Unlike the many faceless and identikit bars that line the Doca de Santo Amaro, this Lisbon nightclub Op Art benefits from a trend-setting crowd of discerning clubbers. The square-shaped building stands alone as a pocket of cool in a largely characterless area. The Op Art music policy of electro and house emulates London trends, and many regard the place as a miniature Lux.
During the day customers come to enjoy a coffee on the outdoor esplanade, overshadowed only by the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. The kitchen serves a selection of steaks, salads and fish until 11.30pm. By night slip mats replace saucers and the space quickly fills with music-hungry revellers. The busiest times are the early hours when many other clubs have closed.
Outdoor seating provides a welcome breath of fresh air, but the structural glass walls can be uncomfortable at daybreak. Bright shards of sunlight are guaranteed to clear even the foggiest of beer goggles. If you prefer to party in the dark, steer well clear. But there’s no better place to watch the sun rise during the height of summer.