This may be the most important topic to date - wine bar recommendations!
Here are my two favorite spots in Lisbon ...
Alfaia Garrafeira - This wine bar is located down the small winding cobblestone streets of Bairro Alto, a super vibrant part of Lisbon’s center known for “festa, festa”! Covered in Portuguese tile, and a bit unassuming from the outside, this hot spot comes to life after 10pm with a mix of locals and adventurous wine loving tourists. The staff is super knowledgeable and the owner is often there popping his favorites. Choose from delicious cheeses, meats and other small plates. Remember Portuguese wine is made for food - so dig in! Last time I visited I was impressed by the selection of wines from the Azorian islands - a must try.
Wine Bar Do Castelo - The “Wine Bar of the Castle” is not a misnomer, it is basically inside Lisbon’s famous castle! Good news is if you are tired and need a break from the crowds in the super touristy Alfama neighborhood you have a perfect respite. Whether you were planning to visit the castle or not, it is worth popping a cork or two here and spending an afternoon exploring their incredible selection. Put your preconceived notions of US wine bars aside - in this locale you are in the hands of the staff. First, they ask you what types of wines you like and then bring out a seemingly endless stream of options to taste. Lots of young, talented winemakers are featured front and center at the castle bar. And much like its counterpart across town, the cheese and meat plates are something else!