Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

Mini Bar
One of Chef José Avillez’s stylish culinary offerings, Mini Bar serves up masterful mini dishes in a 30s and 40s-inspired bar within the São Luiz Theatre.
Silk Club
At once a restaurant, rooftop bar and club, Silk Club is an exclusive night spot that attracts beautiful people from across the city to Chiado.
Portas Largas
Portas Largas originally attracted a gay-crowd, but now, although it has lost some of its former glamour, it is a popular choice for locals and tourists alike. A bit on the scruffy end.
Snob
The journalistic crowd who enjoy the late opening hours of Snob are the city's young design elite, who have recently taken residence in this area; the bar also offers a late-night menu to enjoy.
Lua
Lua is a popular venue for those looking to kick back. With a decent menu on offer, it's spacious enough to accommodate large groups, and has a chilled, unpretentious atmosphere.
Net Jazz Cafe
Part of the Chapito Circus School, this is another space functioning as a cafe throughout the day and an evening programme with live music. Popular with an arty set; a very cool experience.
Clube da Esquina
Clube da Esquina attracts anyone and everyone. Making no statements in its civilised decor and menu, this is nonetheless a popular choice for locals and tourists alike.
Fluid
Occasionally hosting international DJ's, this fashionable venue is popular with a glamorous media-set. Situated near to a choice of late-night party spots, some choose to begin the night here.
Kubo
Summer socialising at it's best; Kubo's beach bar is the place to be...
Lounge Cafe
Located a little further out than the principal hubbub of bars and restaurants in the area, Lounge Cafe sounds exactly how it is; a chilled-out crowd (mostly students) nursing a pint in dim lighting.
Side
Side has an advantage over other bars: its daytime trade, which is popular with a fashion set who enjoy the health-conscious menu as well as a variety of wines by the glass in the evening.
Mexe
Mexe has an attraction that trumps the others: with pretensions of a club, it owns a more lively atmosphere than its neighbours, however its small size allows it to retain its intimacy...
Bicaense
Bicaence can be found off Lisbon's busiest shopping streets. Popular with a glamorous media set, there is just enough exclusivity without feeling pretentious...
Meninos do Rio
If you are looking for a quiet corner to while away a few hours then go elsewhere. Meninos do Rio is the place for a party with a beach bar, giant bean bags and a friendly upbeat crowd.
Baliza
Perfectly situated for a post-shopping spritzer, Baliza can be found off Lisbon's busiest shopping streets. The evenings become popular with a relatively glamorous media set.
Cerca Moura
The Alfama area is heavily residential and fairly difficult to navigate. However it is worth a visit for a removed and peaceful view of the city, as is this café built into the original Moorish city walls.
Portas Do Sol
A Lisbon liquid lunch out on the terrace is the order of the day at Portas, a buzzing boozey lunch venue...
Santiago Alquimista
Host to live performances, from karaoke to comedy, this is a popular choice for a youthful media crowd, following dinner out in a nearby culinary delight...
Majong
Fabulously located in an area dense with lively bars and eateries, Majong attracts c-list glamour. The minimalist bar promotes a too-cool-for-school attitude, popular with the media set.
Parodia
This intimate drinking den in the affluent district of Campo de Ourique also preserves a hint of exclusivity with its doorbell policy - but no need to worry; anyone is welcome...
Herois
Centrally located within the Baixa area, Herois is situated perfectly for a post-shopping spritzer. It retains an exclusive feel, with chic decor and expensive drinks...
BedRoom Bar
Leave the negligee and marabou mules at home when you visit BedRoom bar - this is no pyjama party. Popular with Barrio-Alto's stylish young crowd go late for drinks and dancing.
Caxim Bar
Located just seconds from Castelo de Sao Jorge and its grounds, this dimly lit cave has Morrocan inspirations, giving an unmistakable feeling of having crossed into another continent.
Agito
Although not situated within the central madness of this area, the Agito Bar retains a vibrant atmosphere and is conveniently located on Rua da Rosa. Chilled and effortlessly cool.
O’Gilins
O'Gilins claims a monopoly on providing traditional Irish service. With real pints (almost unheard of in Lisbon), friendly service (an understatement) and late opening hours, it is perpetually buzzing.
Costa do Castelo Bar das Imagens
This curious bar provides a fantastic stopping point on the hike up to the infamous Castelo de Sao Jorge. Time your day so you can enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda.
Bar Ache Cohiba
This recent addition to Lisbon's night scene is popular for locals who are tired of the area's institutions. Situated in the hubbub of the city, Ache Cohiba guarantees lively conversation and an eclectic clientele.
Cinco Lounge
Cinco Lounge is a welcome addition to the already vibrant Baixa-Bairro Alto area. This glossy cocktail bar is an example of Lisbon's increasingly cosmopolitan reputation.
Procópio
Although the Estrela area is not as famously lively, this bar is popular due to its fascinating decoration and welcoming atmosphere - be careful not to miss it...
Pavilhão Chinês
Located on Rua Dom Pedro V, this spacious yet cluttered bar is consistent with the antique boutiques nearby. It has a polarised effect on customers: love it or loathe it, it is worth a visit.
Café de São Bento
The Rua de Sao Bento also houses a glamorous shopping scene making The Cafe de Sao Bento an ideal place to rest with a glass of wine.
Café Diário
Fabulously located in an area dense with lively bars and eateries, Cafediario remains a popular choice for locals and tourists alike, who enjoy being within the hub of the vibrant social area.

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