Things to Do in Lisbon at Night

Things to Do in Lisbon at Night

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, it's a wonderful city with an incredible aesthetic that's surely a sight to behold when casting in daylight, but it’s when the sun goes down that Lisbon really comes to life.

From traditional live Fado music, theatre performances, trendy bars, and party hotspots, there’s plenty of things to do in Lisbon at night. Local Lisbon nightlife is something special, so we thought we’d put together a few recommendations on what to do in Lisbon at night so you can experience the best of the city's night-time activities.


1. Absorb the nightlife in Bairro Alto

If there’s one area you cannot miss in Lisbon at night, it’s Bairro Alto. Full of trendy bars, kitsch pubs, and cool clubs, Bairro Alto has long been the beating heart of Lisbon nightlife. You can begin and end an epic night out here, and enjoy a wide range of nightlife entertainment – sip cocktails while watching the sunset from a rooftop bar, mingle with the locals, catch live music - from rock to jazz, or let DJs keep you dancing ‘til dawn.

To start your night in Lisbon off right, we highly recommend Park Bar & rooftop on Calçada do Combro, 58.


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Of course, there are several rooftop bars in Lisbon, but there are few places better for a wonderful view of The City of Seven Hills than this. With delicious, healthy and affordable food, tasty drinks, good tunes, and a vibrant atmosphere, this hip garden terrace is the perfect place to get in the mood for a great night out in Lisbon, and one of the best things to do in Barrio Alto.


Strolling through Bairro Alto at night, you’ll notice people socializing in the streets in front of the many different bars and on the terraces, different types of music and styles being enjoyed within mere meters of each other, and a generally warm and friendly party vibe about the place.


You’re sure to have fun wherever you end up, but some honourable mentions we can personally recommend as being among the best bars in Lisbon include Groove Bar (on R. Da Rosa 148), for some classic 80’s & 90’s throwbacks, Maria Caxuxa (on R. da Barroca 6-12) for chic retro décor made up of vintage wares and the opportunity to put your drinks to good use with some karaoke.                      





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Lovers of the grape will be in heaven in Bairro Alto as there are several delightful wine bars in which to while away an evening – our top three picks being The Old Pharmacy, Wine Lover and Artis!

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2. Live Fado in Lisbon at night


One of the quintessential things to do in Lisbon at night is to experience authentic live Fado singing and music. This traditional Portuguese folk music is rooted in melancholy and is an emotive expression – usually of love and sadness – which has earned its place on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.


The talent of Fado performers is not lost on anyone who witnesses it. The places to go to see live Fado in Lisbon at night are ‘Fado houses’ or ‘Tascas’; and the best area to find Tascas in Lisbon is in Alfama, also known as the Fado district.

You will have seen our lovely local, Giuliana, introduce you to the Alfama district and tell you a little about Fado already on our Youtube channel, so now we’d like to give you a few recommendations for some of the best Tascas in Lisbon for dinner, drinks and a Fado show in Alfama at night.


Tasca Bela 

A warm, friendly, and welcoming place where the wine flows and the food is plentiful. The Fado show begins around 10 p.m. here and is assuredly excellent.

The reverence and respect with which Fado is treated here - service stopping and silence observed during performances - is quiet refreshing and, indeed, touching. You’ll find it at R. dos Remédios 190, 1100-122 Lisboa.


Tasca Do Chico

This is a rustic, traditional Portuguese bar. It’s relatively small in size, but big in heart! Popular among locals seeking out quality Fado, this is a great spot for a few drinks and incredible Fado music and song. While the food may be lacking inspiration, the Fado experience here is top of its game.

Advance booking is highly recommended, otherwise, you may have to wait outside for up to 30 minutes for entry. Tasca Do Chico is located at R. do Diário de Notícias 39, 1200-141 Lisboa.


Restaurante Esquina Da Alfama

The food is simple traditional Portuguese fare and the setting is intimate - which is a nice way of saying you’ll be sitting quite close to everybody else here, but that perhaps adds to the charm of this place which embodies a warm and vibrant atmosphere, especially when the Fado performers are in their element. Check it out at Rua de S. Pedro, 4 1100 Lisboa.

And while Alfama is known locally as the Fado district, owing to its large concentration of tascas, there are Fado houses in other parts of Lisbon too which are worthy of visiting, particularly A Severa in Bairro Alto, and Timpanas in the Alcantâra district, for just two examples.

Don’t miss out on a free Fado walking tour when in Lisbon.


3. Party on Pink Street

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Pink Street is another of Lisbon’s party areas. Once the Red-Light district in Lisbon, a night out in the capital is not complete without a visit to Pink Street - the vibrant, trendy nightlife hot-spot adorned with cozy cafes, quality restaurants, and exciting bars & venues.

Adding a touch of the risqué to good clean fun, Pensão Amor (which translates as ‘Love house’) is a 19th Century-themed, fun-filled place where burlesque and beers, cocktails and spirits, glitz, glamour and piano music make for a unique night out in Lisbon. It's located at R. do Alecrim, 19.

We also highly recommend two of the best Lisbon clubs which are also on Pink Street.
The MusicBox concert hall is a cavernous and highly acclaimed venue in a converted 19th Century warehouse, renowned for incredible live acts and club nights.

Europa nightclub, a modest-sized cub bar, is one of the oldest venues in Lisbon and well-known for its underworld vibe. What’s cool about this place is its breakfast morning sessions which keep the party going from 6 AM to 10 AM, good to know if you're wondering where to party in Lisbon until tomorrow!


4. Theatre and performance in Lisbon at night

Fado isn’t the only thing to do in Lisbon at night that will make you feel like you’re getting cultured, rather than getting tipsy. There are plenty of nightlife activities in Lisbon that incorporate performance elements (to accompany a few drinks if you wish), like the arts for example.


Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

In the historical Chiado district of Lisbon, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos opera house is a beautiful neoclassical building to see, either in daylight hours or illuminated at night, but what you find inside is often more breath-taking. Home to both classic & modern acts, you’ll find opera, symphonic music, ballet and more here, as well as contemporary shows and acts too.


Casino Lisboa

If you’d prefer a 1930’s style cabaret setting for a night in the Portuguese capital, Casino Lisboa at Parque das Nações is a good choice. Alongside responsible gambling, you can enjoy national and international dance and music productions in The Oceans Auditorium, or complimentary shows on the rotating stage in the Arena Lounge. There is, of course, dining and drink options throughout this glitzy complex too. Just keep in mind a smart casual dress code applies.


5. Pub Crawls in Lisbon

There are a few different Pub Crawls in Lisbon, each offering a similar itinerary and included benefits like free drinks & nightclub entry. Pub Crawls are a really great thing to do in Lisbon at night, especially if you are a solo traveler or in a small group as you will be guaranteed to party in Lisbon with a ready-made gang of drinking buddies and local guides.

The two best pub crawls in Lisbon we recommend are The Lisbon Pub Crawl, which runs every night visiting three bars in Barrio Alto before hitting a club and giving you some free shots as well as an hour of unlimited drinks; and Pub Crawl Lisbon which runs four nights per week and gives you five free shots, two free beers, visits local Lisbon bars and clubs, and you can even play beer pong too!
Booking your spot on a Lisbon bar crawl is highly recommended, especially during the busy season when pub crawls in Lisbon are very popular.


That’s your lot, Lisbon-bound night owls. We hope this list of things to do in Lisbon at night serves you well. Don’t forget, you can book excellent free walking tours of Lisbon, including free Fado tours and nightlife experiences, with top quality local guides on now.
Do you have any other recommendations for Lisbon at night we didn’t mention? Share them in the comments!

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