Lisbon’s famous nightlife: Bar Portas Largas Bairro Alto & gay crowd

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.

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Portas Largas, March 2009. 

Lisbon Gay Guide  – Overview of gay clubs, discos and parties with address and maps.

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 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.

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Inside the bar on a Saturday night in April. The ambiance is laid back and relaxed.

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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.

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The building is a converted old Portuguse tasca (tavern), with many original details like the azulejos (Portuguese tiles) on the walls.

Bar Portas Largas Bairro Alto sept09

Portas Largas, Rua Atalaia 105, Lisbon. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 20:00 – 02:00; Sundays 21:00 – 02:00

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8 Replies to “Lisbon’s famous nightlife: Bar Portas Largas Bairro Alto & gay crowd”

  1. I am going to be travelling to Lisbon from May 6 til 9th. I am going to be travelling alone. This is my first trip to Lisbon, so I am worried that I will be completely lost and/or have a miserable and lonely time there. It would be great if I can spend a day or two with a local person who can show me around. I do not speak Portugese, but speak English and Japanese. I am an Asian male in the upper 30’s with a handsome face and good personality. Anyone interested in helping me out? A Nice dinner is definitely on me to show my appreciation!! Send me email to James

  2. Hi Guys

    Lisbon has come a long way in terms of being a gay-friendly city. Right now any LGBT tourist will find tons of gay bars, clubs, saunas, crusing bars and a fantastic gay beach!

    There is so much to do and see that I felt there was the need for an online gay lisbon guide in english. You can find it in here:

    Hope you guys like it and enjoy Lisbon! 🙂

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