A good place to start a night in Bairro Alto, one of Europe’s hottest an cheapest nigthspots, is Portas Largas, Rua da Atalaia 105, as it opens his doors early, at about 17:00 already. The official name means ‘Wide Doors’, but this place is also known as ‘Record’ because it’s in the same building as the newspaper with this name. Everyone gets a warm welcome, especially the gay crowd. Unfortunately nowadays many dealers are hanging around offering you hasj or coke outside on the street.
Portas Largas, March 2009.
Lisbon Gay Guide – Overview of gay clubs, discos and parties with address and maps.
Picture: Rene van Gijn
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June 2009, Rua da Atalaia
Whether you’re gay or straight: you’ re welcome! Portas Largas is an extremely popular bar with a friendly crew. People from all over the world meet here drinking Caipirinha’s , (€4) coctails or beer (€3 ), served in plastic cups to make it easier carrying for drinking in the street.
Inside the bar on a Saturday night in April. The ambiance is laid back and relaxed.
Portas Largas is a distinguished place in Bairro Alto. On Saturdays they have live (and good) music and the rest of the week there’s a DJ.
The building is a converted old Portuguse tasca (tavern), with many original details like the azulejos (Portuguese tiles) on the walls.
Portas Largas, Rua Atalaia 105, Lisbon. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 20:00 – 02:00; Sundays 21:00 – 02:00
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