Central Lisbon Nightlife, Lisbon (Self Guided)

Lisbon is a great place for partying and is one of Europe's best clubbing cities. You can choose from the eighties hip-hop to hard rock, from dancing to house or to the tunes of a live band. The usual practice in Lisbon is to go pub hopping, have a fulfilling dinner and then move on to the dance floor. The club scene really starts around 2 am and continues until dawn. This guide introduces you to some of the best dancing clubs in Central Lisbon.
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Central Lisbon Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Central Lisbon Nightlife
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon (See other walking tours in Lisbon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: Xena
Ministerium Club

1) Ministerium Club

A sophisticated ultra-modern nightspot located in the historic eighteenth-century Commerce Square, Ministerium has become one of Lisbon’s coolest places to hear great DJ gigs each weekend. Hosting an assortment of popular local talent as well as hot international DJs, guests to this exclusive nightclub are treated to the sounds of house and techno. Ministerium features a spacious dance floor, an upscale mezzanine level overlooking the action, a rooftop cantina for kicking back, and a private room for sponsored events. The vaulted ceilings of this classic architectural wonder combined with the high-tech mood lighting create a larger-than-life clubbing experience for its guests.

2) Lust

Located on the east wing of Commerce Square, Lust is an exclusive nightclub with a strict door policy. The building it occupies was formerly a government ministry building. The interior design reflects a vintage appeal with many of the original furnishings. Lust only uses premium spirits in its cocktails and upstairs guests will find a restaurant serving great regional cuisine with an ample selection of wines to choose from to accompany the meal. Entrance to this trendy Lisbon nightspot requires your name on the guest list, which can be found on their website or through their PR office. Lust can pack in a crowd of about 400 guests, and can be filled to capacity at times, particularly on the weekends.

Operation Hours: Wednesday — Saturday: 11 pm – 3 am

3) Musicbox

An upscale nightclub and live music venue located in the chic yet seedy Cais do Sodré, Musicbox has been a trendy nightspot in Lisbon since its opening in 2006. A cultural hub of the city, film presentations are not uncommon here as well. Its range of musical entertainment includes anything from rock to reggae, dance, or hip hop, and includes both DJ sets as well as live musical performances. Musicbox offers some over-the-top design features like a large arched entrance and a video wall for a larger-than-life party atmosphere. This popular nightclub sees a mixed crowd that includes a fair amount of thirty-somethings looking for a fun night out.

Operation Hours: Monday — Saturday: 11 pm - 6 am

4) Bicaense

An ultra-hip lounge and bar with a relaxed, chilled out vibe, Bicaense is a great place to kick back with sophisticated cocktails before heading out for a night of clubbing or as an intimate hangout with a classy appeal. Offering up trendy house music beats to fill out the hip atmosphere, antique clocks and old film projectors liven up the stylish interior design. Another room features huge beanbag chairs for guests to recline on, while an array of colored lights sway to the music in a feast for the eyes. Bicaense attracts a younger, arty, and sophisticated crowd of party goers and includes nights hosting DJs as well as live music acts.

Operation Hours: Saturday: 8 pm – 2 am; Tuesday - Friday: 7.30 – 2 am

5) Silk

An exclusive and upscale lounge and club located atop the historic Espaço Chiado, Silk provides two levels of upscale nighttime entertainment which is accessed via its two glass elevators with breathtaking panoramic views. Reservations are definitely recommended in order to gain entrance for an evening here, where guests are treated drinks and dancing one of the best rooftop terrace bars found in the city. A stunning view of Lisbon and the Tagus River add a sophisticated element to the experience. Modern décor that blend in with the view of the skyline provide a unique setting for champagne, cocktails, and a good selection of whiskies.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 10.30 pm – 4 am
Hot Club Portugal

6) Hot Club Portugal

Located in a cellar space in the historic Praça da Alegria, Hot Clube de Portugal is the nation’s oldest and most respected jazz club. Having changed location most recently due to fire, Hot Clube de Portugal made headway as the premiere place for jazz back in the 1950s and continues to do so to this day. In the 80s, Hot Clube began a music school offering seminars and lessons that has given rise to some great regional talent. This hot club features almost nightly live jazz acts that packs in a sophisticated clientele for a hot night of smooth music.

Operation Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 pm – 2 am

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Whether you are in Lisbon for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Lisbon has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money getting around Lisbon and visiting the city's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the Lisbon City Card.

Among other conveniences, this card allows bearer to explore all of Lisbon's top attractions (cathedrals, castles, palaces, museums, monuments and other places of interest), both in and around the city, either for free (28 sights) or with great (up to 50%) discounts. The card provides 24-, 48-, or 72-hour passes to all these locations, plus free ride on public transportation including trams, buses, and regional trains to Cascais and Sintra. Very convenient!

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Lisbon hotels that are conveniently located: Hotel O Artista, Rossio Boutique Hotel, Internacional Design Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Lisbon, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close, with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour of Lisbon typically costs from around US$35 up to US$80 per person:

- Explore Lisbon Highlights on a walking tour revealing the unique side of the Portuguese capital, be it a gorgeous building, historic event, colorful street, picturesque square, or a quaint little shop or cafe serving delicious local food and wine, or perhaps a spot with a breathtaking panorama of the city.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way up and down Lisbon's 7 hills on an electrical bike tour visiting the city’s best historic landmarks and hidden spots, learning about its curiosities, and reaching the highest spots for the most scenic views of the Portuguese capital. Definitely more than “just another bike tour”!

- Treat yourself to the most delicious experience on a food tour exploring the top delicacies of Lisbon - authentic local must-try bites and traditional drinks - visiting memorable spots for a perfect tasting and insight into the Portuguese lifestyle and eating habits.

- Immerse yourself in Lisbon’s heritage on a 7-hour driven tour around the city’s oldest quarter, Alfama, exploring the famous local monuments and discovering the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower. On this tour you will also get a chance to see modern Lisbon complete with a scenic cable car ride, plus indulge in a delicious local meal (optional). If you have little time in the city, this tour will make you feel like you've seen a lot!

- Sail around Lisbon for a different perspective of the city that very few people actually get to see, on a boat tour. Apart from enjoying spectacular views of Lisbon's famous seaside monuments, you will get a chance to do a bit of yachting (steering the boat) or just laze around on the deck enjoying champagne, homemade snacks and other refreshments, while hearing interesting historical facts about this fascinating city.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Lisbon, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Sintra, Évora, or a combo of Aveiro and Coimbra, or Mafra and Ericeira. For as little as US$100+ to US$250+ you will get a chance to visit some of the finest tourist attractions of Portugal including remarkable 19th century pieces of Romanticism architecture, one of Portugal’s most iconic villages (UNESCO World Heritage site), have a gondola ride in Portuguese “Venice”, and enjoy an authentic Portuguese lunch at restaurant (optional). All these trips start and end at your hotel and you'll be carried by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide.