BAIXA BARRua Candido dos Reis, 52
Tel: 222 015 855
Perfect for drinking and chatting downtown together with some dancing, this bar opens late in the afternoon just before dinner time and only closes late at night (at 4AM on weekends). On warmer nights there's also space to sit outside. The atmosphere is of relaxed fun, with the music concentrating mostly on pop and rock hits.
BREYNER 85Rua do Breyner, 85
Tel: 226 109 760
An old townhouse has been fabulously transformed into one of the city's coolest bars dedicated to music. Concerts and exhibitions are presented in a space that blends retro/classic and contemporary design, while the musical styles range from jazz to rock.
CAFÉ AU LAITRua Galeria de Paris, 46
This former textile warehouse is a meeting place for coffee, tea or a healthy light meal during the day, but at night it's a fun bar with a cool soundtrack of jazz, blues, soul and pop. Order a glass of wine and relax.
CASA DO LIVRORua Galeria de Paris, 85
Found on the hippest nightlife street, this attractive bar invites you to stay for conversation, a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or even to read as you listen to jazz or the piano. It has a baroque-style décor which includes lots of books making it look like you're in someone's private library. In fact, this used to be a bookstore.
DICK'S BARRua do Choupeiro
The name is a tribute to Dick Yeatment, one of the all-time greatest Port producers. Naturally, you'll be able to sample the city's famous wine, and relax with cocktails in the ambience of a private club. It's found in the Yeatman Hotel, and the varieties of Port include vintages which you may order by the bottle or glass. It may all be accompanied by light dishes and snacks.
ERA UMA VEZ NO PORTO...Rua das Carmelitas, 162
Tel: 222 022 240
Once upon a time in Oporto... that's the name of this bar/tea house just steps from the famous Lello & Irmão bookshop. It's found on a first floor (2nd floor if you're American) and has views of Clerigos Tower from the balcony. Furnished with 1950s pieces, it has an edgy vibe and the sound of indie rock or DJs.
HARD CLUBPraça do Infante, 95 (Mercado Ferreira Borges)
This bar/music club is found in a former market that's been completely and tastefully renovated. It's open throughout the day, serving drinks and light meals. Friday and Saturday nights extend into 4AM for live concerts and other events.
HOT FIVELargo do Actor Dias, 51
Tel: 967 543 980
This jazz-and-blues bar is for real music fans. Before or after concerts it's possible to relax with a drink and snacks, always with a cool soundtrack. The busiest nights are Wednesdays for the jam sessions.
LABIRINTHORua Nossa Senhora de Fatima, 334
Phone: 22 606 3665
This is both a bar and an art gallery. Progressive sounds mix with works by local artists providing an attractive and welcoming environment. There is also a small cafe-bar area where the mixed clientele (various ages, straight, gay, whatever) chats and drinks.
MAUS HABITOSRua Passos Manuel, 178
22 208 7268
This "alternative space" is essentially a bar in an old building where local artists gather for various events related to literature, theater, and fine arts. It is a very informal place, with just some old sofas and chairs scattered around. During the day it serves vegetarian lunches.
O MEU MERCEDES É MAIOR QUE O TEURua da Lada, 30
My Mercedes is bigger than yours. That's what the name of this almost-2-decades-old bar means (don't ask). It is divided into two floors and plays mostly rock music, often featuring live bands. International names such as Massive Attack, the Pixies, Placebo, and Radiohead have performed here before they went on to sell out larger venues. The upper floor is for drinks and the ground floor is for the concerts.
PASSOS MANUELRua Passos Manuel, 137
Tel: 222 034 121
Live bands and DJs draw large crowds to this bar in an old movie theater of the same name. The décor mixes the contemporary with the original Art Deco, and the programming is always alternative, including theater performances.
SOLAR DO VINHO DO PORTORua de Entre Quintas, 220, Quinta da Maceirinha, Jardim do Palacio de Cristal
If you're a fan of port wine (and didn't have enough at a port wine warehouse during the day), this is the place to go. It has a sophisticated and romantic ambience and there are different types of brands of port to try. You may also buy vintages by the bottle. It is located by the Crystal Palace Gardens, and there is a superb panoramic view over the Douro.
TRIBECARua 31 de Janeiro, 147
Tel: 222 014 406
It has the name of a New York neighborhood, and by its décor alone it would have been a trendy space even in the fickle Big Apple. It's divided into restaurant, café and jazz club, with the live music being the main attraction.
TWIN'SRua Candido dos Reis, 12
Sophisticated cocktail bar and restaurant downtown, in a former fabrics warehouse. It's tastefully decorated by designer Paulo Lobo with contemporary design, and there's a variety of musical sounds depending on the day of the week.
TRIPLEXAvenida da Boavista, 911
There are three floors but the name "triplex" refers to the combination of esplanade-bar-restaurant of the space in this 19th century villa. It often hosts theme parties and plays various music styles. The restaurant is a little more formal, decorated with crystal chandeliers and offering refined dishes. It serves until midnight, and the bars come to life only after 10PM and continue until at least 4AM (often 7AM on weekends).
ZENITH LOUNGERua de Serralves, 124
Found on the rooftop of the HF Ipanema Park Hotel (on the 15th floor), this poolside lounge has a fantastic view of the city and river. Cocktails are served to the sound of a DJ throughout the warmer months (from June to October), and although it's mostly a nighttime destination (usually opens at 10PM), it sometimes hosts sunset parties.