Rua Nova do Carvalho, now nicknamed “Pink Street” – used to be a lane for streetwalkers and sailors?
Yes, the now famous lane used to be a center for brothels, gambling houses, and dodgy bars where sailors would come to hang out and mingle.
The lane officially adopted the nickname “Pink Street” in 2013 after an Urban Renewal project painted the pavement between bars, restaurants, and terraces in pink.
The hot pedestrian lane has now transformed into an iconic symbol for Instagram shots and nightlife fun.
Today, Pink Street is one of the best destinations for delighting in Lisbon nightlife and even open-art photo shoots. The New York Times ranked Rua Nova do Carvalho among the top 12 favorite streets in Europe. The Street now hosts unique, colored bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.
Some of the Best Bars in Lisbon to Check Out
What used to be a Red Light District is now one of the centers of nightlife in Lisbon. If you’re yearning to get a kick of Lisbon nightlife, swing by Pink Street for a big time. Many bar-goers start out in Bairro Alto and work their way downhill to Rua Cor de Rosa, literally “Pink Street.”
Here are some of the best bars and cocktail lounges you can check out when on Rua Nova do Carvalho.
Located at the far end of Pink Street, on the left side of the bridge – Pensão Amor has a bit of a cabaret vibe. The name Pensão translates to “pension of love” – the hot spot used to be a brothel where sailors would pop by to be entertained.
While the bar has retained its original nickname, its interior has been completely remodeled but still features the vintage exotic theme. Its interior includes a seductive, intimate atmosphere – large mirrors, vintage art galleries, velvet chairs, and big, bright chandeliers. It’s not unusual to find strippers pole dancing here.
Being one of the trendiest joints along Pink Street, expect to pay top dollar for drinks – €16 on average for a drink.
But it’s worth the amusement and a fine alternative to Bairro Alto. Plus, you sample music from a variety of DJs. The only downside is that the place can be fully packed on most nights.
Opening hours: 2 pm – 4 am
Address: Rua do Alecrim, 19
Sol e Pesca
Sol e Pesca is a small, quirky bar that’s popular for serving the most delicious sardines in town. The atmosphere here is cheerful, attracting tourists from all around Europe.
The name Sol e Pesca translates to “Sun and fishing.” That’s the vibe you get inside as the space features a fishing theme décor. It’s adorned with fishing equipment and the walls feature a display of appealing tins and packages.
The interior décor complements well with the variety of canned sardines they serve. It’s the only joint in Rua Nova Do Carvalho that serves canned seafood. At Sol e Pesca, you can delight in appetizing sardine recipes and gourmet quality cocktails. Even if you’re not from Portugal, you’ll love the relaxing atmosphere at Sol e Pesca.
The lounge’s cozy, cheerful ambiance attracts mostly a young crowd but you can also find people who are in their late 30s and 40s. The only thing you might not like is the seating that feels a bit uncomfortable but the warm, lively atmosphere and rich-flavored seafood make up for that. Also, it gets a little busy.
Pricing: €11- €20
Opening hours: 12 pm-2 am.
Address: Rua Nova do Carvalho, 44
On nights the atmosphere at Sol e Pesca isn’t for you, you can pop into the Musicbox for a delicious fino sherry and experience the rhythm of the night.
At Music Box, you can dance to electric live performances of jazz, rock, or afro-beat as you sip a cold beer or cocktail. Apart from live musical performances, they also host DJ sets. With a dance floor and live band stage, Musicbox is a nightclub, bar, and cocktail lounge all at the same time.
The vibe here is different from Sol e Pesca. It’s more of a lively, energetic, yet relaxing atmosphere. You get to meet folks from all walks of life gathered for a soulful night.
The spot definitely has great sound quality.
On most nights, there is a crowd and you might have to wait in line. Luckily, they close at 6 am – you can drop by as late as 2 am in the morning.
Pricing: €10 on average.
Opening hours: 11 pm-6 am (Monday to Saturday).
Address: Rua Nova do Carvalho, 24
Espumantaria do Cais
Espumantaria do Cais is another bar along Pink Street where you can have fun exploring Lisbon’s nightlife. Located at the heart of Rua Nova do Carvalho (Rua Cor de Rosa), Espumantaria do Cais serves the best selection of Portuguese wines, champagnes, and cocktails. For more information on Lisbon’s wine bars, read my A quick guide to wine bars, wine tours, and wine tastings in Lisbon
Espumantaria do Cais is not only a wine bar but also a dining restaurant where you can savor Portuguese cuisine. Inside the bar, the warm, gentle lighting creates a tranquil yet energetic atmosphere.
Drinks are not overpriced, but you can expect to pay a decent amount for wine/champagne. A shot goes for €5. You can pay €20 per drink (double drink).
You’ll love the service. Lately, the place has been praised for having a nice, friendly staff.
