The 10 best wine bars in Lisbon
Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson once said that “wine is bottled poetry” and it just so happens that our country is full of lyricists! No matter if it’s rhymed poetry or free verse, the Portuguese have historically been very keen on wine production and consumption.
When you visit Portugal, we’d always recommend visiting at least one vineyard and cellar, where you can get up close with how this alcoholic beverage comes to life. When you buy a bottle and uncork it at home, you may still appreciate the wine, but understanding how much work and care is put from the planting and maintenance of the vineyard, to the collection of the grapes and the entire winemaking process, will certainly give you a new level of respect for the bottle you’re holding in your hands.
Traveling around Lisbon you will have plenty of opportunities to taste local wine – just about any restaurant and café will have at least a few options. But if you’d like to dig a little deeper, we recommend visiting a specialized wine bar.
Here we have compiled some of the best wine bars in Lisbon. These stand out, not just because of their catalogue, but also because of the knowledge of those who curate the wine lists presented and that tends to be shared with you when you select your drink:
1. Black Sheep
This wine bar and shop is living proof that being the black sheep can sometimes make you really stand out. Black Sheep is, quite probably, the smallest wine bar in Lisbon. There’s only 12 seats in this establishment located in the picturesque Praça das Flores in Lisbon, but they have a catalogue of over 100 references. Here the focus goes towards small independent producers. They have one of the greatest selections of natural and organic Portuguese wines you’ll find in Lisbon, which can be tasted at the bar or purchased by the bottle to take with you. Besides Portuguese brands, they also have iconic international wines produced following the philosophy of the Natural Wine Movement.
If you’d like to taste biodynamic, organic, natural and low intervention wines while hearing stories about the producers with your glass in hand, head to Black Sheep.
📍Praça das Flores 62, 1200-192 Lisbon
2. By The Wine
This establishment is a wine bar, restaurant and wine shop with the entire portfolio of Sogrape, one of the oldest and biggest wine companies in Portugal, operating since 1942. You might have heard of Sogrape’s brands, namely the Sandeman Port wine or Mateus for the rosé variety.
At By The Wine in Lisbon’s historic centre, Sogrape’s entire range of wines can be tasted by the glass, thus representing a great opportunity to experience different beverages which you can pair with Portuguese tapas.
Besides being open as a restaurant and wine bar, By The Wine regularly hosts special events such as enologist-guided wine tastings, tasting of regional food products and, sometimes, even olive oil tastings.
📍Rua das Flores 41 43, 1200-193 Lisbon
3. Comida Independente
Comida Independente’s goal is to bring small producers from all over Portugal to the city. This store houses a deli, grocery store, wine cellar and wine bar all under one roof. And if this wasn’t enough, they also organize a weekly producers market that takes place in Praça São Paulo every Saturday morning, where small producers and cooks are able to showcase their goods to those interested in tasting Portuguese products beyond what you can find in the regular supermarket shelves.
There’s a huge work of curatorship that goes behind what you can find at Comida Independente, as the team travels around Portugal to discover first hand the producers that deserve to have their work and goods highlighted here. This applies to regional foods, fresh produce and, of course, the wines too. Artisanal wines can be tasted here by the glass on regular days, but Comida Independente also organizes themed events and wine tasting sessions with the producers, and has little by little become one of the city’s favorite spots for connoisseurs and people who generally appreciate to know more about the origins of what they consume.
📍R. Cais do Tojo 28, 1200-649 Lisbon
Jobim introduces itself as a “little piece of Brazil in Lisbon”. Here it’s all about wines, cocktails and Brazilian food. The owners are Brazilian actor Thiago Rodrigues who came to shoot a soap opera in Lisbon and decided to stick around, and António Almeida who is a sommelier. Almeida has curated the wine list that has mostly representation from Portuguese cellars, but doesn’t end at that. The good news is that he is usually around and happy to recommend something for you to try, by the glass or by the bottle, according to your taste and budget.
Located in the trendy neighborhood of Príncipe Real, Jobim lures those passing by to get in, not just with a window shop full of options, but also with the sounds of bossa nova and jazz. If you’re into enjoying wine in a relaxed and truly fun atmosphere, Jobim is a great place to visit in Lisbon.
📍R. da Imprensa Nacional 116f, 1250-127 Lisbon
5. Prova Enoteca
Prova aims to have the entire wine scene of Portugal under one roof. More than 80 wines, specialized food products and petiscos from across the country make the delights of those who visit this wine shop in Restelo. Sommelier Manuel Moreira has collaborated with owners Ana Paula Marques and José Marques, who together spent more than a year traveling around Portugal and exploring different wine regions and cellars, prior to opening their shop.
