Greetings from Lisbon! In this post we are going to show you the world famous Bairro Alto! But first we are going to see some photos of Lisbon at night from some miradouros, or vistas where you can see large parts of the city from up high. We start in Graça and end up in Bairro Alto and then take a taxi to an afterparty in the ‘burbs. Here we go!
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities I have seen at night. From the winding cobblestone streets of Bairro Alto to the numerous miradouros, Lisbon is quite a sight after nightfall. Lisbon is set atop seven hills, giving the city a varied terrain with scenic vistas all over the city. At night, many of the landmarks that make Lisbon an attraction during the day are lit up for us night owls to enjoy.
One night my roommate Sara “Garlic” took us to have some late night espresso. Suffice it to say I did not sleep that night. Our apartment is somewhat near the Miradouro de Graça, one of the best miradouros in all the city. You have to walk about a half-mile uphill from our apartment to get there, but it’s worth it. There’s a cafe and a cathedral there too!
This is a popular late night hangout for locals in this area. I guess having a cafe and an amazing view next to a cathedral is a good way to get kids to go to church.
I snapped this shot from the miradouro. Here you can see the shopping area and park called Martim Moniz. This area is quite sketchy, especially at night. There are two subway stops that are considered “the most dangerous” part of Lisbon. They are Martim Moniz (depicted above) and Intendente. It’s probably not a good idea to walk through these places at night. They are pretty from afar though!
This brings us to the famous (or infamous) Bairro Alto Here is where locals and tourists alike gather at night to get their drink on.
This picture was taken at one of the entrance streets to Bairro Alto. It gets much more crowded on the inside streets. There is all manner of drunkenness going on here. Despite the numerous bars and watering holes, many of the establishments serve the exact same drinks at the same price, give or take one Euro. You would think that some enterprising entrepreneur would open a Wet Willies or something here to mix it up a little bit.
Here is a video of a bartender mixing super strong caipirinhas in Bairro Alto:
Make sure you watch it all the way to the end for Sara’s opinion of how Bairro Alto compares to Miami Beach.
Here is a cool mural depicting the Carnation Revolution in Bairro Alto.
Sweet and sour and oh so strong! Cachaça is your friend.
“Cheers!” in Portugal is “A Nossa!”
After drinking a super strong Caipirinhas in the Bairro Alto we piled into a taxi and tried to find another venue that was still open. So I busted out my trusty iPhone and went to www.venuefinder.com to find us the next place to visit. In the end, we decided to just go to a friends house in the suburbs of Lisbon and party there.
This picture was taken right before Andre gave Bebiana a lapdance. It was pretty funny.
Tonight was José’s last night in Lisbon before going off to Australia. See you around! Wow. Lisbon at night is pretty amazing. From the stunning night time view from miradouros to the Bairro Alto, to late night wine bottle slaying in the ‘burbs, this has been incredibly fun! Thanks once again for reading and please comment! I want to hear from you.