Almost all in wood, this eccentric bar was originally a grocery store. Its décor is a fantasy world, with cabinets full of thousands of precious collector’s items, from Art Deco pieces to earthenware with two centuries of history. Everything is dimly lit to create a welcoming atmosphere, to end the day with a cocktail. This is where almost everyone goes at least once in their life — personalities such as Tony Blair and Hillary Clinton were the most famous visitors.
A former guesthouse where ladies of the world’s oldest profession got together with sailors is now one of the most popular bars in town. This is due to a naughty and relaxed atmosphere, but also to a décor recalling the history of the building. The ceilings were painted with frescoes, the walls are covered with mirrors, paintings and old posters, and decorative pieces give the space an old burlesque atmosphere spread through several rooms.
An antiques shop was turned into a bar in 1974, and remains open today as one of the city’s best-kept secrets. The intimate ambience goes back in time to the 1920s, with an Art Nouveau décor in two “vintage” rooms, with magazine covers on the walls, mirrors, woodwork and marble.
Opened in 1972, this bar is one of Lisbon’s classics. Behind a bougainvillea-covered façade is an Art Nouveau interior, completely furnished with pieces from other times.
Entering this bar is stepping back decades to the early 20th century. It’s modeled after English pubs, and its curious Art Deco style is from the creator of Pavilhão Chinês. It has several cozy dimly-lit rooms and an outdoor patio.
By the Wine
This wine bar looks like a wine cellar, divided into different rooms with stone arches, and decorated with barrels, old photos, and thousands of bottles, including the 3267 that cover the ceiling at the entrance.
The atmosphere and the cocktail service are contemporary, but the décor is tastefully classic. The interior maintains elements of the original 18th-century building, and the furniture also remembers the past, with Louis XV-style armchairs and reproductions of antique tiles on the terrace.
The concept is inspired by the British gastropubs, but it still looks very Lisbon, with its carefully-lit Pombaline arches. The décor is made up of restored vintage pieces, from the mirrors to the chairs and lamps.
It opened as a wine bar, then also focused on gin, and now also serves meals on a terrace facing the river and in a beautiful interior decorated with restored furniture. The space respects the original features of the former warehouse, but uses antique pieces (many acquired at auctions) to give it the look and feel of a classic living room. A chandelier made of rope hangs from the ceiling at the entrance, recalling the times when the building was used to store material from the port of Lisbon.
Lagar do Cais
A centuries-old interior, with high vaulted ceilings and stone walls, is now a wine bar that also serves “petiscos” (tapas) from Portugal’s different regions.