Discover some of the best bars Lisbon has to offer. From old liqueur joints to fancy cocktail bars, just take your pick.
You’ll find beer and wine in pretty much every Lisbon bar at affordable prices. But sometimes you want something different, maybe a cocktail or a glass of ginjinha, the delicious local liqueur. Whatever you’re fancying today, we’ve got you covered with our list of the best bars in Lisbon.
1. Foxtrot – For the speakeasy vibe
Alfama, Chiado, Príncipe Real, you’ll probably hear these names when you walk around Lisbon. Not only are they famous Lisbon neighborhoods, but they’re also featured cocktails at the Foxtrot Bar. Set off the beaten path, Foxtrot has that speakeasy feel, with its dimly lit rooms and Art Deco style. To get inside, you’ll first need to ring a bell! A fireplace invites you to sit and get warm—a great perk in the winter, as most houses in Lisbon don’t offer central heating. In summer, you can enjoy the small courtyard outside. Besides the Lisbon-inspired cocktails, they offer the classics, as well as a wide choice of whiskeys and gins.
Insider’s tip: There’s a happy hour on weekdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with half-priced beer and a special cocktail.
Address: Travessa Santa Teresa 28
2. Pavilhão Chinês – One of the oldest cocktail bars in Lisbon
From the outside, it’s hard to see what goes on behind the doors of Pavilhão Chinês, but we encourage you to take a peek! Once you’re in, you won’t be able to contain yourself from admiring the thousands of artifacts put on display. There are miniature airplanes on the roof, and cabinets filled with old trains and toy soldiers. It’s a bar, yes, but you could as well be in a museum. The owners took over an old grocery store in 1986 and turned it into an exclusive cocktail bar that attracts both locals and tourists. Fancy a game of pool? Just head to the back, and you’ll find two tables to play in. As for the drinks, we recommend the daiquiris, but you really can’t go wrong here.
Address: Rua Dom Pedro V 89
3. By the Wine – For wine lovers
Whether you drink red, white or even rosé, there’s plenty of vinho on offer at By the Wine. Just look at the menu or point at the shelf if the price isn’t an issue, and pick your favorite. The bar belongs to José Maria da Fonseca, one of the oldest wine producers in Portugal. To pair with the delicious Portuguese wine, you can order small snacks, aka petiscos. Here at Devour Lisbon, we love the cheese from Azeitão and the salmon ceviche.
Insider’s tip: Try the Moscatel de Setúbal, a wine made with Muscat grapes that goes perfectly with dessert.
Address: Rua das Flores 41
4. A Ginjinha – Taste the local liqueur
If you walk past Rossio and you spot people with a tiny plastic cup, odds are they’re drinking Ginjinha. Ginjinha or Ginja, for short, might not be easy to pronounce, but this sour cherry liqueur certainly goes down easy. There’s even a Portuguese saying: “Sabe que nem ginjas,” which means “it tastes delicious.” A Ginjinha is one of the oldest bars in Lisbon where you can get this local drink. Before pouring it, the owners will ask you if you want com elas or sem elas, with or without cherries. For an extra kick, we recommend getting ginjinha com elas. Not only do you get the taste of the drink, but you also get to taste the fruit itself.
Address: Largo São Domingos 8
5. Loucos e Sonhadores – A great bar in Bairro Alto
Most bars in Bairro Alto will advertise shots and cocktails on flashy boards outside—not this one though.
At Loucos e Sonhadores, translated as Madmen and Dreamers, it’s all about the simple things. A glass of beer or wine and free salty popcorn is what draws locals to this relaxed venue. Yes, they serve cocktails too, if you must ask. Unlike most bars in the area, this one has plenty of space to sit down and a pretty funky decoration. Just make sure to arrive early.
Address: Rua da Rosa 261
6. Fábrica Musa – For Lisbon’s craft beer
For a taste of Lisbon’s craft beer, head down to Fábrica Musa. Musa is among the three breweries that found its home in Marvila, now considered Lisbon’s beer district. Before the rise of craft beer, you could only find one of the two lagers on tap: Sagres or Super Bock. But that’s all over now! Thanks to places like Musa, you can finally enjoy a variety of beers, from the hoppy IPA to the coffee-flavored stout.
Insider’s tip: Occasionally they host live gigs so check their Facebook page before you go.
Address: Rua do Açúcar 83
7. Trobadores – A medieval tavern
Trobadores isn’t your average Lisbon bar. This cozy tavern will take you back to the medieval times. There’s folk music playing in the background and drinks served in horns, because why not? If you can’t handle that, don’t worry, you can get them in a terracotta cup as well. Locals usually order the beer on tap or the hidromel, a traditional Portuguese mead. Sometimes the bar invites folk groups to play live, which adds even more to the atmosphere.
Address: Rua de São Julião 27
8. Quiosque Príncipe Real – For afternoon drinks
Okay, so technically this isn’t a bar, but if you’re in Lisbon you must try at least one kiosk! They’re dotted all over the city, but our favorite is the Quiosque Príncipe Real. Set near the garden of Príncipe Real, this small kiosk is the perfect place for an afternoon beer or a coffee. You can also order small snacks here, like the Lisbon custard tarts.
Insider’s tip: Usually on Saturday mornings there’s an organic market in the garden.
Address: Praça do Príncipe Real
9. TOPO Martim Moniz – Rooftop bar with a view
You see the red neon sign shining from a distance saying “BAR”, but how do you get in this Lisbon rooftop bar? Easy, through the shopping mall. Yes, you read that right. You go inside the mall, call the elevator and six floors later, you’ll end up in TOPO. The views alone are worth the visit! From here you can spot the São Jorge Castle and many of Lisbon’s viewpoints with a cocktail in hand. There’s often a DJ playing, and they even named the cocktails after songs. We love the Material Girl, a vodka-infused cocktail with a touch of strawberry and lemon.
Address: Centro Comercial Martim Moniz, 6th Floor
10. Casa Independente – More than just a bar
Casa Independente brought a new life to Largo do Intendente. What was once a neglected area of the city, it’s now one of Lisbon’s trendiest neighborhoods.
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Casa Independente is more than just a bar. It’s a cultural association, a concert venue, and an art gallery, all in one. There are a series of rooms inside where you can sit down with a drink, or you can head straight to their terrace full of greenery, pictured at the beginning of this article!
Insider’s tip: Keep an eye on their website, so you don’t miss any cool events.
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Joana is a Portuguese travel writer based in Lisbon. On her blog City Odes, she writes about the hidden gems of Portugal, fun road trips and train rides worth taking. When she’s not typing away on her laptop, you can find her drinking an IPA on one of Lisbon’s latest craft beer bars.