spots for late-night drinking and clubs for dancing the whole night away, all in one place. Our editors have tried and tested every party spot in the city, so read on for the very best clubs in Porto. 

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This guide was written by the editorial team at Time Out Porto. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

The best clubs in Porto

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  • Late-night bars
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Located in another of Porto’s major nightspots, the Rua Cândido dos Reis, Plano B is a city landmark for locals and tourists alike – and the kind of club that makes for great Instagramming. There’s three main rooms and several smaller spaces, each with its own distinct vibe, and there’s even a fountain statue on the ground floor. As for music, hop from pop in the ‘stage’ room to EDM in the ‘cube’ room. 

  • Art
  • Contemporary art
  • Santa Catarina

One of the city’s finest bars. It hosts a monthly program including parties we vividly recommend (Hard Ass Sessions, GrooveBall, Arena, CandyWaves), plus gigs by both Portuguese and foreign bands, film screenings, tango nights and art shows by local independent artists. There’s also a pizzeria named Vícios da Mesa, serving lunch, dinner and brunch (Sundays only, noon to 4pm). And it’s just across from another bar, the Passos Manuel – so try both of them.

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Indústria
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3. Indústria

At this mythical club in Foz, the motto is to dance until dawn (and relax on the beach right after). Indústria’s lineup features a regular schedule of DJs and producers making waves internationally. Techno and house are the main genres, and you can experience them on one of the best sound systems in the country.

Pérola Negra
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4. Pérola Negra

The legendary Pérola Negra sex club has reopened as a nightclub. They've kept the name and decor, and the early evening music has a nostalgic vibe, but as the night progresses and a younger crowd arrives, the tunes shift to house and disco, spanning both yesterday and today.

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  • Nightlife
  • Late-night bars
  • São Bento

This venue has one of the best agendas in the city, and as a result, one of the busiest dancefloors, going on into the early hours. Jeff Mills, Ben Klock, Nina Kraviz and Helena Hauff are just some of the names that have played there. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Santa Catarina

One of Porto’s most iconic bars, Passos Manuel is found in an old movie theatre. Most of the regulars are connected to the city’s cultural industry, and the bar has a queer-friendly environment. Passos Manuel is a place both for quiet evenings of chatting with friends in the upper floor or in private rooms (those tiny rooms hidden behind the counter) and for going wild on the downstairs dance floor.

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  • Nightlife
  • Late-night bars
  • Galerias

Tendinha is among Porto’s legendary discos – it’s where a lot of people end up when they’re trying to extend their night all the way till dawn (don’t be surprised if you bump into tipsy folks along the way). It’s powered by danceable rock music. If you get there before the wee hours, you can also try HD Bar To Be Wild, a nearby biker bar at the Rua Galeria de Paris managed by the same owners as the Tendinha.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Galerias

The Rua Galeria de Paris has many bars and a lot of people. If you’re bemused by all the possibilities, go to Café au Lait. Their music is selected by good DJs, some of them talented young Portuguese producers. You might get there in the middle of an EDM, hip hop or funk party, and if the dancefloor is swinging, it might end up being your night’s only port of call.

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Fé Wine & Club
© João Saramago

9. Fé Wine & Club

Fé Wine & Club is a place with walls lined with books, where you can enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day, chat with your pals, or dance into the wee hours of the morning.

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