Nightlife in Porto doesn’t really get going until the late bars start to open up around 10.30pm, so don’t worry if everywhere is a bit quiet until then as it’ll pick up and then stay going well into the small hours of the morning!
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a tipple during the day, the beachside bars in Foz do Douro or the quayside cafés in both Ribeira and Gaia are a good choice.
Port wine is the city's major export and this world-renowned and locally produced tipple can be sampled at bars and cafés all over the city.
Rua Cândido dos Reis 30, Porto, Portugal
From its long entrance hall to the giant red curtains at the door, this bar oozes boho chic. Posters lining the hall advertise upcoming shows as Plano B is a live music venue and art gallery, as well as popular bar. There are plenty of places to sit, from mismatched couches to arty tables around the L-shaped bar. Ornate lamps and quirky light fixtures add to the impression that this is where the cool crowd hang out. There’s a chilled, friendly atmosphere and the staff are prompt, serving up a huge selection of alcoholic drinks and coffees at reasonable prices.
Open Tues-Wed 2.30pm-8pm & 10pm-2am, Thurs-Sat 2.30pm-4am.
Avenida do Brasil, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal
A beachside bar with waves lapping almost right up to its side, Praia da Luz is a trendy spot and perfect for a refreshing drink during siesta time or at night under the stars. Out on the deck you can lounge on comfy couches or sit at one of the many tables, complete with sun umbrellas. Sip cocktails in the hip surroundings and watch the waves, the surfers or the setting sun. Drinks are a bit more expensive here than they are in the city itself, but the location and stunning view more than makes up for that.
Open daily 10am-4am/5am.
Rua Nossa Senhora de Fátima 334, Porto, Portugal
Close to the Casa da Música, this bar is a popular spot for a post-show drink. It's also a favourite with locals who come here late at night to chat and smoke over coffees, before sampling some of the alcoholic tipples on offer. The bar itself is down a set of stairs and then almost hidden from view in an alcove. Small and intimate, this is the perfect place to get a real taste for Portuguese nightlife.
Open daily 10.30pm-4am.
Avenida de Boavista 911, Porto, Portugal
Found inside a sprawling townhouse, this bar and restaurant complex is an incredibly well-liked spot. The bar can be found on the first floor and takes up a number of different low-lit rooms. There's even an area where you can dance to the music provided by the guest DJs that play here almost every night. Popular with a younger crowd, Triplex offers a wide variety of reasonably priced drinks, from cocktails to locally produced port wines. Out back, you'll find the bar's garden, perfect for enjoying a drink on a warm summer night.
Open Mon-Thurs 9pm-2am, Fri-Sat 9pm-4am.
Avenida da Boavista 604-610, Porto, Portugal
Opened in 2005, the Casa da Música hosts a wide variety of different performances from jazz, world music, orchestral and choral performances and much more. The building is an attraction in itself, thanks to its unusual shape and stunning interior. Guided tours of this important venue are available each day.
Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-8pm, opening times vary on performance days.