On some nights it can get crowded but the vibe in this small bar compensates for that. It’s usually busy late at night, from 12 am till dawn but mostly from Thursday through Sun. Some nights they have wine-tasting events.
Address: R. Nova do Carvalho, 39
4 Caravelas Cocktail Bar
4 Caravelas is best known for serving sensational cocktails along Pink Street. Here, you can enjoy cocktails mixed to perfection while relaxing in a laid-back spot.
The owners are a young couple and they are mixologists. You can enjoy a variety of best-tasting drinks and cocktails – like gin, martinis, and Daiquiris.
The setting is quieter, brighter, and roomier, creating a charming, relaxing mood. The hanging bright pendant lights and wooden chairs create a warm, casual vibe. If you want to get the best of Lisbon’s nightlife, this cocktail bar is a fine spot to relax the night away and have a great time.
You’ll find the staff warm and chatty. They’ll treat you to a hearty welcome, and even offer to help you choose the menu selection. And even the owners have a warm vibe – the couple interacts with customers mixing all sorts of cocktails in between. You can expect to spend €9 – €24 on drinks.
Opening hours: 8 pm – 2 am (Monday to Saturday).
Address: R. Nova do Carvalho 73 75, Lisbon
Livraria Bar Menina e Moca
This popular spot is a serious bookstore and a comfortable bar. The terrace in front is always full.
They have a Jazz jam session on Sundays. For more information on Jazz in Lisbon, read my Jazz in Lisbon – Lisbon’s jazz bars and jazz festivals
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 3 pm – 2 am. Friday and Saturday 4 pm – 3 am.
Address: Rua Nova do Carvalho, 40-42
Pink Wine Point
Pink Wine Point is another cocktail lounge where you can grab the best selection of Portuguese wine and cuisine on Pink Street. Situated under a bridge, this welcoming bar is a good choice to experience the thrill of Lisbon nightlife.
It’s calmer than the Musicbox with a cozy, friendly atmosphere. The lounge’s interior features dim, colorful lightning that brings out a soothing atmosphere. If you sit inside, you can get a chance to watch live games on the big screen. On early evenings, the place can be packed by 7 pm. But they have extra space outside where you can sit under the umbrellas to dine and drink with friends.
It’s the kind of place where you hang out all night long dancing to lively music. They serve wine, cocktails, and Champaign. And if you want to delight in some of their delicacies, they serve fresh, tasty oysters.
The staff is also friendly – you won’t have to complain about bad service. Drinks and food range from €9 – €24.
Opening hours: 6 pm-2 pm throughout the week.
Address: Rua Nova do Carvalho, 29
Tokyo Rock Bar
Tokyo is another hot spot along Pink Street where you can dance to some live music and try out refreshing cocktails. Although the venue is small, it’s well-ventilated. It’s like a mini-disco where you can loosen up for a night of fun.
The space has a warm, relaxing vibe, especially on nights they have live bands or karaoke nights. You can listen to grooves from different bands every night.
On some nights they have a DJ playing sounds from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Check the website for details.
Some nights the bar is brimming with people. But it’s not uncommon to find the place uncongested, especially during early hours.
The bartenders and security team are friendly. Prices average around €10 for drinks, and they also serve food. Like most of the bars on Rua Cor da Rosa (Pink Street), there is plenty of outdoor seating space and the bar can be accessed by a wheelchair.
Opening hours: 11 pm – 4 am (Monday to Saturday).
Address: Rua Nova do Carvalho, 12
Bar Liverpool is a small nightclub where you can grab some drinks and watch Premier League football. Being a small nightclub, the place can feel a bit cramped, especially on full nights. If you have a fear of confined spaces, you might want to try anotherclassic bar.
The bartenders here speak Portuguese. You’ll mostly find locals hanging out here. Many who have been here have given mixed reviews.
There is a 5€ entrance fee. That gets you a coupon for a shot or a beer. Overall, it’s a chill spot to kick it and listen to music if you’re lucky to get in. They play pop, Hip-hop & rap, classic rock music – basically a time-travel experience to the early 80s and 90s.
Opening hours: 5 pm-6 am.
Address: R. Nova Carvalho, 21, 23
Collect Radio Record
If you are looking for a wild night in Lisbon, Collect Radio Record lounge is a must-stop. Being a hybrid of a bar, a record store, and a restaurant, the lounge has a distinctive vibe.
Enjoy a cozy atmosphere accompanied by a chill vibe while you wind down the night. You can enjoy a tasty burger as you browse and listen to a selection of vinyl records played live by a DJ.
Many locals in Lisbon have recommended Collect for the best burgers in town. They serve gourmet and vegetarian burgers, as well as salads, cocktails and beer. Expect to pay between €9 – €25 for food and drinks.
You can even drop by past midnight to eat and vibe with other locals since they close at around 2 am. It’s not spacious, but there is more room upstairs. The music can be loud.
