Unique bar ‘Pensão Amor’ (Pension Amor) Lisbon in former red light district Cais do Sodré: sailors, art, culture, pink street & pole dance

Rua Nova do Carvalho in Lisbon, located behind the famous market near the river Tagus, was for decades known as a street in the city’s red light district with bars named after northern European capitals (like CopenhagenOslo or Roterdão , Rotterdam) to attract the sailors who stepped off their boats here.

Bar ‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon: wonderful drawings on the walls of the stairs

‘Pensão Amor’ is located in a typical Portuguese 18th-century building. Once a cheap pension with rooms rented by the hour to prostitutes and their clients to enjoy a short moment of love 😉 . Along the 5 floors of the building you can admire remake copies of old posters from burlesque shows and peep shows.

Drawing artists Mario Belem & Hugo ‘Makarov’ Martins’ website and movie

Bar ‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon: burlesque decor & ceilings with frescoes

The ceilings of this former ‘guesthouse’ are painted with frescoes, the walls are covered with mirrors, paintings and old posters, and decorative pieces give the space an old burlesque, relaxed atmosphere. Amazing! The wonderful décor is recalling the history of the building.

Bar ‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon: the pole dance room

Now ‘Pensão Amor’ is one of the most popular bars in Lisbon with various spaces for events like concerts, ateliers, a book store (love/erotica), a trendy hair saloon, bars and a bar with Peruvian specialties. The pole dance room is decorated with leopard and gold. Pole dance workshops are held here to learn the tricks of seduction…

Rua Nova do Carvalho, hip and trendy street in Lisbon

Cais do Sodré  is transformated into a hip and trendy area and Rua Nova do Carvalho is a street lined with hip bars and clubs that become crowded after 2AM when the bars in the legendary area Bairro Alto start to close. More remarkable bars in this street: bar/cafe Sol e Pesca, and Bar da Velha Senhora

‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon – Erika Reusens admires the bar in burlesque style

The bar has two entrances:  Rua do Alecrim 19  including an outside café terrace) and on Rua Nova do Carvalho.

Pensão Amor Art & culture, Bars | Cocktails (< 22:00) € 8.00, beer € 3. (+351)213143399. Mon – Wed 12:00 – 02:00, Thu – Fri 12:00 – 04:00, Sat 18:00 – 04:00

Bar ‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon – stairs to the bar

More about this area: Portugaldailyview & video


5 Responses to “Unique bar ‘Pensão Amor’ (Pension Amor) Lisbon in former red light district Cais do Sodré: sailors, art, culture, pink street & pole dance”

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  3. Hi!
    this bar looks very fun! It’s exactly the type of place we’re looking for celebrate my best friend’s marriage (the end of a single woman life). One question: is it possible to take a pole dance lesson if we save the pole dance room for the night?
    thanks for all

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