Lisbon may be one of Europe's smallest cities, but it is one of Europe's most liveliest. The Portuguese like to party, and they do it all night long. Lisbon's best-known nightlife hotspot is the Bairro Alto and we have written quite extensively about it here [ More About ► ]. The narrow lanes, tiny age-old bars, restaurants, clubs, and the occasional fado house make the Bairro Alto a busy street party on weekends. Up to 50,000 people crowd the streets creating a carnival-like atmosphere, bar-hopping until the early hours before heading for the docks.
If you find yourself in the Baixa district head towards the Santa Apolónia train station and the Jardim do Tabaco. As the name suggests, this dockland development at the bottom of the Alfama district was Lisbon's main depot for storing tobacco. The warehouses which face the River Tejo have now been converted into restaurants, shops, bars and nightclubs. Its proximity to the Santa Apolonia train station and its riverside location makes Jardim do Tabaco an ideal spot for a sunset drink or meal. It's here you'll find the prestigious LuxFrágil nightclub. This three-story converted meat warehouse has become one of Europe’s most fashionable places to go, attracting famous film and music stars alike. A rooftop terrace has incredible views over the river whilst the middle floor contains various bars, lounge seating, amazing projection screens, and music from pop to jazz and dance. Downstairs is more thumping and where much of the action is.
The riverside district of Cais do Sodré has reinvented itself over recent decades. From seedy dockside full of brothels, dogy bars and gambling dens to Lisbon's most trendy area. The district's proximity to the Bairro Alto makes it the next logical place to visit on a night out. When the Bairro Alto closes at 02h00 and the Cais do Sodré opens up. The main artery of the revitalised area in Pink Street, where many of the bars and clubs are located. By day Cais do Sodré takes has a sleepy chilled out bohemian persona with a rejuvenated waterfront, kiosks, lunchtime haunts and the Timeout Market – by night, however, it's a party animal.