Lisbon Nightlife, rooftop bars, nightclubs and activities.
Lisbon isn't new to the Stag and Hen scene it has been voted the number one stag and hen destination several times in the last 8 years, but maybe you are new to Lisbon. Everyone knows Portugal, its gradually grown in popularity with UK and Irish tourists, especially the younger generation, looking for something with a bit more glamour than Spain, not as far flight-wise to other countries, not as expensive as its European counterparts and beautiful scenery and a nightlife and club scene that is second to none.
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So where does the nightlife in Lisbon really begin? Well Lisbon being the capital of Portugal never sleeps, there is always something happening and its always cool. We will start with some of Lisbon's famous bars, then move onto the club scene and finally the activities available for stags and hens in the early evening and into the night.
Lisbon's famous bars and cafes
So you have arrived in the capital city, checked into your hotel and it«s now time to get this party started! If your on a stag or hen do with Portugal Rocks we will always advise that you either stay in the centre of Lisbon city, which is the small but exclusive area of Bairro Alto or you go outside along the Silver Coast to Cascais or Estoril.
Bairro Alto sits plumb in the centre of the city North of the Tagus river in between both the old 25th of April Bridge to the West and the new Vasco de Gama bridge to the East. It is within 20 mins taxi ride from the main Portela Airport (and thats going through city centre traffic, it's actually only about 8kms away). Bairro Alto includes all the important areas, bars, clubs and meeting points your going to want to be near if your looking for the nightlife you dreamed of in Lisbon.
So what are these places we speak of?
Well the first notable area in the Bairro is Chiado, the Northern part runs from around Avenida de Liberdad and runs South towards the Tagus River and includes bars like Hard Rocks Cafe Lisboa and Sky Bar and the ultra-trendy Red Frog Speakeasy Bar, that is a must, even if its just for one and their sister bar Monkey Mash Cocktail bar. Once you arrive at the Huge 5 star Hotel Avenida Palace you will enter lower Chiado where you will find a huge range of restaurants and cafes, like Toca da Raposa Cocktail Lounge, Pizzeria Mezzogiorno, Organi restaurant and Delirium cafe, To Burger or Not to Burger (yes that's a place), Belcanto and Cafe no Chiado, all of which will ease you into the night with beers, wines, traditional liqueurs and of course amazing food and petisco (Portuguese Tapas).
Bearing Southwest toward the river you will eventually find Cais do Sodre, this is the main Quay on the river and the home of the Lisbon Boat Party, meeting point for the Lisbon Bar Crawl and awash with bars, restaurants and clubs. One of the most famous and extremely upmarket (you won't get in unless you are on your absolute best behaviour is La Consulat, with fine wines and Cocktails it's for the more discerning Stag or Hen party. The more accessible and in fact probably the most popular bar in Lisbon is Pensao Amor, a one-time brothel and with its decadantly decorated lounge bar it is definitely one place you have to see, to believe. Another Cais do Sodre favourite is a bar simply called, Lounge, don't be decieved by this place with live DJ's every weekend dropping European Techno, it is packed to the rafters.
Another stag favourite is the Pavilihao Chines Bar, it has the craziest collection of World War 2 memorabilia, action men and a full size snooker table and again sticking with Chiado Cinqo Lounge is one of Lisbons hotest nightspots. Another aptly named venue with live DJ, bands and even the odd concert is the O Bom, O Mau e O Vilão (The Good the Bad and the Ugly), we hope these top rated and award winning bar venues will be enough to wet your appetite and get your stag or hen weekend off to a flying start.
So lets hit the clubs.....but not before 2am!
There is only one place to start with the club scene in Lisbon and thats simply LUX, its the most famous club in the city and and located right on the river close to the Portela Airport, this 2 storey club has a cool chill out vibe on one floor where you can relax, order bottles to your table and still throw some shapes to the latest tunes to be heard in Europe. The other floor is where the madness lives, an always packed dance floor, writhing with lean sweaty bodies all bound together in one simple, communal goal, to dance till dawn.
Moving away from the house music genre found in most clubs we have Sabotage in Cais do Sodre, full on rock club with live bands on Thursday and Saturdays normally and open till 6am, another Cais do Sodre club is MusicBox, with a afro-tech vibe and featuring in Defected records 2020 Heineken sets its another top draw venue for nightlife in the city. Another indie club in the same area that is always full is Incognito, with groundfloor and basement dancefloors its a real hotbox and only for the headstrong determined clubbers
Another club that must get a mention is Ministerium Club its only open on Saturdays but always has a famous top DJ from somewhere in the world playing plus for those who know theres a LGBT night once a month called Spit & Polish, that draws a huge crowd.