A useful guide to the best bars and hangouts in Porto.
Porto is Portugal’s second biggest city, so if you want to go out, there’s plenty of things to do. There are bars and nightclubs for everyone, whatever your style is, and we summed up some of the best places to go if you want to have a good time with your friends or alone with a cocktail.
If you want a bar to listen to rock music, Pherrugem is right for you. Once there was a space where you could dance and the atmosphere was heavier. Now the brand image of the house – rock – remains present, but in a different register.
In addition to a lounge area where you can drink a beautiful craft beer or a cocktail with friends while having fun on game machines, Pherrugem also offers you a menu full of snacks: nachos, francesinhas or the typical cheese and sausage boards.
Where? Rua das Oliveiras 83, 4050-448 Porto
When? Wednesday to Monday, 4 pm to 2 am (Sundays until 1 am)
How much? 10€ (4 beers + 4 tapas)
Capela Incomum 2
You will certainly be amazed at the originality of the decor of this wine bar. Located in an old Porto chapel, the decor remains and delights tourists and locals who like to get away from the crowds. The menu is extensive, and outside of it are still the suggestions, which usually vary. To whet your appetite, we can say a few: cheese boards, roasted sausage and different qualities of wine, which are accompanied by a taste guide that helps in tasting and tells their story.
This chapel maintains the ancient altar and stained glass windows, which give it an original atmosphere. On the first floor is possible to relax, talk with friends and listen to good music – jazz, fado times, blues, etc.
Where? Travessa do Carregal 77, 4050-167 Porto
When? Monday to Saturday, 4 pm to 1 am (Fridays until 2 am)
How much? 7€ (Glass of wine + Garlic bread)
17th Bar 3
On the 17th floor of Hotel Dom Henrique, you can eat some traditional Portuguese cuisine while enjoying one of the best views of Porto. If you want to show up later, you can hang out with friends and enjoy a nice evening while sipping a cocktail or eating snacks.
Where? Rua Guedes de Azevedo 179, 4049-009 Porto
When? Every day from 12 pm to 2 am
How much? 10€ (Hot dog + Beer)
Guindalense Futebol Clube 4
Guindalense is one of the bars that best shows the genuine spirit of the city of Porto. In this bar, you will not find a list of fancy wines nor snacks whose name you don’t know how to pronounce. Here, the beer is drunk directly from the bottle, but if you insist too much, maybe they give you a glass.
Guindalense Futebol Clube has one of the best views of the city and, at the time of São João, it is necessary to reserve a table 3 months in advance to watch the fireworks show and eat the typical grilled sardines.
Where? Escada dos Guindais, 4000-279 Porto
When? Monday to Saturday, 1:30 pm to 11 pm
How much? 10€ (Francesinha + Port Wine)
Bonaparte Foz 5
Bonaparte is an old-time pub, which has been in Porto for many years. Frequented both by tourists and locals, the atmosphere that is presented just at the arrival takes us back to another century. If it is the first time, you will not know if you are entering a bar or a museum, but you soon will be clear when you notice the beer and snacks that are being passed on the staff tray.
In addition to the varied choice of craft beers, the cocktails of Bonaparte are also quite famous, especially the Mojito. To eat, there is the classic: sandwiches, tables, and sandwiches. Whenever you order a beer, this will be accompanied by some delicious salty popcorn or a hand full of fried corn.
Where? Av. Do Brasil 130, 4150-151 Foz do Ouro, Porto
When? Every day from 5 pm to 2 am (Fridays and Saturdays until 3 am)
How much? 7€ (Beer + Toast)
Right next to Avenida dos Aliados you will find one of Porto’s pubs directed to locals. Of course, if you are a tourist, you can (and should) go there, but the menu will have few Portuguese products since the main concept of the bar is to allow the Portuguese to travel without leaving Porto.
Among Czech beer, Russian vodka, and a very Mexican tequila, Arca has a menu of Portuguese wines and, of course, Port wine. And because you should not drink without eating, to tuck your stomach, they offer you snacks from all over the world, from nachos to roasted sausage. If you are still hungry and a small dish is not enough, for a further 1€ you can eat a larger one.
Where? Rua do General Silveira 23A, 4050-588 Porto
When? Every day from 12 pm to 2 am
How much? 4€ (Glass of sangria)
The concept of Hoptrip is essentially about craft beer. The difference is that here you can find great beer of Portuguese origin, as is the case of beers produced in the city of Porto (Criadera Bae and Adamanteia da Colossus). Snacks are also usual, with the famous sausage boards and hot dogs.
The big difference between this and other traditional pubs, in addition to the huge variety of products, is the presence of a lovely employee: Spuma, the dog of the owners, who insisted to sell a beer to her four-legged friends.
Where? Rua Heróis de França 617, 4450-159 Matosinhos
When? Tuesday to Sunday, 4 pm to 12 am
How much? 5€ (Sandwich + Beer)
For beer lovers, the name of this bar does not fool anyone. If you are in town while your National Team is playing, you can take advantage of the Bierhaus to take a look at the matches, since television is almost always on SporTV. To watch the game and tuck the stomach, you can order the famous marinades and eat them with a glass of beer. Or three.
Where? Rua de Cândido dos Reis 85, Porto
When? Every day from 7 pm to 2 am (Fridays and Saturdays until 4 am)
How much? 7€ (Bruschetta + Beer)
Clube Porto Rugby 9
This sports bar is literally in a basement of Porto, but you’re wrong if you think the place is ugly. On the walls of this Rugby Club you will find countless images of the history of sports, plus five televisions and a giant screen where you can see the games of your team live.
For those of you who do not like to be seated: you can have a good time playing billiards, beer pong or, if you’re lucky enough to be on a quiz day, show off your knowledge. To enliven the memory ask for some appetizers and a beer. Between the seafood and burgers, you can’t miss the cold beer to relax.
Where? R. de Passos Manuel 40, 4000-381 Porto
When? Tuesday to Saturday, 7 pm to 2 am (Fridays and Saturdays until 3 am)
How much? 6€ (Tonic Gin)
Daikiri Bar 10
Daikiri is famous for its delicious sangria, but the remaining drinks are not far behind. Situated right on top of Praia da Madalena, it is the ideal place to relax and smell the sea. For snacks, the offer is varied: you can order a pizza, a wrap, salads, sandwiches, pancakes or a healthy açaí cup. In summer, it is common to find the terrace full, but if you are lucky – or patience – you will surely find the ideal place to relax, talk or even study.
Where? Rua do Mar, 4405-760 Madalena
When? Every day from 10 am to 12 am (Fridays and Saturdays until 2 am)
How much? 15 € (Sangria Jar)