Lisbon’s Pink Street is Your Nightlife Destination

Pink Street is one of the highlights of Lisbon's great nightlife. photo: www.itsallbee.com
Pink Street is one of the highlights of Lisbon's great nightlife. photo: www.itsallbee.com
Pink Street is one of the highlights of Lisbon’s great nightlife. photo: www.itsallbee.com

Lisbon: From Red Light District to Pink Street, the Rehabilitation of a Neighborhood

A party scene like you’ve never seen before. Lisbon’s Rua Nova do Carvalho, nicknamed Pink Street, is the heart of Lisbon’s fierce nightlife. A visitor has not truly experienced a night out in Portugal’s capital without blessing themselves with a trip to Pink Street.

Dotted with bars, clubs, and late night eateries, Pink Street is a more upscale alternative to Lisbon’s famous Barrio Alto, whose nightlife thunders through the streets every night of the week. In 2011, Pink Street was born after the city’s former red light district was rehabilitated into what it is today.

Now, it is a destination for party goers wishing to experience a true night out Lisboa style. With action picking up around 3am, people dance and drink their way to morning at the eclectic bars. Located near the old port of Lisbon in the Cais de Sodre neighborhood, Pink Street is conveniently positioned near a metro stop.

Before your big night out, check out Time Out Market. This dreamy Ikea-sized warehouse was recently refurbished by Lisbon’s greatest chefs. The cafeteria-style food court destination is the perfect place to eat a high end dinner at an affordable price before napping and heading back out to Pink Street in the Middle of the night.

In it’s past life, Pink Street was home to trouble, and visitors did not visit their without encountered from thieves, prostitutes, or people looking to rent out rooms for an hour or two with a friend. Today, with interest from both tourists and locals, tons of new bars and hang outs have popped up along the infamous road.

For the best cocktails on the street, check out 4 Caravelas Cocktail Bar and order a Honey Pot. This 5 Euro concoction does not disappoint. Just up the street a bit, Povo offers outdoor seating and a tapas menu, perfect for people watching in this amazing neighborhood. Music Box is perfect for those looking for live music and a dance floor, and it’s one of Pink Street’s most visited night spots.

Lisbon is famous for its streetcars and steep streets. Max Hartshorne photo.
Lisbon is famous for its streetcars and steep streets. Max Hartshorne photo.

There are literally dozens of options to explore on Pink Street, and whether you’re a frequent party goer or out for a special occasion, you will no the disappointed with the color, excitement, liveliness, and unique vibe Rua Nova do Carvalho will show you.

Have you been to Portugal lately?  If you want to save money and get more out of every euro you spend on lodging, use Bonwi to find hotels in Lisbon and get points for every night you can use another time.

The Tivoli Lisboa, for example, will cost you just $551 for two nights and net you 6,051 Bonwi points you can use for your next trip.

Car Rentals and Bonwi: A Winning Combination

The gorgeous Vasco da Gama bridge between Lisbon and Alcochete, Portugal.
The gorgeous Vasco da Gama bridge between Lisbon and Alcochete, Portugal.

Bonwi might be better known at this point for the best way to accumulate points for hotel stays, but it’s also one of the best ways to accumulate points for car rentals.

You can use Bonwi points for car rentals that you accumulate after simply booking a hotel (at a great price) using Bonwi.  You can not only use them to rent car in cities like Denver Colorado, but you can also find car rentals down under…in Lisbon!

Salema is a small beach village on the Atlantic coast in Portugal's Algarve. It's the kind of place you really need a rental car to reach, and you can find one at Bonwi.com.
Salema is a small beach village on the Atlantic coast in Portugal’s Algarve. It’s the kind of place you really need a rental car to reach, and you can find one at Bonwi.com.

Portugal is a great country for a road trip. We just returned from a trip that took us from swingin’ Lisbon town down to the famous Algarve, in the bottom of the country. Not on the Mediterranean, it’s on the sparkling Atlantic.

One of the places we really enjoyed was the village of Salema. It’s a small village with seafood restaurants right on the beach, and just a few tiny hotels and BnBs. But it’s also not connected any major cities by bus or train. You really do need a car to enjoy a place like Salema, or other parts of the Algarve like Faro or Lagos.

There are so many small towns like Salema that are unique and make for the kinds of experiences everyone wants on their vacations. The freedom of the open road, being able to stop whenever you like, and most of all, not paying a fortune for your rental car.

One thing that you’ll want to do on the trip is to allow the rental car company to take care of the tolls that occur quite frequently on the A2 and other motorways. There is an option at places like Europcar that you give them a credit card and they are automatically charged…the other way to do it is to stop and pay within 24 hours of passing by the toll gantry. But for most people, it’s a no-brainer to allow the tolls to be paid by credit card.

So the next time you’re in the mood for a road trip, consider using your Bonwi. First find a hotel at a great price, and then use the points you get to book a car rental for peanuts!