Lisbon is a city full of art and culture; and that leads to the question – Where to see live music in Lisbon? Whether you are looking for traditional fado, jazz, reggae, rock, rap, or samba – you should be able to find something that appeals to you.
Lisbon offers sleek modern spaces as well as charming-old world rooms to enjoy live music. We will look at some of Lisbon’s live music venues in this article.
See live music in Lisbon at Arroz Doce
Rua da Atalia, 119 Bairro Alto
Fábrica Braço de Prata
Rua de Fábrica de Material de Guerra, 1
The Silver Arm Factory formerly produced military weapons and ammunition. Now it is a cool arts center on the northwest side of Lisbon. Your best bet to find it is to take a taxi, Uber, or Bolt.
This has to be the most eclectic music venue in Lisbon. As you approach, you walk through an RV parking lot. There is an outdoor sitting area, a dining area, and a stage. Indoors there is a bookstore, rooms for dances and galleries, and various artists’ workshops.
Fábrica Braço de Prata offers a variety of music – jazz, samba, rock. Check the website to see what is on the agenda:
Fado in Chiado
Rua da Misericórdia, 14
T: 351 961 717 778
Official website: https://www.fadoinchiado.com
From Monday to Saturday, they offer Fado performances featuring male and female voices. The show starts at 7 pm. The 50-minute show costs 20.50€.
This is one of the least expensive options for a Fado show in Lisbon. For further information on fado, see my article Everything you need to know about fado music in Lisbon
Hot Clube of Portugal
Praça de Alegria 48, near the Avenida metro station (blue line)
Opens at 10 pm Tuesday – Saturday. Aim for 10 pm if you want a table.
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.
Official website: https://hcp.pt/
For more music on Jazz in Lisbon, read my article Jazz in Lisbon – Lisbon’s jazz bars and jazz festivals
Live music at Jam Club
Travessa Inglesinhos, 49 in Bairro Alto
Live music every night. Lots of people say that it is one of the most fun spots in Lisbon and that it is a great place to meet people. This is largely due to the owner – João.
Jardim da Amália
Rua São Bento, 193
Every Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 PM there is a Fado show in the garden at Fundação Amália Rodrigues.
T: 315 213 971 896
Travessa dos Remolares, 25 in Cais do Sodré.
This small venue does a lot. It is an art gallery and a live music venue. Beers are 2.50€, wine 4€ a glass, and cocktails are 8 or 9€.
Rua da Senhora do Monte, 1C in the Graça neighborhood
This bar and restaurant are highly regarded for their burrata and other healthy offerings. It seems that everyone that eats here is a happy customer.
Jam sessions and acoustic shows are held in the basement. They also have the “Bad Tongue Comedy Night,” and an open mic night as well.
Located on Lisbon’s famous Pink Street. They are open from midnight until 6 AM, with live music acts most days and some DJs thrown in as well. The venue opened in 2006.
Rua Nova de Carvalho, 38
Stylish and beautifully decorated, you will find lots of velvet, mirrors, chandeliers and multiple rooms to explore in this building that formerly housed a brothel in what was once Lisbon’s red light district. Pensão Amor Opened on Pink Street in Cais do Sodré in 2011.
You might see anything here, from a jug and washboard band to a cabaret show, and almost everything in between.
Rua Damasceno Monteiro, 75B
Although the building formerly housed a laundry mat, the decor hints at the nearby Penha Pharmacy. The venue is owned by a musician, and there are multiple live shows representing different genres every day. There is no cover charge.
Cais Gás, 1 Just west of the Cais do Sodré train station.
This music hall in Cais do Sodré offers live music Tuesday through Saturday from 11 PM until 4 AM. The bar opened in 1968 and was remodeled in 2012. Rock is the main genre of music here, but they also have quizomba nights.
Debit and credit cards are not accepted.
Zé dos Boys
Rua da Barroca, 59 in Bairro Alto
ZDBs has been in business for over thirty years. In addition to hosting live music, they have more than 100 art exhibitions per year in the gallery. They have indoor seating as well as a bookstore.
ZDB’s rooftop terrace is open from 6 PM until 2 AM Monday – Thursday. The terrace bar stays open one hour later on Saturday and Sunday.
Live music at Lisbon’s Casa Independente
Largo do Intendente Pina Manique, 45
Official site: PRO_CU•RAR•SE – (casaindependente.com)
Centrally located at Largo do Intendente Square (near the Intendente Station of the metro’s green line), this popular art space has multiple rooms as well as a great outdoor seating area. They offer live music on Friday and Saturday nights until 2 am.
I am not affiliated with any of the businesses mentioned in this article. Thank you for reading “Where to see live music in Lisbon.”