Lisbon is a vibrant city that was built on seven hills. There is plenty to enjoy in the evenings, whether you fancy a walk, relaxing over a good meal or dancing the night away! Restaurants do not usually open until 7.00 p.m. and are not popular for another hour! Likewise, the clubs do not get going until well past 01.00 but do stay open till late!
1. Enjoy an evening stroll
Take a walk to the Belem district, famous for the Belem Tower which – like other monuments – is lit at night. It is fun to walk by the water’s edge and there are several good bars and restaurants. If you do not feel like walking back, there is the chance to get a tram back into the center as they run until 10.00 p.m. and on several lines, there is a night service.
2. Try a Pastéis de Nata – or two
These delicious little Portuguese custard tarts are available all over the city and make the perfect snack! Always buy more than you think you will need as they are very moreish! There is plenty of competition between the various bakeries, but Antiga Confeitonia de Belém is said to be the best and always has a queue! This is the perfect place to buy them in the evening if you are taking a stroll in the Belem area!
3. Listen to some Fado
Fado is the traditional folk music that has been popular in the city since the 19th century. It is mournful and melancholic and very distinctive. Performers sing of hard work, sad love and better days ahead! Clube de Fado is one of the largest – and touristy- but there are many others. Dinner with a Prado show is a common package. For the full history of Fado, the Fado Museum in Alfama has all the information!
4. Savor the view
Great city views can be enjoyed from one of the many rooftop bars. The Park is a smart bar that has been created on the roof of a car park and is perfect for drinks at sunset onwards. Other favorites include The Rooftop, The Old Pharmacy, Topo, Deck 7 Lounge, the exclusive Silk Club and the Sky Bar which are all stylish with comfortable seating.
5. Enjoy good music
Te café bar on the roof of the five star Bairo Alto Hotel has a good reputation for its music and DJs covering all genre including jazz and bossa nova. The Alface Hall in the center of Bairro Alto is new on the music scene with a classically styled interior and great jazz and new blues from 8.00 p.m. with free entrance.
6. A night of classical music
Teatro Nacional de Säo Carlos is situated in the center of Lisbon and is an impressive 18th-century theatre that is opulently decorated with plush seating. The theatre hosts some excellent classical music concerts and well-known operas.
7. Or at the theatre?
Teatro Tivoli is another popular theatre that was built in the 1920s and has a rich program of ballet, comedy, plays, and concerts
8. Go clubbing
A few years ago, Lisbon was the ‘in’ nightspot in Europe; things have calmed down since then but it still has a lively club scene. Lisbon clubs don’t usually open until 01.00 in the morning, but then there is dancing until sunrise! Music Box is the club for good electronic and pop music, while Sabotage is known for its great rock concerts and is open until 06.00 at the weekend!. Trumps in Bairro Alto has hosted such superstars as Madonna and Lady Gaga. Other favorite nightspots include Kremlin, Plateau and the rather luxurious and aptly named Lux Frágil.
Silk is the city’s most exclusive club, reached by two panoramic elevators. The club occupies the top two floors of the building and has an outside club with bar and terrace – reservations are essential and a dress code applies.
9. Relax with the perfect cocktail
Cocktails are popular in Lisbon and a pioneer on the cocktail scene is the Cinco Lounge which can be found down a cobbled street in Portas Largas. Whether you like classic or contemporarily styled cocktails, Cinco has a choice of 100 and would you believe? If after a few sips you decide the chosen cocktail is not for you, it can be exchanged for a different one! It is a great place to relax as there is good music to enjoy too – but played softly in the background…
10. Feast like a king at Time Out
This is the city’s best-kept secret – but word is spreading fast! The Time Out Market is situated in Cais do Sodre. The building is a long-established market with the various vegetable and meat stalls visible. Time Out is a collection of 35 different stalls and open kitchens where you can buy all the great local dishes (really good local fish), meat, cheeses, wines, and desserts and enjoy them sitting on one of the local wooden trestle tables in the center! It is colorful, lively and a great way to meet other people! The prices are good at Time Out and the food is excellent with several restaurants and five of the city’s top chefs each having a stall – a real ‘must-do’!