Jazz in Lisbon – Lisbon’s jazz bars and jazz festivals

Updated 8/21/22. Where to hear jazz in Lisbon, Portugal? Lisbon has a couple of jazz festivals and a handful of venues that only promote jazz. Other venues offer jazz amid a variety of types of music.

As many of you will be in town during the summer, I encourage anyone visiting Lisbon to try to catch one of the festivals mentioned at the end of this article.

Hot Clube de Portugal

Praça de Alegria 48, near the Avenida metro station (blue line)

Opens at 10 pm Tuesday – Saturday

Open since 1948, this is one of the oldest jazz clubs in Europe.

Considered by DownBeat Magazine to be one of the best 100 jazz clubs in the world.

They’ve hosted a variety of musicians from all over the world and have jazz Tuesday through Saturday. 

The first set usually starts at 10:30 and the second set starts around midnight.

They hold jam sessions on Tuesday nights.

Hot Club of Portugal (hcp.pt)

Lisbon jazz club Hot Clube packed for an early show on a Friday night after Covid
Hot Clube packed for an early show on a Friday night after Covid

Páginas Tantas (So Many Pages)

Rua do Diário de Noticias 85,  Bairro Alto

This small venue fills up early. 

They usually have trios performing from Tuesday to Sunday. 

Reasonable prices for both food and drinks. Cash only. 

Four blocks south of Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.  

https://www.facebook.com/P%C3%A1ginas-Tantas-Jazz-Bar-226889950738235/

 

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Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZDB)

Rua da Barroca 59, Bairro Alto

This gallery was founded in 1994 as a nonprofit with the aim of promoting visual and performing arts. 

They put on approximately 150 exhibitions or concerts per year.

Make sure you check their website to see who is playing.

ZDB is not exclusively a jazz venue.

https://zedosbois.org/en/

Desterro

Calçada do Desterro 7

Near Intendente metro station (green line)

Door open at 8 pm

This is a local non-profit with a mission of promoting the arts. You might catch jazz here. Check their website.

http://Desterro – Home | Facebook

Artis Wine Bar

Interior of O Artis Wine Bar
Artis wine bar

Rua do Diário de Noticias 95, Bairro Alto

Every day 3 pm – 11 pm

They serve wines from all over the country, by the bottle or the glass, accompanied by petiscos and jazz.

http://Artis Wine Bar – Home | Facebook

Palheta

Travessa da R. Ribeira Nova 30, Cais do Sodre

Every day 6 pm – 2 am

Jazz on Monday nights.

http://Palheta – Home | Facebook

Avenew

Rua Joaquim de Aguiar 45A

Two blocks from Marquês de Pombal metro station (blue line, yellow line)

6pm – midnight

Happy Hour Tuesdays 6 pm – 8 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 6 pm – 7 pm, Buy one drink, get one free

Live Jazz usually starts at 7 pm.

Two blocks from Marqueê de Pombal metro station.

Book a table on their website.

AVENEW – Lounge * Bar * Music – Jazz – Cocktails – Restaurant – Lisbon

Alface Hall Hostel and Bar

Rua do Norte 96, Bairro Alto

4pm – midnight

This building was formerly a print shop.  Now it is both a popular hostel and a popular bar / cafe. 

Prior to covid, they had lots of jazz among the nightly live music offerings. 

At the moment, they are only having DJs and no live music.

HOME | Alface Hostel & Bar

Alface Hall Bar, Barrio Alto, Lisbon
Alface Hall Bar
Alface Hall Interior, Barrio Alto, Lisbon
Alface Hall interior

Fábrica Braço de Prata

Rua Fábrica de Material de Guerra, 1. 

Braço de Prata Train Station, CP, Sintra Line) Halfway to Parque das Nações

Until 9pm you can take bus 782 from Cais do Sodré or Praça do Comércio to Fábrica Braço de Prata

Wed-Fri 6 pm-2 am; Sat 1 pm-4 am.

