Portugal entertainment

Top Choice Concert Venue in Boavista

Casa da Música

Grand and minimalist, sophisticated yet populist, Porto's cultural behemoth boasts a shoebox-style concert hall at its heart, meticulously engineered to accommodate everything from jazz duets to Beethoven's Ninth.
Top Choice Jazz in Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

Hot Clube de Portugal

As hot as its name suggests, this small, poster-plastered cellar (and newly added garden) has staged top-drawer jazz acts since the 1940s. It's considered one of Europe's best.
Top Choice Traditional Music in Tavira

Fado Com História

If you haven't experienced fado (traditional song), this comprehensive introduction is even more worthwhile. Space is limited, so buy your ticket a couple of hours ahead. The 35-minute show begins with an interestin…
Top Choice Fado in Coimbra

Fado ao Centro

At the bottom of the old town, this friendly cultural centre is a good place to acquaint yourself with fado. The evening 6pm show includes plenty of explanation, in Portuguese and English, about the history of the m…
Stadium in Lisbon

Estádio da Luz

SL Benfica plays at this 65,000-seat stadium in the northwestern Benfica district, which also houses the club's well-done museum (https://museubenfica.slbenfica.pt), where you can visit the soaring bald eagle mascot…
Live Music in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

Alface Hall

With one wall covered in LPs and another with old cinema chairs, there's an old-time feel to this jazz and blues bar in Bairro Alto. Free concerts happen nightly at 9.30pm on the minuscule stage (OK, it's just a spo…
Cinema in Marquês de Pombal & Around

Cinemateca Portuguesa

Cinemateca Portuguesa screens offbeat, art-house, world and old movies.
Live Music in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

A Baiuca

On a good night, walking into A Baiuca is like gate-crashing a family party. It’s a special place with fado vadio (street fado), where locals take a turn and spectators hiss if anyone dares to chat during the singin…
Live Music in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

A Tasca do Chico

This crowded dive (reserve ahead), full of soccer banners and spilling over with people of all ilks, is a fado free-for-all. It's not uncommon for taxi drivers to roll up, hum a few bars, and hop right back into the…
Performing Arts in Aliados & Bolhão

Maus Hábitos

Maus Hábitos or 'Bad Habits' is an arty, nicely chilled haunt hosting a culturally ambitious agenda. Changing exhibitions and imaginative installations adorn the walls, while live bands and DJs work the small stage.