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.
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 (http://museubenfica.slbenfica.pt). It hosted the 2014 Champions League Final and was …
Cinema in Bairro Alto & Chiado

Cinema Ideal

Opened in 1904, this small neighbourhood cinema was last refurbished in the 1950s and keeps much of the same atmosphere of a classical movie theatre. The programming changes every week and focuses mostly on independ…
Fado in Alfama, Castelo & Graça


This intimate spot features live fado on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and eclectic cultural fare (poetry readings, jazz nights) on other nights. Although there is a €15 minimum consumption, unlike most fa…
Fado in Bairro Alto & Chiado

A Tasco do Chico

This crowded dive (reserve ahead), full of soccer banners and spilling over with people of all ilk 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 their…
Fado in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

A Baîuca

On a good night, walking into A Baîuca is like gate-crashing a family party. It’s a special place with fado vadio, where locals take a turn and spectators hiss if anyone dares to chat during the singing. There's a €…
Live Music in Bairro Alto & Chiado

Bar da Velha Senhora

The fabulously burlesque Bar da Velha Senhora whisks you back to those crazy days of the 1920s, with its low-lit interior and glittering revue shows. Tapas and cocktails with risqué names get the crowd in the mood f…
Fado in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Parreirinha de Alfama

Owned by fado legend Argentina Santos, this place offers good food amid candlelit ambience; it attracts an audience that often falls hard for the top-quality fadistas (three singers and two guitarists per night, som…
Fado in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Mesa de Frades

A magical place to hear fado, tiny Mesa de Frades used to be a chapel. It’s tiled with exquisite azulejos and has just a handful of tables. The show begins around 11pm. Skip the food (which is hit-or-miss) and stick…
Fado in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Senhor Fado

Small and lantern-lit, this is a cosy spot for fado vadio (street fado). Fadista Ana Marina and guitarist Duarte Santos make a great double act.