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Easily the trendiest club in Lisbon, and contender for the European title, Lux has redefined the city’s club scene since opening in 1998. It’s complemented by Bica do Sapato and a string of design shops, making this dockside strip a trendsetter’s heaven. When Manuel Reis (the man behind the legendary Fragil) chose to build a development on the derelict Santa Apolonia dock, few believed it would be so successful. In terms of shell and soul,

Lux is yet to be rivalled. A spacious square dance-floor is interrupted only by crisp white pillars; giant glitterballs are a nod to New York’s Studio 54. A balcony overlooking the river runs around the club and is popular in the early hours.

The club attracts beautiful glitterati, larger-than-life drag queens and Bairro Altistas, although there have been complaints that the encroachment of an affluent jet-set has lowered the tone. Security is tight and the club runs a strict anti-drugs policy – bouncers roaming the dance-floor can be disconcerting at times. Door staff are also a victim of their own hype. International DJs visit regularly and attract long queues. The music policy tends to follow London’s lead.

Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Santa Apol—nia.,
+ 315 21 882 0890
Opening Times
10pm-6am. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
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