Portugal has a varied night scene for visitors. There is typically something for everyone, with lively clubs mixed with laid back bars, and everything in between.
Below is an overview of what to expect at night in some of the most visited areas of the country:
Nightlife in Lisbon
There are two main parts of the city where the night life is concentrated; the main places to visit at night are Docas and Bairro Alto. Bairro Alto typically does not really get lively until around midnight, but then partying continues into the wee small hours. The Chinese Pavilion and Caldo Verde are worth checking out for those who prefer a quieter ambience. Although these are the two main areas, you will find something happening all across the city. There are chic wine bars, electric discos, live music venues, rock bars, themed bars, and everything else you can think of.
The Troubadours, situated near to the cathedral, is a medieval themed tavern, perfect for fun and a taste of something different. At the Santo Amaro Docks you can find a high end selection of café restaurants that really perk up as the clock ticks on. There is a number of Fado restaurants, which mainly cater to tourists. Traditional Fado music is a great accompaniment to a delicious meal.
Nightlife in Belem
Belem is a laid back cultural centre. As well as regular bars and restaurants, it is the perfect spot to experience some Portuguese cinema or theatre.
Nightlife in Porto
There are many bars and restaurants lying alongside the riverside. This is less of a pumping party hotspot, and more of a chilled out and relaxed location. It is a great place to enjoy a few drinks, eat some nice food, listen to good music, and watch the lights twinkling on the waters of the river.
Nightlife in Evora
After sampling the local bars and restaurants, why not head out for a night time stroll around the historic old town and the well preserved castle walls? At night time, the town has a completely different feel, and it is easy to imagine you have been transported to a totally different time and place. The main square is all lit up at night, making a really pretty sight. With a large student population, there are several night clubs and discos.
Nightlife in Estoril
The seaside resort is home to a big casino – be careful with the pennies though and don’t get TOO excited! The casino is part of a large entertainment and leisure complex, which are also good fun in the evenings.
Nightlife in Albuferia
The Algarve’s Albuferia is a well known party destination. Many clubs and bars stay open well into the night, and a large number of places have long happy hours to draw in the masses. The main strip is totally jammed with places to eat, drink, and party, with something to suit all tastes. Retro bars, live music, trance, reggae bars, and booming house music all cry out for attention. Beach parties are also popular.
Nightlife in Aveiro
Lying close to Porto, the town of Aveiro is often compared to Italy’s Venice. It is famous for its excellent seafood specialties and unique, tasty desserts.
Nightlife in O Porto
There are some terrific Fado bars and restaurants in O Porto in addition to regular restaurants and bars.
Compared to other destinations in Europe, the overall night scene in Portugal is fairly sedate, although you will find some hip and happening places, especially in tourist and student centres. If you are looking for a quieter pace of life, amazing views, and subtle sophistication, however, Portugal certainly will not disappoint.