Every single wine you see at Prova’s shelves can be ordered by the glass. If you don’t know where to start, you can join one of their regular Initiation to Wine Tasting workshops!
📍R. Duarte Pacheco Pereira 9E, 1400-139 Lisbon
6. Rebel Rebel
The natural wine scene is definitely growing in Portugal, and bottle stores such as Rebel Rebel have certainly been contributing towards that. Interestingly, several of the bars dedicated to natural wines that have opened in Lisbon in recent years, were started by expats who moved to Portugal. But the truth is that the locals have been catching up on this trend too.
Rebel Rebel is a tiny bar dedicated to natural wines and bottled craft beers. Owner Jenifer Duke, an American previously based in Berlin, dedicates her shop to European wines from outside of Portugal. What started as a way to import into Portugal the wines she wanted to try when she moved here, eventually became a business. Rebel Rebel’s space is limited so, while you’ll only see about 30 wines at the store, they work with more than 300 references of natural and biodynamic wines via their import and distribution side of the business.
📍Travessa de S. Plácido 48A, 1200-803 Lisbon
7. Senhor Uva
If natural wine has been taking Lisbon by storm, Senhor Uva certainly is one of the leading names in the local natural wine scene. Couple Stephanie e Marc opened this small wine bar and restaurant where the food shines just as much as the wines do. Stephanie is in charge of a vegetarian menu that highlights seasonal vegetables from small producers. This “botanical cuisine” focuses on availability and what catches Stephanie’s eye on her weekly visits to producers, and so does the wine, also exclusively sourced from small producers. The rotating menu turns out to be great if you want to visit multiple times and always be surprised by new flavors.
The passion for sustainable food and wines you breathe at Senhor Uva is exceptional and can be felt on the palate and all your other senses as you sip, taste and listen to the explanations that are shared in a friendly and accessible way while selecting your choice of dishes and wines, from Portugal and abroad.
📍R. de Santo Amaro 66A, 1200-804 Lisbon
8. Sommelier Lisbon
Sommelier is a restaurant for wine lovers who’d like to taste one of their 80 options of wine by the glass with elevated cuisine. The sophisticated ambiance here contrasts with the new wave of unassuming small wine bars that have been popping up a little all over the city recently. Sommelier Lisbon caters to those with a taste for fine wine paired with haute cuisine, marketing itself as “the most progressive, open-minded community of wine lovers in Portugal.”
Sommelier’s focus goes towards unique Portuguese and international wines, paired with the dishes crafted by Chef Gonçalo Bita Bota. Here the recipes have been developed to match the wines, and not the other way around, as it would happen in a regular restaurant. After all, Sommelier Lisbon is a wine restaurant. As such, when you visit, you will be suggested to select your wine first and, based on that, decide on your meal.
📍R. do Telhal 59, 1150-316 Lisbon
9. Vestigius Restaurante & Bar
In the happening riverfront area of Cais do Sodré, Vestigius is more than just a wine bar. Vestigius is also an exhibition space and stage for musical events, as well as a cocktail bar and restaurant. The hip interior decor and the outdoors terrace with views of the Tejo river make it a love at first sight spot for tourists passing by, but those who know best, know that you can come to Vestigius for more than the cool vibes.
Vestigius presents a carefully curated wine list, with Portuguese and international brands, including a vast number of options to try by the glass. The wine list includes detailed information about each option and, if you taste something you like while at the bar, you can purchase a bottle to take home with a 10% discount on the listed price.
📍Cais do Sodré 8 1200, 1200-161 Lisbon
10. Vino Vero
The natural wine movement has a great representation in the bustling neighborhood of Graça. And Italian couple Giulia Capaccioli and Massimiliano Bartoli, owners of Vino Vero, are proudly responsible for that.
Massimiliano’s brother has a natural winery in Tuscany and that was the source of inspiration for Massimiliano’s first wine bar in Venice, also called Vino Vero. Lisbon’s chapter came about in 2019, along with Giulia. Together, they want to present Lisboners with beautiful natural wines, but also contribute to spreading the word about Portuguese natural wines internationally. They are all about low intervention natural wines, which they serve at Vino Vero with snacks prepared with organic ingredients from small producers.
📍Tv. do Monte 30, 1170-265 Lisbon
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