Serious Drinking for Serious People

O’Gilin’s Irish Pub  €€

By Derrick Soares
By Derrick Soares

Rua dos Remolares, 8 – 10, Cais do Sodré
213 421 899 
Daily, 11h – 2h

With the friendly phrase “Yes We Can” painted on the front door (before it was smashed by a stag night passing by), Lisbon’s oldest Irish Pub sets the tone for whatever mischief you’re up to. It boasts a trivia night and has live music (usually of the Irish variety) 4 nights a week. They serve a nicely poured pint of Guinness and Kilkenny if that’s your thing – or if it’s whiskey you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

The bar is currently stocking oodles of craft beers, but they run out fast since the spike in interest of local breweries, so cross your fingers. The staff is super-friendly and helpful, and always game for a laugh. Chances are you might end up going to an after-hours dance club with them if you stick around long enough.

Their kitchen offers both bar snacks and full meals, and for us Americans with our affinity for nachos and chicken wings, it’s a must-do if you’ve had your fill of bacalhau (cod fish) and you’re in for something that reminds you of wherever you call home. Also surprisingly, the beef stroganoff dish is wonderfully cheesy and hits the spot any time of day.

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