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Lisbon’s streets are a joyful place to wander around, but Lisboa from above is even better. Looking out over the city towards the sea across a sea of terracotta buildings as the church bells chime surely must be a rooftop rite of passage when in Portugal? Whilst we explored by day, we spent every evening seeing in the sunset from the rooftops, ice-cold beer or cocktail in hand. So here is our guide to the best rooftop bars in Lisbon:
We start our list of the best Lisbon Rooftop bars with Noobai, as it seemed to be the least known of all the rooftop bars we visited and was an unexpected delight. Located next to the Jardim do Alto de Santa Catarina viewing point, we discovered Noobai quite by chance and had a wonderful evening there. Service was brisk and the bar staff were very attentive – we stayed for a couple of hours drinking ice-cold beers; the water ‘misters’, spraying water gently over the bar area were also appreciated.
They were also one of the few rooftop bars to have dark beer on tap (Estra Preta). Noobai prices were also reasonable; we paid 3 Euros for a large beer and food started from 4 Euros for falafel plates. Don’t be deterred when you first arrive if the top level looks full – there are another two ‘hidden’ levels below the top deck also boasting harbour views.
Address: Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Adamastor, 1200-401 Lisboa, Portugal
Lost in Esplanada
We loved Lost in Esplanada, not only for the views and sublime service, but also how tasty the food was – the pork ribs were perfection and an awesome accompaniment to our sundown session.
Found in the hip Príncipe Real district and primarily an Indian restaurant with a gorgeous outdoor terrace, we arrived one evening at around 8pm and struggled to get an outdoor table at first, but the staff were very helpful and beckoned us over a little later to a free table with the best view in the house, when some other patrons had left.
The Lost in Esplanada terrace feels beautifully bohemian, with fabrics draped from trees, lamps galore and the odd cabana or too. We were made to feel very welcome and the fact the food was so good is a total bonus. Recommended.
Address: Rua Dom Pedro V 56, 1250-094 Lisboa, Portugal
Park Rooftop Bar
A hip hangout located on the top-level of a Lisbon car park, this reminded us quite a bit of Frank’s Cafe Bar in Peckham (another carpark party place). We visited Park on a Sunday evening at around 7pm and managed to blag one of the last few tables overlooking the bay – be warned it can get very busy here so you have to be quick at pouncing on a table as other patrons leave.
The set-up here is functional but nice, with several seating areas (although not all have great views of the skyline). In keeping with the car-park setting, the design and furniture is quite minimal plus there is lots of tropical foliage.
For us, Park is only worth it if you can secure yourself a prime seating position as we found the service a little disorganised and the prices were also quite high compared to other rooftop bars in Lisbon (but still good compared to London). We paid 4.50 for a bottle of beer and 8 Euros for a cocktail.
Address: Calcada do Combro 58, Lisbon 1200-115 Portugal
Located on the top floor of the Tivoli Hotel in the Avenida area of Lisbon, Sky Bar was easily the largest of all the rooftop bars we visited. Based over two floors with ample dining and outdoor space, we had our drinks overlooking the city on the lower outdoor terrace. We also like the fact there is a walk-up bar located outside, if the bar inside is a tad busy.
Although less characterful and quirky than the rest of the rooftop bars on this list, the views are rather incredible and you will much more likely guarantee yourself a table at sunset here, plus the service is also rather good.
Address: Avenue da Liberdade 185, 1269-050 Lisboa, Portugal
Limão Rooftop Bar, H10 Duque de Loulé
We visited Limão Rooftop Bar as we actually stayed in the H10 Duque de Loulé hotel for three nights on our last trip to Lisbon (August 2020). Located on the tenth floor of the hotel, Limão Rooftop Bar is marketed as a ‘chillout terrace’ and has wonderful views of the city and gets the afternoon sun, meaning it could be the perfect place to start or end or evening (it also has an awning for when the heat is too much to bear).
The Limão interiors are warm and welcoming and it was the most traditionally decorated of all the rooftop bars we visited in Lisbon – check out those floor tiles! The only ‘downside’ is that the Limão Rooftop Bar rooftop bar is in the north of the city so it is a little further out than the other rooftop bars we visited, but is within 5 minutes walk of the Marquês de Pombal station Metro and could be combined with a Sky Bar session, a further ten minutes walk away.
Address: Avenue Duque de Loulé 83, 1050-089 Lisboa, Portugal
BAHR Terrace Ba, Bairro Alto Hotel restaurant
You’d expect a 5* hotel to have a good rooftop offering, so this cute and charming offering in the heart of the city won’t disappoint (although arrive early if you want to guarantee getting a table for sunset).
Opened in 2005 and located on the fifth floor of the Bairro Alto Hotel, the award-winning BAHR proffers panoramic views of Lisbon’s rooftops on the outdoor terrace and a comprehensive cocktail menu. BAHR is also a little more pricier than the other Lisbon rooftops included on this list (although where else can you get Michelin starred quality food).
Address: Praça Luís de Camões 2, 1200-243 Lisboa, Portugal
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