April 6, 2015 by The Atlas Team
Authentic Caipirinhas and Sardinhas
Castros Beer €€
Rua de São Paulo,117, Cais do Sodré
308 805 817 website
Mon – Thu, 14h – 2h,
Fri, 14h – 3h,
Sat – Sun 15h – 3h
This bar has done a lot of things right, but nothing beats its mastery of ginger (and regular) caipirinhas. A large papier mâché mask peers out through one of its front windows in an ever- evolving window art gallery while whitewashed palettes are re-purposed into a hanging garden as you enter. Picnic tables are mixed with all-white painted discarded antiques and you can almost certainly find the footie match being projected onto the wall at the back.
As one of the few places with bar stools, we like to begin the evening here and reconnect with old habits. While some bars herald their happy-hour sugar-and-cachaça concoctions, this place is the real deal and worth paying full price no matter the hour. At times they will set up a grill out front so you can watch your tasty appetizer of chouriço (sausage) or sardinhas (sardines) sizzle.
If you walk through the restaurant and into the back you might hear some beats coming from below. Follow the music into an expansive cavern and prepare to be amazed as how many sweaty bodies can be packed inside when it gets really going. This is the hidden dance floor you’ve never heard of that you might want to keep to yourself to keep it special.