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Things we love:

Lisbon has on average 260 days of sun per year.

They have a miniature version of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer.

The Portuguese are football crazy.

The downtown area of Lisbon is actually floating on the sea.

The Portuguese national music fado (pronounced fadu) divides Lisbon’s young people. It’s recently had a revival and reinvention.

Things we wish we’d known:

Superstitious Portuguese reckon that if you take a seat at a table’s corner you will marry a hunchback… oops!

They have a Roman underworld beneath the city with chambers, rooms, bridges and corridors only open to the public for two days a year.

For a great portrait of Lisbon life, elegance, vanity, hypocrisy and humour, read Maias by Eca de Queros before you go.

Lisboners love to sunbathe. Every different beach has its own colour due to the sand type. Some beaches turn you grey, so watch out!

Best bars in Lisbon
Best bars in Lisbon
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Brownie
Brownie

Lisbon has a bit of a penchant for kooky little bars where guests need to ring a bell to get in- the really astonishing thing about most of them is that when you’re on the right street you’d still never Read More

Cinco Lounge
Cinco Lounge

Smack bang in the middle of Principe Real, Lisbon’s lively gay quarter, drinkers could be forgiven for mistaking Cinco Lounge as one of the same ilk. Being the non-judgemental lot we are at BarChick, we weren’t going to let the Read More

Clube Ferroviario
Clube Ferroviario

This is a great, unusual place – a big bar with a distinct Berlin feel spread over the two floors of an old ‘train club’ – good start. A big roof-terrace is decorated inventively with train bits and bobs, like Read More

Cruzes Credo
Cruzes Credo

On a street lined with orange trees under the crenulations of Castelo Jorge, Cruzes Credo serves anytime of night or day – their windows of all thngs is what took BarChick there and kept us coming back. These might be Read More

Fabulas
Fabulas

Fabulas is a sweet little bar in the Chiado, the swish shopping area of Lisbon. It is squirrelled away, and you enter either through a courtyard or through a door in a steep alley. Fabulas is a cellar with vaulted Read More

Foxtrot
Foxtrot

From the same eccentrically-minded lot behind the museumy Pavilhao Chines, Foxtrot has a rather unfathomable mix of early 20th century Lisbon bar and traditional British boozer; we’re talking billiards room, art deco touches, lovely fireplaces and an extensive Read More

K Urban Beach
K Urban Beach

The approach is more outlandish than what’s inside: the big, white cuboid of K Urban Beach stands alone on the river in the Santos district. Get delivered (by cab/mates) to the big car park before you walk the long, lantern-lit Read More

Lost In
Lost In

This is a wonderful bar slash restaurant, a real local favourite hidden away in a courtyard. Of all the places in Lisbon, Lost In’s large parasoled veranda is one of BarChick’s favourites to waste away an afternoon or spend a Read More

Loucos & Sonhadores
Loucos & Sonhadores

Those aren’t tiny little dream-clouds on your table, they’re bowls of popcorn provided by the very obliging owners to no doubt keep you drinking steadily. At €1 for a glass of wine there’s little excuse to forego knocking it back Read More

Lux Frágil
Lux Frágil

Lux, a warehouse on stilts, is Lisbon’s most famous club; however, it has a rooftop bar, and as clubbing kicks off very late in Lisbon, the main space feels and functions like a bar up until past midnight. All the Read More

Pavilhao Chines
Pavilhao Chines

If you like to spend your nights drinking in museums (and we do) but not in a creepy Dan Brown sort of way, this little stalwart on the Lisbon bar scene delivers on all levels. The surprisingly cavernous inside follows Read More

Pensao Amor
Pensao Amor

Pensao Amor is an old brothel, restored to a T. This is the vogue destination of Lisbon, a place to rub shoulders with artists, musicians and other hipsters. With its chandeliers, lurid 18th century painted ceilings, plentiful drapes and kissing Read More

Pharmacia
Pharmacia

The entrance to Pharmacia is the first thing that strikes you: through wrought-iron gates, across a lawn, to your table on the veranda. How often do you enter an urban bar across a lawn?! Good start. Only once I had sat Read More

Procopio
Procopio

With 40 years of drinking-serving experience under their belt, Procopio remains as special as it reportedly was back in the 1970s. In its heyday it was a centre for Lisbon’s left-fields movers and shakers including politicians, journalists and visiting creme Read More

Sol e Pesca
Sol e Pesca

There’s something fishy going on down in Cias do Sodre and it’s nothing to do with this being Lisbon’s old red light district. This tiny little imp of a place was part of the slow gentrification of the area but Read More

Tejo Bar
Tejo Bar

Some things should be kept entirely secret, but BarChick believes in caring and sharing and it seems that in spite of of the odd wandering visitor, Tejo Bar has managed to retain its very local ambience. In the middle of Read More

The Decadente
The Decadente

The Decadente is a former palace in the old part of town which has been converted into a bar, restaurant and hostel (The Independente). The bar, The Decadente, opened recently and you can sense this in the friendliness and professionalism of Read More

Zambeze
Zambeze

BarChicks knows that a crucial part of a sunny summer break is finding the highest cocktail bar in the city; by that we mean geographically – the one with the best views rather than the one that will get us Read More

Ze dos Bois
Ze dos Bois

Ze dos Bois is at odds with surrounding Bairro Alto, the epicentre for going out. This place is a god send if you’re not feeling the hecticness of the party crowds. A dusty staircase leads you past a large gallery Read More