4 cool bars to grab a cocktail in Lisbon
If you’ve packed your day full of activities but need somewhere to chill out with a drink in between navigating the city, here’s a look at 4 cool bars to grab a cocktail in Lisbon.
Well known for the views it boasts of the sun setting over Lisbon, Park Bar is a pretty cool place to visit. What makes it even cooler is the fact that it’s situated at the top of a fully operational car park!
With views overlooking the 25 de Abril Bridge and further in the distance, the Cristo Rei (Christ the King) statue in Almada, Park Bar is busy most nights of the week. To stand a chance of getting a seat on the outside edge – this is where you’ll get the best views to watch the sunset, and without lots of people hovering in front of you – you need to get there quite early. 4-5pm is a good time, possibly earlier so you have a choice of where to sit. After that, you’ll be lucky…
Park has a very tropical vibe with large plants, decking, wooden tables and chairs, and dimmed lighting throughout. It has two bars – a larger one inside on your right as you enter and a smaller one toward the back on a slightly upper deck. It felt pretty tranquil despite being packed and had a friendly atmosphere. It’s most certainly worth a visit if not just to watch the sunset.
The entrance to Park Bar is on Travessa de André Valente – at the end of the street that turns onto Calçada do Combro. As you enter, immediately on your left you’ll see two doors – the first leads to stairs up to the bar (and other car park levels), while behind the other is a lift if you don’t want to climb the six flights of stairs to the bar.
Park is a bar that you want to add to your list of places to go for a drink while in Lisbon. The views are the main draw for sure, but if you’re simply looking for somewhere to chill in the day or spend the evening with a cocktail or beer in hand, Park is a must.
Check their Facebook page for details
A car parkjust off the main street Calçada do Combro.
TOPO Chiado Bar
I briefly visited during the day and the bar was very lively. By night, TOPO Bar is more relaxed with low lights and soft background music blended with the hum of chatter. The open-air bar has a lower level deck with lounge chairs and tables which are nice for relaxing in the sun. The main bar and seating area are on the level by the entrance, and the restaurant is located on an upper platform.
There was a mix of people ranging in age which I found nice. The dress code was smart-casual, and you’ll definitely want to take a light jacket, shawl or cardigan as it can get very breezy, especially if you’re on the upper deck at the restaurant.
Food & drinks
The menu was plentiful so there’s something to suit everyone. For dinner, I chose a hamburger with bacon and cheese with fries. It was delicious – I wasn’t expecting it to taste so good! The fries were that nice that I decided to order them as a side and tucked into another portion. They were lightly seasoned, but it was the accompanying mayonnaise-garlic condiment that really set off the flavour.
Almost hidden, TOPO Chiado is neatly tucked away behind Convento do Carmo ruins, not far from Rossio and Baixa-Chiado metro stations. It’s actually the second TOPO in the city – the other is near Praça Martim Moniz. I was pleased I chose TOPO Chiado as the place for dinner on my first night in Lisbon. It was chilled enough to suit my style, but upbeat enough not to bore – and the food was delicious. All in all, a nice evening out!
Check their Facebook page for details
Terraços do Carmo, 1200-288 Lisboa, Portugal
Pink Wine Point
Wanting to get a taste of the night life in Lisbon, I found my way to Pink Street – aptly name given the road is painted pink.
Pumping out a mix of Fado and Latin beats blended with 80 and 90’s pop, dance and rock music, Pink Wine Point plays tunes to suit the vibe of its crowd. It has a very casual atmosphere that draws both large and small groups as well as pairs and individuals making it a nice too for the solo traveller.
With purple and pink lights dancing around in the dark and neon lights of the same colour illuminating the drinks, you’ll also find cuddly flamingos around the bar of Pink Wine Point. By the entrance on either side there are two barrel-style booths decorated with fairy lights. They are good for groups, but there are more chairs and tables throughout the small venue.
Food and drinks
The menu at Pink Wine Point is a mix of wine, beer and cocktails. Try the Fluffy Flamingo – it’s a nice blend of Vodka, pure maracuja lime and red berries. I actually had two of them and another drink. If you’re feeling a little hungry, they also have a Tapas menu.
You’ll find Pink Wine Point on Pink Street on Rua Nova do Carvalho (no. 29). It’s situated just under the little bridge that crosses one end of Pink Street. If you’re looking for somewhere to chill out, Pink Street is also home to a handful of other bars and clubs and is not too far from Lisbon’s popular Bairro Alto.
Check their Facebook page for details.
Nova do Carvalho 29, 1200-161 Lisbon, Portugal.
Portas dos Sol
The Portas dos Sol Bar makes for a nice pit stop if you’ve been strolling around Castelo Sao Jorge, making your way through the winding streets or just jumped off Tram 28 to soak up the views from the Miradouro das Portas do Sol Observation.
I ordered a strawberry Daiquiri and the alcoholic selection is pretty good. However, if you aren’t one for a drink in the afternoon, its non-alcoholic cocktail section is something to be desired. It has just one on the menu, a mojito with a blend of strawberries.
The best time to visit is after the lunch rush, as you’ll probably be able to grab a table right near the front. From there, you’ll definitely have great views as you sip a cocktail! If you feel like unwinding a bit, there are more relaxing spaces further back in the bar with sofas and chairs.
I didn’t try the food personally as I’d just been to Timeout Market, so I was full already from my lunch there. Two girls I met while at the bar had ordered sandwiches which they said were nice.
It’s literally right next door to Miradouro das Portas do Sol Observation. You can look down on the bar from there, and it’s also by a car park (I’m seeing a theme here!).
Check their website for more details.
Largo das Portas do Sol, Beco de Santa Helena, 1100-411 Lisbon, Portugal.
There were actually a few others I didn’t get to visit (not enough time). They’re on my list for next time, so if you’ve been to any them, let me know what you liked!
- Sky Bar– Oriente Avenida D. João II, 27 – 16° piso Lisbon, Portugal
- Groove Bar– Rua da Rosa, 148, 1200-389 Lisbon, Portugal
- Jamaica Bar– Nova do Carvalho 6, 1200-292 Lisboa, Portugal
- Lost in Esplanada Bar– Rua Dom Pedro V 56 – D, 1250-094, Lisboa, Portugal
Now you know where you’re going to hang out while in Lisbon, next is sorting out your accommodation!
Hope this helps with planning your time in Lisbon if you’re looking for a few cool places to hang out!
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