The streets of Lisbon fill up after 10pm during the Summer Season making it easy to strike up a conversation with those famously hot Lisbon locals!
The Gay Districts
You may find it hard to put your finger on the city’s pulse, at first, because Lisbon’s pleasures are more clandestine than those of other world capitals.
The two main gay areas are the Barrio Alto and Príncipe Real. Barrio Alto is more mixed, touristy and popular for outside drinking amongst lots of people. Príncipe Real is where you will find the real gay heart of Lisbon and the busiest gay bars.
Bairro Alto. Meaning the “high quarter,” its undulating cobble streets became synonymous with nightlife in the mid-1800s, when Lisbon’s indigenous music style, fado, gained popularity among the area’s working-class inhabitants.
Like every lover of the nightlife, Bairro Alto is a late riser. Many of its shops don’t open until 2 P.M. during the week, and as late as 5 P.M. on Saturdays. For the rest of the day they lurk silently behind graffiti-covered grilles, like hung-over party boys who can’t face daylight without sunglasses.
After sunset, Bairro Alto gains a new vitality. Shop lights illuminate the neighborhood like lanterns, patrons of the numerous small bars naturally overflow onto the narrow streets, and groups of friends hover outside restaurant doors as they check out menu options. Most of the gay bars here are located on the popular gay street Rua Barroca. Etilico Bar is one of the more popular gay bars in the Barrio with go go boys, theme nights and talent shows. Setimo Ceu has great cocktails including mojitos, caipirinhas and caipiroskas.
When the boisterous Bairro Alto scene begins to subside, gay guys head to the adjacent Príncipe Real neighborhood, where the second tier of gay venues awaits.
Guys looking for some action should check out the naked parties in Bar Cru or go for drinks and cruise at Woof X. Those still not satisfied should head to The Cock for after hours fun or the sauna at Trombeta Bath. Entrance costs 14€ and 9€ for students
The bear scene in Lisbon is quite famous. The men are hot, hunky and hairy and Lisbon Bear Pride has become one of the must-do bear events in Europe. Bar Tr3s is the largest bear bar in Lisbon. Tr3s opens early every day (4pm), has a great outside seating area and it is the ideal bar to meet local guys. Nearby, Woof LX, gets busy from 11pm onwards during weekends.
Late night clubbers are spoilt for choice as Lisbon is a city that likes to party late! Go to construction for house music and built guys. Trumps is popular with younger guys and has rooms for pop and house. Trumps is open Fridays, Saturdays and any night before a bank holiday from 11:45pm until 6am. Finalmente is famous for its crazy dragshows while Lux is perhaps the best nightclub in town in terms of service and sound, but can be quite mixed. Finalmente is open every day starting at 12:30am until 6am with shows starting at 3am
Check the local bars for info on special one off events and parties. Regular visitors include the famous We Circuit Party and The Conga club which take place monthly during the Summer Season.