Opening hours: 3 pm – 2 am (Sunday to Saturday)
Address: R. Nova do Carvalho, 60-62
At Roterdão Club you can have a banger of a night and delight in Lisbon nightlife. The lounge is spacious, featuring an upper floor and an underground floor. It’s a cool spot to dance to music and enjoy a few cocktails with friends. Here, you can listen to classic rock, pop, and indie rock. On nights they are open, they play soul-stirring music, on both floors.
Compared to other joints along Pink Street, the prices are reasonable – at par with most nightclubs in Cais do Sodré. You can expect to pay €6-€10 for a cocktail.
With two floors, Roterdão Club rarely gets congested. Inside the atmosphere is lively. The setting is airy and well-ventilated. The staff and the security guards are friendly.
Entry isn’t free on most nights, and you might have to wait up to 30 minutes to get inside. The crowd is mostly above 35 years old – not many people in their 20s kick it here but a few do pop in.
Opening hours:10 pm-4:10 am.
Address: Rua Nova do Carvalho, 28
Bar do Cais
Bar do Cais is another ideal spot to kick it with friends and experience Lisbon nightlife. This bar is spacious – it has a dance floor area and a bar area.
You can enjoy some drinks as you dance to music with a funky groove – pop, rock, reggae, and funk. If you like having your cocktail or beer as you feel the evening’s gentle breeze and enjoy some nice views, you can sit outside.
They open from 10 pm, and their doors close at 4 pm.
Address: R.Nova do Carvalho, 47
Other bars on Pink Street
Europa Pop in here for the best Portuguese cuisine, barbecue, and even vegetarian options. Try tasty foods like sardine, espetada, and fried fish. And they serve a selection of wine.
Bar Oslo known for gourmet cocktails
Menage Strip Club For some adult entertainment, head over to Menage Strip Club. You won’t find this nude club open until 11 pm late-night. The party goes on until 6 a.m in the morning except on Sundays. Entry isn’t free. You pay 20€ -you’ll get one free drink
Where is Pink Street?
On foot from Cais do Sodré metro station (green line) head north up Rua das Flores.
Buses 201, 202, 205, 206, 207, 208, and 210 serve the area at night.
GPS Coordinates: 38.70735777982775, -9.143802770859807
Lodging near Pink Street
Sunset Destination Hostel
A hostel with a rooftop pool overlooking the Tejo River! Say no more.
To book: https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/beach-destination-hostel.en.html?aid=7930224&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2
Lost Inn Lisbon Hostel
Located in a renovated 18th-century building,
A private, air-conditioned room with a double bed and a shared bathroom can be had for $80 per night. They have beds in a 10, 8, or 6-bed mixed dorm for around $23 per night. All-female dorms are also available.
To book: https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/lost-inn-lisbon-hostel.en.html?aid=7930224&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2
Lost Lisbon – Cais House
A well-respected hotel in an excellent location. The hotel offers large rooms with high ceilings. Breakfast is available Some rooms have river views.
To book: https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/lost-lisbon.en.html?aid=7930224&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2
262 Boutique Hotel
Located right on Pink Street at Rua Nova do Carvalho, 15, you will be right in the middle of the action. A cute room with a double queen bed can be had for around $80 a night during high season. See the photos and read the reviews to judge if this is for you: https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/262-authentic-suites.en.html?aid=7930224&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2
What else is near Pink Street?
Praça do Comércio Lisbon’s largest square lies on the river to the east. Read my Praça do Comércio – Everything you need to know
Rua Augusta Arch What is the story behind Lisbon’s Rua Augusta Arch?
Cais do Sodré Metro / Train / Ferry South of Pink Street you will find one of Lisbon’s most important transportation hubs.
TimeOut Market Just west of Pink Street, almost across from the Cais do Sodré is the world-famous TimeOut Market and food hall.
Ascensor da Bica This funicular is located a few blocks west near Largo de São Paulo square, a bit north of the TimeOut Market. Ride the funicular up and down one of Lisbon’s steepest and most beautiful streets. See my Top things to know about the Elevador da Bica
Miradouro de Santa Catarina Viewpoint Once you get off the Ascensor da Bica, go one block west then take a left toward the river. At the end of the street, you will find this great viewpoint for watching the sunset. Ultimate guide to the Miradouro de Santa Catarina viewpoint A few doors down from the viewpoint, you can also find some fantastic rooftop bars.
Praça Luís de Camões Discover Lisbon’s Praça Luís de Camões The largest square in the Chiado neighborhood is to the east of the upper station of the Ascensor da Bica. Bairro Alto is another nightlife hotspot that lies to the north.
Largo do Chiado This smaller square is at the heart of the trendy Chiado neighborhood. Lots of shopping and cafes nearby, as well as the Baixa-Chiado Metro station (blue and green lines)
Bairro Alto Bairro Alto – An overview of Lisbon’s most vibrant neighborhood Scenic viewpoints, great restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and one of Lisbon’s best parks are all in this hillside / hilltop neighborhood north of Pink Street.
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