In the 90s, the Lisbon Porto Authorities decided to take a very different approach to their riverside properties. Where there were once warehouses, now there are some of the best bars and restaurants in Lisbon. And certainly among the most popular.
In Docas, the busiest single point in Lisbon’s extensive nightlife, there is, to choose one example, the Café da Ponte. Open to 4 in the morning, on Thursdays there is live music while on Sundays it is Karaoke night for all those who wish to pit their singing voices against the local crop of talent.
Right by the Tagus, there is a wonderful river-facing café terrace.
This is the Café In where, on hot summer nights, there is no better place for a refreshing glass of lager.
Moving on from Docas and Belém, you reach the discos of the Rocha Conde d’Óbidos area, within just a stones throw of the Santo Amaro Docks. Here, there is the Blues Café, with its youthful and laid back ambience, the Dock’s Club, a key player in Lisbon nightlife with music for all types and tastes and the King’s and Queen’s, one of the most open of the capital’s discos with people and music for every possible style.
And keep on rolling. Nothing closes before six in the morning.