Love it or hate it (and most Lisboetas learn to love it), Kremlin is an institution in Lisbon’s nightlife. The oldest of the city’s superclubs, it opened with a fanfare of international DJs and was included by DJ magazine in its top 10 clubs in Europe. Twelve years later the heavyweight line-ups have been replaced by an even heavier drug problem and the odd shooting.
However, the benefit of a late licence (most clubs close at 6am) makes Kremlin the perfect venue to witness the multiple cross-sections of Lisbon’s social scene collide. Referred to by locals as a ‘people zoo’, at one time the club was filled with a pantomime of characters; ice-laden pimps would prop up the bar with a high-class whore on each arm only yards away from well-to-do businessmen and immaculately turned-out trendsetters.
These days the clientele is much less colourful and far more unsavoury. Strict club etiquette applies at all times; always smile and don’t step on anyone’s toes. Perfect for people-watching…from a distance.