There are plenty of cervejerias to choose from in central Lisbon, all of varying quality and price. Pinoquio is the locals’ choice. Found directly behind Restauradores metro station, the restaurant is within easy walking distance from the Baixa and main city squares.
Unchanged since the 1970s, the neon-lit, mantis-green interior is strangely alluring, albeit headache-inducing. More disturbing still, waiters are dressed in exact colour-match shirts. But don’t be put off: the waist-size of returning customers alone is testimony to the satisfying food in store.
The seafood selection is limited, but fresh and well prepared. Staff are both polite and informed, and the service is sharp. There are six different beers available and the wine selection is good. The lurid picture-postcard desserts, however, are probably best avoided. A good central option for a no-frills, boozy feast with friends.