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Sol e Pesca
In the heart of the trendy ‘pink street' (named because of the colour of the tarmac), this is a former fishing tackle shop where you can perch at low stools. Order a drink or two, best accompanied with one of the canned fish which line the walls. The sardines are always good.

Address: 44 Rua Nova do Carvalho | Telephone: 213 467 203 |

A Ginjinha
 One of Lisbon's smallest but most famous bars, named after and serving a potent cherry liqueur. Order it with the stone intact if you want an extra kick.

Address: 8 Largo de Sao Domingos | Telephone: 218 862 249 |

The top of a multi storey car park may not seem to be the obvious place for a hip bar, but persevere and you'll find a wondrous rooftop space with potted plants, deck chairs, tables and fabulous views over the city.

Address: Calçada do Combro 58 | Telephone: 215 914 011 |

Terrace BA
Head to the top floor of the Bairro Alto hotel, where its terrace bar commands amazing views over Lisbon and the river beyond. It's a sublime spot for a cocktail and is open til midnight (or 1am at weekends).

Address: Bairro Alto Hotel, 2 Praca Luis de Camões | Telephone: 021 340 8288 |

Enoteca Chafariz do Vinho
Buried in the bowels of a former reservoir (a tunnel links it with nearby Praça Príncipe Real), the cool stone interior makes a fine wine cellar and stocks quality Portuguese and international wines, including rare vintages which you can enjoy with sublime tapas such as carpaccio of octopus or Portuguese cheeses. There's a newly expanded outdoor terrace, too.

Address: Chafariz da Mãe d'Agua | Telephone: 213 422 079 |

Mercy Rooftop bar
There are various enviable perches in Lisbon, and this is one of the best, atop a hotel with sumptuous views over the Baixa and the river. There are cocktails, wines, beers and shakes along with local cheeses.

Address: 76 Rua da Misericórdia | Telephone: 212 481 480 |

Bar 38° 41'
Overlooking the broad Tagus esturary in Belém, this upmarket hotel bar is an alluring spot for a cocktail (try a potent caipirinha), with occasional live jazz.

Address: Doca do Bom Successo, Altis Belém Hotel | Telephone: 210 400 210 |

Café A Brasileira
This may be Lisbon's most famous and historic cafés, but it's often more local in the evenings, when you can nurse a beer at the long wooden bar or at the little marble-topped tables. There's often live music on the street outside, too.

Address: 120 Rua Garrett | Telephone: 213 469 541 |

Cervejaria Portugália
Dating back to 1925, this attractive beer hall opened as an annexe to Lisbon's largest brewery. It is still the place to go for top beer, as well as seafood.

Address: Av. Almirante Reis, 117 | Telephone: 213 140 002 |

Bar Snob
Ring the bell for entry to a wonderfully old-fashioned, darkened bar which attracts famous journalists and politicians for late-night drinking. It's also famous for its steaks, also served till late.

Address: 178 Rua do Seculo | Telephone: 213 463 723 |


Havana Soul
Small, modern Cuban-themed bar with outdoor tables facing the sleek yachts of Doca de Santo Amaro. You'll probably want a drink or two inside, where the Latino sounds are catchy and fun.

Address: Doca de Santo Amaro 5 | Telephone: |

Silk Club
This sophisticated bar, Japanese restaurant and club comes into its own after midnight at weekends, with DJs and dancing until the small hours; its top-floor location gives superb views over the city.

Address: 14 Rua da Misericórdia | Telephone: 913 009 193 |

Café Tati
This cosy café-bar with upcycled furniture serves an array of quality Portuguese wines and beers which you can enjoy with petiscos snacks, as well as frequent live music usually (jazz and folk).

Address: 36 Rua da Ribeira Nova | Telephone: 213 461 279 |

The latest offering from leading chef Jose Avillez is an intriguing mixture of retro cabaret and gourmet eating. There's a wacky tasting menu with the chef's trademark innovative cooking in a chic, stylish and intimate space, while the accompanying cabaret is as thought-provoking and entertaining as the cuisine. Advanced booking essential.

Address: Bairro do Avillez, 18 Rua Nova da Trindade | Telephone: 210 939 234 |

To check out Lisbon's thriving African community, head to B.Leza, a vibrant African club down on the riverside. There are frequent live acts, and you'd be hard pushed not to join in with the riotous dancing.

Address: Rua de Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, | Telephone: 210 106 837 |

Place is, well, the place to be see in the increasingly fashionable district of Cais do Sodré. There's a giant dance floor, guest DJs, awesome sound system and flash young movers from Thursday to Saturdays weekly.

Address: Rua dom Luis 1 | Telephone: |

Café da Ponte
This modern, all-purpose café-bar serves food by day and turns into a lively music bar after dark, with occasional karaoke nights, right next to the dramatic Ponte 25 de Abril. 

Address: 15 Docas de Santo Amaro | Telephone: 213 957 669 |

Hot Clube de Portugal
Don't miss a visit to Europe's oldest continuously running jazz club, which relocated to a newer venue next door to the original venue, which sadly burned down in 2009. Previously visited by legendary stars such as Dexter Gordon, it still attracts big name players together with local artists.

Address: 48 Praça de Alegria | Telephone: 213 619 740 |

Silk Club
This sophisticated club and bar has a sublime rooftop location with superb views over the city. There are late night DJs as well as Japanese cuisine.

Address: 14 Rua da Misericórdia | Telephone: 913 009 193 |

This has long been one of the Bairro Alto district's hippest bars thanks to its blend of arty décor (including lights that look like cabbages) and rough-and-ready fittings. Gets lively from around midnight.

Address: 3 Rua da Atalaia | Telephone: 213 421 039 |

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