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.
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 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.