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By Chris | June 4 2007
With Lisbon’s nightlife rapidly becoming one of Europe’s best, the city offers the elite traveler an eclectic range of stylish bars, nightclubs and cocktail lounges, as well as cultural venues to rival any other city.
We’ve selected some of the most exclusive experiences on offer to keep you entertained from sundown until dawn.
CINCO Lounge has pioneered the sophisticated and cool cocktail culture in Lisbon.
It provides a combination of contemporary and classic cocktails and introduces new drinks each season. CINCO is the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends over a cocktail or two and the dress code is anything goes, as is the music, which is never too loud. With a choice of more than one hundred cocktails, CINCO Lounge lets customerse exchange their cocktail if, after a few sips, they decide it’s not to their taste.
Dave Palethorpe, Owner / Manager
+351 213 424 033
Rua Ruben A. Leitão 17-A, Príncipe Real, 1200-339
Lisbon’s most exclusive club, Silk opened its doors in March 2008 and has a very strict and selective door and members policy.
Accessed only by two panoramic elevators, Silk is located on the upper two floors of Espaço Chiado and boasts breathtaking 270º views of Lisbon. It is a truly chic, sophisticated club that has integrated its architecture and interior design with the cool ambiance of Lisbon’s nights. Silk features a rooftop club, a main bar with seating and dancing space, as well as a spectacular terrace with an outside bar and seating. A member of the world’s finest clubs, Silk provides exquisite service and access is through reservations only.
+351 913 009 193
Rua da Misericórdia 14, 1249
Lisbon’s hippest club, Lux is partly owned by actor John Malkovich and is one of Europe’s most fashionable nightspots, with its unique, retro interior attracting stars such as Cameron Diaz and Prince.
Downstairs you’ll find a frenzied dance floor with top international DJs spinning cutting edge music, while the top floor has a more relaxed vibe with an alternative soundtrack. The elegant roof terrace and balconies provide the elite traveler with the perfect spot to watch the sunrise.
+351 218 820 890
Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A, Cais da Pedra a Sta. Apolónia, 1950-376
Founded in 1977 with the aim of developing Portuguese dance as well as showcasing international works, The National Ballet of Portugal, Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB), is unique in its presentation of both classical and neo-classical works, as well as contemporary pieces.
Luísa Taveira took over as artistic director in October 2010 and there is a packed program for 2011-12 including John Cranko’s 1958 Romeo and Juliet at the Ballet’s home in Lisbon’s Camões Theater.
Cuisine: Traditional No trip to Lisbon would be complete without experiencing Portugal’s unique Fado music.
Reflecting Portugal’s maritime history, traditional Fado consists of mournful singing accompanied by classical guitar, and Senhor Vinho is the iconic restaurant of the genre. Opened in 1975, Senhor Vinho has always aimed to satisfy its guests both gastronomically and artistically, with a host of the world’s best Fado performers making regular appearances. Some of the most influential figures in politics and the arts frequent Senhor Vinho. Expect to stay until around 2am and savor Portugal’s national music.
Designed by architect Carla Mendes, Estado Liquido features an upstairs sushi bar with an ever-changing menu under the guidance of chef Arnaldo Ferreira.
As well as fusion sushi which creates an explosive blend of Eastern and Western tastes, the upstairs mezzanine sushi lounge features special ‘beds’ to relax and dine on and an eclectic jazz and soul musical background creates a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere. Meanwhile the downstairs bar stays open late and has quickly become one of Lisbon’s most popular night spots. As the chef and his staff love to experiment with their sushi recipes, classes are available for guests to bring their own tastes and creativity to the cuisine.