There's a popular Portuguese saying which goes a little like "In Braga they pray, in Porto they work, in Coimbra they study, in Lisbon, they govern and in the Algarve, they play". It's true the Portuense are hard workers, the urban sprawl which surrounds the city is full of factories and light industry, but at the day's end, they like to party. Porto has a vibrant and exciting nightlife with something to suit all tastes and ages. Portuguese tend to eat late and then head off to a bar or club afterwards therefore those establishments with a local clientele won't open until about 10pm. However, cafés such as the Guarany or Majestic will stay open in the early evening to attract those who fancy a pre-dinner tipple.
For visitors to Porto, the riverfront on both banks make for a great night out, there's a number of interesting bars on the Ribeira and a great choice in Vila Nova da Gaia. The bar scene in central Porto has experienced a rejuvenation as of late, especially in the Carmo area, thanks mainly to Porto's vibrant student population. Further west on the seafront in Foz and Massarelos has also seen a resurgence in popularity. As for nightclubs, the most popular are centred around the Boavista district. Most nightclubs don't get kicking until noon and stay open until 2am on weekdays and 4-5am on weekends. Entrance tickets double as a free-drink token in certain clubs.
On the top floor of Porto Cruz's visitor centre in Vila Nova da Gaia, there's this fantastic open-air rooftop bar offering patrons 360º panoramic views over Gaia, the river and Porto beyond. Here it's possible to buy a choice of Ports and Douro DOC wines at the bar. They also serve lunch and excellent Port-based cocktails. It is also the ideal spot to enjoy the sun setting on the river.
Tuesday - Sunday: 11h00 - 19h00, Monday: CLOSED
23 Largo Miguel Bombarda, 4400-222, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
41º 08' 15.8" N | 08º 36' 46.6" W
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The former bookshop turned relaxed bar has a bohemian feel and shares the same square as the Champanheria da Baixa next door. Dim lighting and retro decor give this watering hole a low key ambience. Old books from the world of cinema, photography, theatre and the arts are mixed with modern touches such as the lighting and Illuminated shelves with coloured bottles. Prices are very favourable compared to the bars in more touristy areas. Café Candelabro opens for breakfast and coffee, making a great way to start a day. Doors don't close until 2am or later if the management is in the mood.
Daily: 10h00 - 02h00
3 Rua da Conceição, Porto,, Portugal.
41º 08" 59.7 N | 08º 36" 47.5' W
+351 966 984 250
This Irish Bar now has two outlets, one in Foz and the other one in the Downtown. This one in the Foz is the original and opened in 1977. It has been popular ever since, thanks mainly to the eclectic interior. The walls and ceilings are adorned with thousands of antiques and curiosities with a nautical theme. The clientele is a nice mix of tourists and locals alike. There's a broad choice of beers, whiskies and spirits available. Each night the atmosphere is friendly and boisterous. Bonaparte Foz is a great place to go for a drink and a bar meal and watch a game of footy.
Daily: 12h00 - 00h00
130 Avenida Brasil, 4150 Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal.
41° 09′ 26.8″ N | 08° 40′ 55.7″ W
+351 226 188 404 | firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Porto’s first Champagne bar in the centre of town. It has a warm, homely and, dare I say, bubbly atmosphere. There is plenty of non-sparkling options also available, such as table wines, cocktails and sangria. Nevertheless, it is the fizz that is the biz here. Be it homegrown Espumante or Champagne itself. Its prime location on the Largo de Mompilher is an ideal spot for outdoor seating. In addition, the recently renovated swanky interior is cosy and somehow achieves a balance of being sophisticated yet casual. Order by the glass and try one of their excellent Petiscos to accompany your tipple.
Weekdays: 12h00 - 00h30, Weekends: 12h00 - 02h30
1-2 Largo Mompilher, Porto, Portugal.
41º 08" 59.8' N | 08º 36" 46.7' W
+351 220 962 809 | email@example.com
One of the trendiest spots on Porto's coolest street Era uma vez em Paris… (Once upon a time in Paris) is a French-inspired cocktail bar. Home to an alluring decor full of bold shades of red and plenty of vintage touches. Black-and-white photos on the wall, antique lamps with frilly shades, swaying curtains, marble-topped tables surrounded by both leather and velvet-seated chairs are just a few of the mood-setting adornments. Era Uma Vez Em Paris is able to extrude an ambience of chic without being crass and is a popular hang-out for bohemian minded people.
Monday – Tuesday: 13h00 – 02h00, Wednesday – Friday: 13h00 – 04h00, Saturday: 13h00 – 12h00, Sunday : 09h30 – 02h00
106 Rua Galerias de Paris, Porto, Portugal.
41º 08" 51.8' N | 08º 36" 50.3' W
+351 222 022 240
Another great bar in the trendy street of Galerias de Paris is The Gin House which first opened in October 2012. The front window has an attractive display of gin bottles and inside the interior is contemporary. The walls are monochromatic, colour is added to the room from light illuminating the array of gin bottles behind the bar. Over 160 gin labels are on sale here varying from aromatic, chilled, sweet to fruit-based gins, both artisan and more famed brands. The is a dance floor area inside and adequate seating on the street outside.
Mondays – Thursdays: 19h00 - 02h00, Fridays & Saturdays: 19h00 - 04h00, Sundays: 19h00 - 02h00
70 Rua Cândido dos Reis, Porto, Portugal.
41° 08' 49.6" N | 08° 36' 50.1" W
+351 962 448 739/ 222 033 062
Located in the fashionable Avenida do Brasil in the seaside Foz area, Indústria has been delighting clubbers since 1986 and is home to both renowned national and international DJ's.
Following a refit, the club is now equipped with a Funktion One sound system with amazing acoustics. Indústria is one of the largest and well-loved clubs in Porto and plays a varied selection of music from Reggae to House. There's a chill-out longe with velvet curtains, soft furnishings and sofas where you can even order a civilised glass of wine and champagne.
Thursday to Saturday: 00h00 – 06h00
843 Avenida do Brasil, Porto 4000-179 Portugal. | 41° 09' 33.7" N | 08° 41' 01.3" W
+351 220 962 935 | firstname.lastname@example.org |
Once upon a time, people crossed the bridge from Vila Nova da Gaia to the Hard Club which was one of the best venues in Portugal for live performances of any genre, plays and DJ nights, cinema and fine art exhibitions. Today the Hard Club occupies the Mercado Ferreira Borges market building opposite the Palácio da Bolsa which ironically never functioned as a market. This bright red building with a glass ceiling makes an eccentric music venue and cultural hub.
Weekdays: 10h30 – 00h00, Weekends: 10h30 – 01h00
Praça do Infante D. Henrique, Porto, Portugal.
41º 08' 29.8" N | 08º 36' 53.6" W
+351 220 101 186
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Located in Cândido dos Reis street amongst Porto's coolest nighttime region Plano B was one of the founding clubs of Porto's club scene. During the day, the ground floor doubles as a coffee house and art gallery, whereas at night, it becomes a lounge bar. The basement contains two dance floors and host to both national and international DJs and live acts.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10h00 – 02h00, Thursday to Saturday: 20h00 – 06h00
30 Rua de Cândido dos Reis, 4050-152 Porto, Portugal. | 41º 08' 51.2" N | 08º 36' 49.8" W
+351 222 012 500 |