Where to Drink + Dance in Lisbon

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Lisbon, Portugal

What this tiny spot lacks in space, it makes up for in epic views over the city. Don’t be put off by the derelict building entrance – just head up to the top floor where you’ll find the open-air bar, with theatrical bartenders waiting to pour you a picture-perfect Aperol spritz to go with that view. At the weekend, watch salsa dancers in the square below – and join in if you’re feeling brave.

Address

Commercial Center Martim Moniz Praça Martim Moniz 1100-341

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Pensao Amor

Lisbon, Portugal

Expect anything from cabaret and drag to secret banquets, piano recitals and readings of great Portuguese and Brazilian authors here at this cavernous café by day, bar and club by night. Set on the rowdy Pink Street, come here and nestle among the vintage furniture and colourful characters while sipping fantastic cocktails. After midnight it gets very busy so head down early for the best viewing spots.

Address

Rue do Alecrim 19 1200 052

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The Insolito

Lisbon, Portugal

Translation: The Unusual. This is where hip but unpretentious Lisboetas come to ride the comical two-by-two elevator up to an alfresco yet undercover cocktail bar with incredible city views. The whole experience of reaching the rooftop is intimate and memorable, just like their friendly staff and powerful martinis.

Address

Rua São Pedro de Alcântara 83 1250 096

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Grupo Desportivo da Mouraria

Lisbon, Portugal

This historic association is housed in a beautiful building that includes a famous fado school, sports pitches and a terrace with stupefying views over Lisbon, from where you can enjoy with a glass of vinho verde. It’s a real centrepiece of the local community, so acting respectfully and basic Portuguese skills are paramount.

Address

Travessa da Nazaré 21 1100-012

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Renovar a Mouraria

Lisbon, Portugal

Renovar perfectly captures the spirit of Mouraria. Locals gather here under the bunting to enjoy live Brazilian and North African music, ever hopeful that the owners will fire up the barbecue. All profits go back into the local community, so feel no shame in ordering another drink, if you can still dance your way to the bar.

Address

Beco do Rosendo 8&10 1100-460

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Boutique Taberna

Lisbon, Portugal

Located in a courtyard with a long history as a bohemian meeting point and one of the most Instagram-friendly murals in Lisbon, this café was recently reinvented as Boutique Taberna and is a lively place to stop for a drink. You can catch live African rhythms here every day from 6PM and Brazilian music at the weekend in a very intimate setting.

Address

Escadinhas Sao Cristovão 8 1100-512