The 10 Best Secret Bars in Lisbon

April 11th, 2019

When it comes to a city that appreciates a good drink, it’s hard to beat Lisbon. Whether you’re on the hunt for a beer-soaked watering hole, a sophisticated wine bar, or a trendy 1920s-style speak-easy, Lisbon has it all. Today, you’ll find all this and more in hidden courtyards, charming street corners, or on the roof of a parking garage. Here are our picks of the 10 best secret bars in Lisbon.

Foxtrot

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, look no further than Foxtrot Bar. As one of the oldest bars in Lisbon (clocking in at 40 years), Foxtrot’s superior crafted cocktails are what makes it a must-visit when it comes to secret bars. Sample classics with an innovative take (such as the Smoked Negroni) or treat yourself to something more opulent like the ‘Sorry, It’s Not Tea’ cocktail (a fruity concoction served in a large teapot). The top choice for a cocktail bar experience.

Experience Tip:
Head over for a happy hour on weekdays from 6p.m to 9 p.m, to enjoy half-priced beer and a special cocktail.

By The Wine

The name says it all. Located in the Chiado neighbourhood, home to the panoramic Hotel Do Chiado, put this at the top of your list if you’re a wine-lover. make sure to visit for its endless array of wine, especially if you’re in the mood to drink the Portuguese kind. What’s most impressive about this hidden gem, is not just its stellar wine selection, but the dramatic interiors of green-glass bottles lined with an arched ceiling.

Experience Tip:
Don’t forget to try the salmon ceviche and Azeitão — the perfect accompaniments to any glass.

Park

Lisbon is an especially beautiful city from above, and Park is a true testament to this. Set in a magical urban setting and nestled in lush greenery, the interiors of Park consist of crate-like patio furniture, vintage-style chairs, and dangling white pendants. The setting is what makes this find a truly unique place to kick back while enjoying staple classics like Mojitos or margaritas. Unwind here with live music, after a guided walking tour.

Experience Tip:
You will find Park on the edge of the Bairro Alto, on the top floor of a parking garage.

Red Frog

Another speakeasy gem to add to the list, Red Frog feels like a true Lisbon secret. Ranked as one of the world’s 50 best bars, the innovative bartenders bring just the right amount of quirky with unique creations like banana in a negroni or sea fennel in a gimlet. To go back further in the time machine, solve riddles that lead you through the city while learning about forgotten stories.

Experience Tip:
Ring the bell (underneath the red frog) to be allowed entry, then sit at one of the candlelit tables.

Pavilhão Chinês

For art lovers, what makes Pavilhão Chinês the perfect hidden bar, is its unassuming nature from the outside. Inside, you will find a treasure trove of artefacts put on display, filled with miniature aeroplanes and cabinets filled with toy soldiers and old trains. Transformed from an old grocery store in 1986, today the space is one of Lisbon’s most exclusive bars with a cocktail list that attracts both tourists and locals.

Experience Tip:
Up for a game of pool? Head to the back, and you’ll find two tables to play.

Sky Bar

You can find this rooftop bar at the top of the Tivoli Avenida Hotel. Since 1933, the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa has been one of the city’s most glamorous hotels. As an equally striking contrast, the recently renovated Sky Bar is open all year round and is perfect to enjoy cocktails and tapas while overlooking Lisbon. If you’re always chasing sunsets, enjoy a drink here before enjoying the views on the water.

Experience Tip:
Head there for a sundowner, while enjoying the sounds of their resident DJ.

Cafe Tati

You’ll find Cafe Tati located right behind the Time Out Market, as a calming alternative to the tourist-packed food hall. If you’re wandering through Lisbon’s old port quarter, stop for a full-blown meal or a glass of Portuguese wine. Enjoy specially selected bottles from Portugal, Spain, or Italy while taking in the monthly art exhibitions. Don’t forget to add this to your list, if you’re on the hunt for the best food and wine the city has to offer.

Experience Tip:
Begin with the mackerel and cornbread, and move on to the steak tataki with chimichurri sauce.

Cinco Lounge

Immerse yourself in low-lit and polished rooms with Cinco — the true epitome of a lounge. Quiet enough to chat and comfortable enough to linger, the chic venue is located in lively Principe Real, with its interiors of warm greens and blues lending to an elegant and mysterious aura. To take in Lisbon at its luxurious best, book a private tour to the palaces of Queluz, Pena and Mafra and grab your nightcap after.

Experience Tip:
The classics are always on point, and so are drinks of the more playful kind!

 

Cerveteca Lisboa

A beer lover’s paradise, Cerveteca Lisboa is an airy craft beer bar in Principe Real. The wonders are passionate about imported and local brews and have implemented this into the decor; one of which consists of an array of bottles. Perhaps the best part, is the rotating menu, with more than 100 varieties and 14 taps changing multiple times a day. To walk in the shoes of a true local, enjoy some of the finest Fado music before enjoying your beer.

Experience Tip:
Make sure to try out Lisbon’s own Dois Corvos.

 

Pensão Amor

Since its opening, Pensão Amor, roughly translated into ‘Pension of Love’ has become the top choice for Lisbon’s most artistic, fashionable, and intellectual to gather for a drink or a chat. The bar is steeped in history, with the building being located in the old red-light district. Staying true to its roots with red wallpaper, chandeliers, and dim lighting, the menu consists of classics as well as original cocktails. There’s no surprise that this is one of the hottest addresses in the capital.

Experience Tip:
Try the Bing Qing (made with ginseng tea-infused Beefeater).

So which one will you be heading to? Book a Flightgift for you and your drinking buddy and experience them in person!

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