Clubs in the Portuguese capital are bursting with African influences, attracting a diverse crowd to unusual, mainly outdoor venues. Local DJs and musicians


In the maze of bars that make up the Bairro Alto neighbourhood, this quirky place serves plastic cups of ice-cold beer to an eclectic crowd who spill out on to the surrounding cobbled streets until the early hours.



Lounging on the all-white cushions of this sun-kissed riverfront terrace is the best way to idle away a summer’s afternoon in a haze of minty mojitos, flirtatious chatter and sunbathing.

Music Box

This is Lisbon’s cavernous den of debauchery and wild live music. Nightly, sweat drips from the open-brick ceiling of this hip under-archway club as trendy twentysomethings writhe to live DJs, MCs and bands.


One of Lisbon’s largest “superclubs” is part-owned by John Malkovich. Set in a monstrous dockland warehouse, it boasts an enormous dance floor and is filled with oversized armchairs, sofas and white pillars, with giant glitterballs (of Studio 54 ilk) looming overhead. The river-facing rooftop balcony is the spot for cocktails at dawn.


Witnessing the capital’s wildest nights for the past 20 years, Kremlin is a long-standing HQ of hedonism and depravity. Expect to see all sorts from dolled-up drag queens to dapper dandies in this one-size-fits-all late-night/early-morning venue.

Lisbon gay

Lisbon has a sparkling night life for gay and lesbians. Great bars, clubs and typical fado-cafes are to find in the oldest part of Lisbon: Bairro Alto. But don’t forget the beautiful  gay beaches and the cultural richness of Portugal’s capitol.


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