The big 1990's clubs, which made Lisbon one of Europe’s top nightlife capitals, have been disappearing, but there are still plenty of spots for dancing and fun. Most open only on Fridays and Saturdays (some also on Thursdays), but only at around midnight or as late as 2am. After that, everyone dances until sunrise.
Most clubs are clustered in the Santos and Alcântara districts (on or around Avenida 24 de Julho) and in Cais do Sodré. The clubs in Santos and Alcântara attract younger crowds (college kids), and many focus on Brazilian and African beats. In Cais do Sodré you’ll find all kinds of people and musical styles, from house to rock, as well as live performances.
A survivor of the 90's is Lux, still considered the place to be at night, and ranked one of the top clubs in Europe. That's where everyone wants to stay for the sunrise on the river, but those who can’t make it past the door can always try K Urban Beach, which is literally on the river (see more details below).
Make sure to dress to impress, and avoid going in an all-male group, or the bouncers will not allow you inside. Also note that security at Lisbon’s clubs is notorious for its zero tolerance of excessive drinking and wild behavior.
Club door prices range between 10 and 20 euros, depending on the club and event. If you’re asked an amount much higher than that (usually over 100 euros), you’re being told nicely that you’re not allowed in. If it looks like your group is a stag or hen party, you definitely won’t make it inside.
Cais do Gás/Rua Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, Armazém B (Cais do Sodré)
For years (since 1995), this was a legendary African club in an abandoned palace, which it too had to abandon in 2007. It was reborn in early 2012 in a former warehouse by the river, in a more contemporary space but keeping the same party spirit. Live African music and Cape Verdean rhythms to dance to are the main attractions, but you may also find special poetry nights and activities such as dance lessons.
In addition to the African sounds, the programming includes music from Latin America and one night per month is dedicated to fado.
It opens from Wednesday to Sunday.
Rua de Cintura Porto de Lisboa, 226 (Alcântara)
Photo: Dock's Club
This club is one of the most resistant in the old riverfront warehouses of the Alcântara district, now mixing dance hits with African rhythms, since it has a strong Angolan presence. It's also known for its Tuesday "ladies night," that has survived over the years with great success.
Opens Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Avenida 24 de Julho, 66 (Santos)
This spot has been a club for over two decades, but it's been “Hype” since 2020. It's a destination to dance reggaeton, Brazilian funk and other Latin rhythms. On other nights there’s house music or EDM (electronic dance music), and Erasmus parties.
Rua dos Poiais de São Bento, 37 (São Bento)
Photo: Incognito/Carlos Morais da Silva
If there was an award for the most-appropriately named club in Lisbon, Incognito would get it. Hidden on a residential street just outside Bairro Alto, this club is very easy to miss. There's no sign at the door, and you must ring a bell to be allowed in. Once inside, you'll join a fun-loving crowd grooving to 80s and alternative sounds just as they have for over two decades. The dancefloor is small, but that's not a problem when you sing and dance to your favorite hits. For a break, there's a small area with couches, where you can drink, relax, and chat with friends. You'll be glad you've found a Lisbon secret that everyone actually knows about.
K Urban Beach
Avenida Brasilia/Cais da Viscondessa/Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa (Santos)
Photo: K Urban Beach
It opens at 8pm as a dining destination, thanks to its two restaurants (one for sushi, another for meat), and at around midnight it turns into a bar and club partying until 6am. It's found next to the Kais restaurant, which belongs to the same group, and is the perfect destination for a cocktail on the waterfront, often to the sound of national and international DJs. The sand and the location make this as close as you get to the beach in the center of the city.
It opens from Wednesday to Saturday (usually also on Tuesdays and Sundays during the summer), and is the favorite of college kids.
Rua Escadinhas da Praia, 5/Avenida 24 de Julho (Santos)
It opened in 1988 and became Lisbon’s legendary club in the 1990s, even ranking among Europe’s best in "DJ" magazine. It closed in 2011, but a group of investors brought it back in 2016. The space, which is part of a former convent, has kept the old stone arches, but changed the décor. It remains a dance music destination, but only on Friday and Saturday nights, until 6am.
Lust in Rio
Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, 255 (Cais do Sodré)
Photo: Lust in Rio
A popular waterfront café became this bar and open-air club that was originally located in Praça do Comércio. Open throughout the week in the summer (until 6am on weekends), it’s a spot for theme parties and nights of dancing to the sound of different DJs. The atmosphere is always relaxed, and it's one of Lisbon's trendiest addresses.
Lux - Frágil
Avenida Infante Dom Henrique (Alfama)
Photo: Lux - Frágil
The undisputed king of all Lisbon clubs, this is also a bar and concert venue that hosts the city's hottest nights since 1998. It features an always-fabulous interior, a spectacular rooftop terrace overlooking the river, special theme parties, and simply the best DJs in town (often including internationally renowned names).
You'll always find long lines at the door every weekend night, and not everyone is lucky to make it inside.
Praça do Comércio (Baixa)
Photo: Ministerium Club
On Saturdays, this club presents a lineup of electronic music (house and techno) by cutting-edge local and international DJs. It's found in a wing of Comércio Square dating from the 1700s, with a well-lit vaulted ceiling and pieces by Portuguese artists on the walls.
On a mezzanine are tables, sofas and chairs, for conversation and drinks.
Avenida 24 de Julho, 68 (Santos)
Famous 1990s club Kapital was renamed Main in the new millennium and in 2017 it became Mome. Split into two floors (a bar with space for dancing upstairs, and the dance floor downstairs), it’s decorated with a “The Spirit of Ecstasy” sculpture, the symbol of Rolls Royce. The music varies between international and Brazilian dance music.
It opens from Wednesday to Sunday, at 11pm.
Rua Nova do Carvalho, 24 (Cais do Sodré)
Live concerts and DJs have turned this eclectic club in the shabby-chic Cais do Sodré neighborhood into one of Lisbon's most popular addresses at night. It offers a calendar rich in jazz, rock and house, much enjoyed by a very diverse crowd.
Escadinhas da Praia, 7 (Santos)
This long-time favorite still gets packed on Friday and Saturday nights, when a fun-loving crowd gets together for a night of 80s and pop-rock hits on the dancefloor. The weekday "Ladies Night" also remains popular.
It opens on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 11:45pm to 6am.
Travessa Conde da Ponte, 12 (Alcântara)
Created by an internet radio station, this is a club that promotes electronic music every Friday and Saturday night. It's found close to the river in the Alcântara district, just steps from 25 de Abril Bridge, and features a décor in soft colors, mostly blue and purple.
Good DJs make sure the space is always upbeat, and for those who prefer to stay off the dance floor there are sofas and armchairs, plus a bar offering cocktails and gins.
Praça D. Luís I (Cais do Sodré)
Photo: Rive Rouge
In 2016, the owners of the Lux club opened another nightlife destination, this time inside the Ribeira Market. The all-red space opens from Wednesday to Sunday, at 10pm, for after-dinner drinks (the classics and signature cocktails) and for dancing until 4am.
Rua Nova do Carvalho, 28-30 (Cais do Sodré)
Photo: Roterdão Club
This is one of the classic spots in Cais do Sodré, always keeping the original name despite the different changes in management, and preserving the old neon signs at the door.
Known as a club for alternative sounds (from indie to 80s), it’s now also a stage for concerts and even for short theater performances.