The Beiras drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Coimbra

Galeria Santa Clara

Arty tea room by day and chilled-out bar by night, this is a terrific place to hang out. Inside, it's all mismatched vintage furniture, books and chandeliers whilst out back the garden terrace boasts lovely views ba…
Cafe in Coimbra

Café Santa Cruz

Coimbra's historic showpiece cafe is set in a beautiful high-vaulted former chapel, with stained-glass windows and graceful stone arches. Outside, a terrace grants lovely views over Praça 8 de Maio. Don't miss the c…
Bar in Aveiro

Casa de Chá

With its elegant walled courtyard and classy location in Aveiro's landmark art nouveau building, this cafe absolutely looks the part. Stop by for tea and a snack during the day or come late for cocktails and caipiri…
Club in Covilhã

Companhia Club

This sleek club is one of a cluster of popular late-night student haunts in the abandoned-looking mill zone to the north of the centre. Check its Facebook page for upcoming parties and events. To get there, head alo…
Bar in Sortelha

Bar Boas Vindas

This stone house with rustic decor and a cat curled up by the fire is a great place to hole up in winter. In the warmer months, you can sit out on its sunny terrace and munch on ham and cheese sandwiches, ideal for …
Cafe in Figueira da Foz

A Pharmácia

If coffee and cake sounds good, hotfoot it to this lovely relaxed cafe. Tea addicts can choose from a decent selection of infusions, while coffee aficionados will not be disappointed by the excellent espresso-based …
Bar in Coimbra

Aqui Base Tango

This offbeat house is one of Coimbra's most enticing hangouts, a quirky space with original decor and a relaxed, inclusive vibe. Music ranges from jazz to alternative rock and there's always something going on. Gay-…
Wine Bar in Viseu

Palato Wine House

With its exposed stone walls and prime central location, this good-looking wine bar is a fine place to get to grips with the local vinho. It has a long list of Dão and Douro wines by the bottle, with many also avail…
Bar in Viseu

The Brothers

A bistro-style cafe on an attractive pedestrian-only street, The Brothers has a bohemian-style Parisian atmosphere, good beers, and regular live music. In the warmer months, its outdoor tables are a favourite evenin…
Bar in Coimbra

Bar Quebra Costas

This Coimbra classic has a sunny, cobbled terrace, an artsy interior, friendly service, and a chilled-out jazzy soundtrack. It's perfectly placed for people-watching over an ice-cold beer after a day pounding the st…