Water, hops, malt, yeast and a Portuguese soul. These are the essential ingredients of the handmade beer brands that populate the city of Lisbon. It doesn’t matter if the day is hot or cold, resting the legs of a walk while enjoying a good local beer is always a good request. They are also a great excuse to wander around the city at night, or to accompany a traditional snack.
For this reason – and because we are lovers of a good artisan beer – we selected the 10 best places in the city to explore the flavours of Portuguese craft beer.
Inaugurated in 2014, Cerveteca Lisboa was the first Lisbon bar to focus on craft beer. There are 12 faucets and a lot of variety of labels to consume on the spot or take home with you. The beers menu is in permanent update and offers more than 100 options of craft beers, Portuguese and international.
If you want to visit the city’s past while drinking a good beer, this is the ideal spot. The Quimera Brewpub is located in a tunnel that in the eighteenth century served as passage from the Royal Cavalry to the Palace of Necessities, residence of the monarchy at the time. In taps, always with the offer in constant seasonal change, one can taste the home’s production and also other Portuguese brands of craft beer.
It is the first brewpub in Lisbon, with a charming terrace on the steps of Calçada do Duque, 100% focused on Portuguese craft beer. From the brand produced in the house to the best Portuguese options, there are 9 faucets and 50 options of labels to savour.
Located on the famous Rua Cor de Rosa (Rua Nova do Carvalho Street), in the bohemian region of Cais do Sodré, it has artisan and other beers. Among the handcrafted ones, the Portuguese ones stand out, of course. The menu also offers drinks and cocktails, so is a good request if you are accompanied by someone who does is not in love with barley. The place is well known for the football broadcasts, so if you go to the bar on match day, get ready to cheer along.
The taproom of the Portuguese brand of craft beer has been running since 2016 in Marvila, where a wine cellar worked in the 1940s and 1950s. The taps serve only beers of the brand Dois Corvos, but this can be a great opportunity to chat with the producers, in addition to being able to try new beers and others that do not even go to market. In addition to the tasting trays, you can fill a growler to take with you.
This bar, located in the heart of Alfama neighbourhood, boasts of having “the largest beer supply in the country”. The list is long and has craft beers options to have a “around the world of beer tour”: starting in Portugal and winning the planet – judging by the fame of the place, would also appear labels of craft beers from other planets, if they existed.
Strategically located next to universities, the two units of Cervetoria – a mixture of the words “cerveja” (beer) and “reitoria” (rectory) – offer more than 90 options of craft beer in the menu. With a focus on the university audience, the price is affordable and tha place usually hosts concerts, broadcasting football matches and themed parties, such as St. Patrick’s Day, for example.
Located near the Rossio Train Station, in the tourist heart of the city, The Beer Station offers a selection of Portuguese craft beers that promise to please the palates of travellers from all over the world.
This place is a mix of urban art gallery and cafe located in Cais do Sodré. On one side, the shelves with spray cans for graffiti, on the other, a coffee placed. Right on the banks of the Tagus, one can enjoy the postcard view while drinking Portuguese handcrafted beer accompanied by graffiti bagels (you can choose the colour of the famous ring-shaped breads that you’ll have).
Halfway between Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real, the intimate atmosphere of Pub Lisboeta mixes modernity and vintage objects. The craft beers are highlighted in the menu, ideal for a late afternoon stop or as an “appetizer” if you are planning to visit Lisbon’s nightlife.