Ginja liqueur in Mouraria Lisbon : tiny tavern ‘Os amigos da Severa’ (‘Friends of Severa’, first fado singer), owner sr. António & spontaneous fado performance
Tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon & owner sr. António Pais serving Ginja liqueur: 1 euro, glass of wine 0.50 cent
In the partly renewed and nowadays trendy area Mouraria (a very old Moorish quarter in Lisbon), there’s a tiny tavern called ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ (friends of Maria Severa, considered as the first fado singer). Already 40 years sr. António Pais is the very friendly owner.
‘Shot’ of Ginja: 1 euro 🙂 Glass of red or white wine: 0.50 eurocent 🙂
Tavern ‘Os amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon, Rua de Barros Queiros 27 Lisbon
10 min. walk from city center tourist attraction
Most people who visit Lisbon try a glass of Ginja at Rossio Square, a city center tourist attraction, but it’s really worth it to walk 10 minutes from there to sr. António, and taste his favorite Ginja Albergaria, Ginja is a liqueur made of cherry-like berry called Ginja (not surprisingly 😉 The berries are fermented into a brandy that’s slightly bitter, slightly sweet and very sticky.
Tiny tavern ‘Os amigos da Severa’ Mouraria Lisbon & amigo Felipe Aristimuño
Portuguese liqueur in Lisbon: Ginja with or without a cherry & spit the pit
You can order a Ginja with or without a cherry in it. The berries are on the bottom of the bottle and it requires a fair bit of skill to get just one berry into a glass. Most Portuguese people like to have their Ginjinha ‘com Ginja’ (with a cherry in the glass). If you don’t want it, ask for one ‘sem Ginja’ (without a cherry). The older Portuguese men drink their Ginja in one time. After this, they suck on the berry for a while and spit the pit onto the streets 🙁
Tiny tavern ‘Os Amigos da Severa’ historic area Lisbon & live fado music around midnight
Vocal cords & Ginja liqueur
Getting there: Bus: 708, 734, 740 | Electric: 12, 28 | Metro: Martim Moniz (green line)
Hours: Monday to Friday from 18pm, Saturday and Sunday from 16pm to 02:00 am