A large locals’ spot with a variety of offerings. Check the website to see if they have jazz. It could be indie rock or world music.

Outdoor dining at Fábrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon
Diners on the terrace at Fábrica Braço de Prata wait for the music to start

“This is the most unlikely cultural center of the city of Lisbon. Anything can happen around here. The FBP is a half-abandoned building, a vestige of the place of the administration of the former war material factory. Its 20 mutant rooms are both concert halls and art galleries. [You can find] curiosities, offices, or a movie theater, [maybe a] fine arts workshop or goldsmith’s workshop. We have a store of used clothes and other things to wear. Dining rooms, bar, or a huge bookstore.”

http://Home | Silver Arm Factory (bracodeprata.com)

Cultural display at Lisbon's Fabrica Fábrica Braço de Prata
One of the libraries inside Lisbon's Fábrica Braço de Prata
Fábrica Braço de Prata, one of Lisbon's most colorful music venues and cultural centers

Foxtrot

Travessa Santa Teresa 28, due west from the Ascensor da Glória.  Near the Assembleia Nacional.

Foxtrot has been around for more than 40 years. 

The interior is dark wood paneling, large mirrors, sofas, quirky artwork, and a fireplace for when it turns cold.  If it’s nice out, they also have garden seating. 

The bar is known for both its food and its cocktails. Steaks are on the menu.   No cover charge.

Popular with locals and also a Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice.

Mon-Thu 6pm-2am; Fri-Sat 6pm-3am; Sun 8pm-2am.  Valet parking available.

Check the website to see what kind of live music they are having. Not exclusively jazz.

Bar in Lisbon – Froxtrot (barfoxtrot.pt)

Cascais Jazz Club

Cascais Jazz Club     

 Largo Cidade de Vitória 36, Cascais

Closed Monday – Wednesday

Thursday – Saturday 9 pm – 1 am

Sunday 9 pm – 10 pm

First, Cascais is a beach resort about 25 minutes from Lisbon.

You can easily get there by train from the Cais do Sodré station for less than 3 euros, but depending on how late you stay in Cascais, you may need to Uber back to Lisbon. The last train leaves Cascais at 1:30 am.

Owner Maria Viana describes her venue by saying, “Being a non-profit jazz association, we have a duty to keep the bar as small as possible. We ARE NOT a bar… we are a music house with a small bar on the side.” And the performance area is actually separated from the bar by a glass partition in order to keep chatter to a minimum.

As everyone knows, in a real jazz hall, it is not polite to talk while the musicians play.

Some clubs do not allow you to have your phone out during the performance either.

In theory, the audience is there for the music.

Trip Advisor rates the Cascais Jazz Club as the number one thing to do at night in Cascais.

CASCAIS JAZZ CLUB – Home | Facebook

Cascais EDP Jazz Festival

This 50 year-old festival will be returning in July, 2022. It promises to once again be a showcase for the biggest names in jazz.

EDPCOOLJAZZ – 17ª EDITION – CASCAIS

Lisbon Out Jazz

Between May and September, there is a free jazz concert every Sunday in one of Lisbon’s parks. The concert rotates from park to park. See website for details.

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Jazz em Agosto

Jazz in August – a contemporary jazz festival sponsored by the Gulbenkian Foundation and held at their amphitheater during the first two weeks of August.

The festival has been going strong for more than thirty years.

Tickets can be purchased at:

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Main Building
Av. de Berna, 45-A

Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10:00 – 6:00 pm, Sundays and Holidays (only on concert days) 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Jazz em Agosto (gulbenkian.pt)

Map of jazz bars in Lisbon and Cascais

Conclusion

If I had my heart set on jazz while in Lisbon, my first stop would be Hot Clube.

But I wouldn’t hesitate to check out the other venues on this list, after checking their websites to see what they are offering.

And I would make it a priority to get to one of the summer jazz festivals.

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