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 same, an iron-faced woman implements the famously temperamental entrance policy and there is the old Lisbon thing of paying a door fee which is then recouped at the bar. This varies depending on the mood of the iron-faced lady.
Lux is best described as fashionable. An eye to detail and chic reigns, from the artistic touches, like the big concrete sphere on the middle level covered in morphing projections and the cryptic bars of colour around every pillar, to the drinks - the dedicated wine bar on the middle floor and the ice-cream cocktails on the roof - to the elegantly-dressed visitors and hot bar staff. The high-backed armchairs and divans are made of transparent plastic stuffed with straw.
The ice-cream cocktails are available at the roof-bar which has a great view across the river and a vast sofa bed, like a bouncy castle for grown-ups. Their high price reflects the use of Portugal’s finest ice-cream, Santini, and our mango and cucumber combinations were worth every penny. If real hunger strikes, you can order Lux’s handsomely-sized toasties.
Naturally, there’s music. The basement offers thumping stuff, the middle floor something sprightlier and the roof bar has a DJ spinning trendy lounge music from a closet in the wall. There’s a prestigious line-up.