Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Lisbon, Portugal


Lisbon is one of the most buzzing European cities when it comes to live music. Every night of the week you can easily find a handful of concert options whatever your musical taste might be. Indie, Rock'n'Roll, Vintage, Folk, Techno, Funky... You name it and you'll certainly find it somewhere in the city. There are lots of venues from big concert halls to small bar stages. Here is a list of five with the most intimate settings to help you get into Lisbon's music mood.

MagaSessions
Maga is a woman with a big passion for music. Understanding that there was a gap in the city for artists who were taking their first steps in the musical scene, she decided to literally open the doors of her home and invite them to come play at her living room. Every body else is also welcome to join, listen and aplaude.

Damas Bar
In the heart of the historical neighbourhood Graça, what once was a bakery is now a concert hall for emerging musicians. Apart from the good music, there is also dancing and delicious tidbits served in a very cheerful environment.

Lounge Bar
This bar opened discreetly in Cais do Sodré, one of Lisbon's nightlife busiest places. Little by little its concerts started to become famous. Today it is one of the most popular places to go for live indie music, not only from Portuguese artists but also from some international acclaimed artists.

Music Box
An arched wooden door hides one of the most popular Lisbon's nightspots. Musicbox is a a bar and a nightclub. But what makes Musicbox so popular is its eclectic live concert agenda, making it one of the best examples of Cais do Sodré neighbourhood recent revitalisation.

Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZDB)
Before being a concert venue, ZDB is an art centre living in an old palace in the center of Bairro Alto. The concerts were naturally added to this scenario. ZDB regularly welcomes and supports the work of the most prominent contemporary Portuguese musicians offering them not only a place to present their work to the public but also a residential programme to facilitate creativity and creation.

Silvia is an awarded writer and a traveller with more than 15 years experience. Although her journeys have been taking her a bit everywhere in the world, Lisbon her hometown, is the city where she always return to unveil and write about its never ending wonders.

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