Top 5 Cocktail Bars
Summer is the season to enjoy cocktails, be it on a a rooftop bar overlooking the city and river or in one of our chosen, hidden spots. These are out top 5 bars in Lisbon to have both a great classic, as well as signature cocktails.
The Ritz Bar is one Lisbon’s cult cocktail spots.
At the Ritz Bar, the dramatic atmosphere, with its red and black decoration, frame the views towards Eduardo VII Park, and open the views to Lisbon’s twinkling lights throughout the night. The tone is set for a classy and exquisite, but comfortable cocktail drinking time.
Whether you choose to go for a late afternoon drink, and enjoy the outdoor terrace, listening to some jazz, with a fresh and summery cocktail, or to end the perfect evening out – the Ritz Bar will definitely be the place where you will feel it is just the right place to be.
Tip: This Summer go for a Porto Tonic, a special cocktail designed by our Bar Manager, Ricardo Felgueiras. The cocktail combines one of the most admired wines in Portugal, Port Wine, with tonic water, giving it a twist and turning it into the perfect Portuguese’ flavor cocktail.
Or instead, try a Summer flavor with the summer’s signature cocktail, and have a Margarita Moment. We’ll just give you a glimpse of this one and tease you to try it: it is a cool margarita duo, tastes of Portuguese uniqueness, combined with a summer freshness.
Since its opening in 2013, Park soon became an “it spot” for cocktails in Lisbon. The name drifts from its location, at the top of a six floor car park in the bohemian Bairro Alto neighborhood, .
The cool yet rustic space, designed by designer Joana Astolfi, with small bushes, wooden tables and benches turn it into one of Lisboner’s favorite spots to end a working day or to begin a Friday night, when the DJ’s sets the beats that will keep you there longer…
With a 180 degrees view towards Tagus River, Santa Catarina Church or to San Francisco’s like bridge, 25 de Abril Bridge, this Lisbon’s suspended garden is the perfect spot to savor in a summer cocktail. Park has a wide selection of cocktails and gins that you can pair any time with some tasty snacks. Tempting, right?!
Tip: The place might be hard to find, and so we give you a hand. Enter in EMEL’s parking lot and take the elevator up to the 6th floor. Get out and walk up the 7th floor to find the entrance.
If you’re longing for a trendy and hip place, then Rio Maravilha is the spot for you, or it wouldn’t be located at Lisbon’s creative hub Lx Factory.
Rio Maravilha is a huge living room looking out onto the Tagus River, where you can eat, dance or get a cocktail while you watch the sunset or enjoy the view throughout the night.
To reach its 4th floor, voyageurs get into an old elevator, and then as as soon they enter, the stunning space is revealed. A former industrial building, where art pieces and bar utensils, video projections on the walls and tables, together compose its cool atmosphere, and set the vibe. There are areas to eat, others to dance or simply enjoy the moment. The outdoor terrace wins when it comes to enjoying a great sunset, or later in the evening offering additional sweeping views of the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge enchanted with its twinkling lights.
Rio Maravilha has an exciting and creative drinking menu. The signature cocktails include creations that have won the title of “Best Cocktail in Lisbon” during the annual Lisbon Bar Week. You can have the the Pineapple Rum Sour, with aged rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, honey, egg white, rosemary and paprika. or a Raspberry and Pop Rocks Margarita with tequila, raspberry, triple sec and topped with, imagine, fizzy popping candy.
Red Frog Speakeasy
Red Frog Speakeasy, although located just off Lisbon’s most fancy avenue, Avenida da Liberdade, is still a well kept secret. To find it, you must know it. The vibe is sort of New York style prohibition era, and so you must look for a red frog placed on the wall, showing you where to ring the bell and ‘press for cocktails’ . Hence its exclusiveness and uniqueness starts already from the outside with this faintly illicit vibe. Inside, the small space, inspired in the 20’s and 30’s, invites you to sit in its very comfy stools and sofas and expect to be in a convivial and bohemian spirit along a smart cocktail taste. There is even a hidden room behind a false wall, which you can rent for private events.
The bar, is presented almost as a Sanctuary where the liquids are turned into Gods and the cocktails as their masterpieces. Hence from the very well stocked bar, you can expect to have a cocktail turned into art, following Red Frog Speakeasy’s motto.
On the menu, all the cocktails are designed with the Red Frog Speakeay twist. Cocktails are grouped within three temporal times: the “Early Classics & Golden Age” (19th to 20th century), the cocktail’s golden age; Followed by the “Desperate Times”, transporting us directly to the prohibition era; And finally the “Modernity Collection”, from the end of 20th century to the beginning of the 21st century.
Tip: From the “Early Classics & Golden Age” go for the Midnight Smugglers (based on Gin), that comes enclosed in a paper bag, to keep it hidden. Or try (to be) an American Gangster or perhaps stop at a portuguese-indian Martim Moniz Square.