It takes a few minutes walking around Porto city center to make you fall in love with this town. In the last years, Porto faces a big change with more people going to visit, new restaurants, bars, and venues and made the city “The Best Europe Destination in 2017”. When it comes to gay life, Porto has also become a perfect destination.
From its cozy apartments to lively clubs, Porto is an eventful town that can host all kinds of visitors. Lose yourself around downtown maze streets and get thrilled with beautiful views on hidden belvederes. Porto is all about enjoying life, food, great wine, beautiful and warm people. Get ready to find out about 10 venues you can’t miss when visiting Porto.
1. Café Lusitano
Located in downtown, Café Lusitano is not a beginner on the gay scene. Opened in 2005, Lusitano décor still preserver some of its original details – it used to be a grain store – that evoke the Parisian Belle Époque Style. If you’re not a party person, we suggest you reach it right after dinner (around 9/10 p.m.) for a drink in this gorgeous space. On weekdays you can find live concerts, tango, and fado. Fridays and Saturdays it’s time to party, with drag queen performances and a DJ set that cross from the 80’s until now.
2. Conceição 35
Opened from 5 p.m to 4 p.m, Conceição 35 can be a spot to grab a beer, have some snack or stay through the night. With a vintage industrial décor, the bar can change its scenario depending on the time or day of the week you visit. If you are looking for a place to drink a delicious gin and get ready for fun, you’ve already found it.
Another tip? Always check Conceição 35 calendars. They throw some special parties with great DJs and a cool atmosphere.
Are you ready for fun? Zoom Porto is the most lively dance floor in town. On Fridays, it’s all about pop and drag queen performances that are quite popular. Saturdays are the nights when the club hosts big events, with International DJs and Gogo dancers. Located in a former warehouse, Zoom is the venue where everybody ends up going and dancing until the sunrise.
Local tip: Zoom opens at midnight but the audience usually starts arriving after 2 a.m.
Galerias is known as Porto’s bohemian area. There are tons of bars of all styles, from the cheapest to the fanciest. Best part? They are all free, so you can just be around each of them, trying drinks and shots. But we are sure that you’ll end up at Fabrik. If you like to enjoy the top hits when you reach the dance floor and enjoy your colorful drink, just write down Fabrik’s address and get ready to par-tay!
Are you a drag queen fan? Like to enjoy classic, diva lip syncs, and glamorous gowns? So we guess you’re gonna like Invictus Café Bar. This venue is not new in Porto, but it has been coming back to life lately. The kitsch atmosphere and the lack of “Eleganza Extravaganza” are definitely what is attracting new visitors, especially youth, and makes Invictus a unique venue in Porto.
6. Café au Lait
It’s not hard to just walk straight of Café au Lait, but that what is nice about it. Even though its located at Galerias area, the bar still a bit unknown by tourists. Café au Lait is a venue that welcomes everyone – especially cool people – and all kind of parties. So, you can go there, have a drink and encounter a house party hidden in its cave. But you can also face a pop party the next day…so, our suggestion is: give it a try!
7. Sauna camões
Wanna relax and have fun? Sauna Camões is just right in the city center and opened 7 days of the week. In a very discreet spot, Camões offers Turkish Bath, Finnish Sauna, Cabinets, Video Room and a bar with a special selection of drinks. If you wanna hang out with locals best time is after work and Saturday nights.
8. Maus Hábitos
Defining Maus Hábitos maybe be a little bit complicated but pointing out its attractions may help. A restaurant, a bar, an art gallery, a cultural center. “Phew”! A lot right? Hidden on the top floor of a parking building, Maus Hábitos has a busy events calendar and we are sure you’ll find out something that cheers you up. Art exhibitions, film festivals, drag parties, live music and also a delicious menu to enjoy with a gorgeous Porto view.
9. Passos Manuel
Right across Maus Hábitos and next to Coliseu – Porto main venue for big concerts – there is Passos Manuel. Those that look for an underground venue with an alternative and artsy atmosphere will feel home here. This venue is just like a chameleon, depending on the night you can find a film exhibition or an electro party. So once again, always check the agenda before you go.
10. The Portuguese Cock
Taking a souvenir on a trip is almost a must do. But, why not taking this idea to another idea to another or we’d say a queer level. The Portuguese Cock is a handcraft store in Porto where you’ll find most traditional Portuguese products in rainbow or humoristic versions. If you want something even more exclusive, you can personalize all products you wish.
If you are visiting Porto in summer, don’t miss the chance to have a drink and some tapas at Aduela terrace. If you choose fall or winter, you can enjoy its cozy interior and a glass of red wine. Aduela is the bar that local people love going after work and before dinner.
Local tip: be there around 5 p.m. if you want to have a spot 🙂