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 guess that there’s an all night party happening within vomiting distance. At no46 Rua do Impresa Nacional in Lisbon’s Principe Real district, the box-like Brownies bar gets going around midnight and entertains until 6am kicking-out time.
You’d be hard pushed to find a more accepting neighbourhood bar anywhere in Europe; the closed door policy does little to dampen the anything-goes atmosphere inside. With big clubs in the area charging recession-unfriendly admission fees and drink prices, Brownie fills up with quickly, attracting a crowd who are more about fun than posing. Beers come in at two euro a go with wine at about the same. Large, cheap shots are the norm.