Porto has many great spots to enjoy a drink, regardless of whether you’re on the Gaia or Porto side. Overlooking the river is where everyone wants to be! Bars with a view are in high demand, especially on sunny days and luckily for you, there are quite a few of them in Porto. We’ve compiled our favourite bars to catch the sunset into a post for you!
You might spot Base in Praça de Lisboa when you head towards Clérigos Tower.
It’s a garden bar, and perfect to enjoy at sunset. Please note they only serve drinks, so make sure you get a bite to eat before heading here!
Sit under these trees, in the grass, in one a beanbag, or pull up a chair at a table. The cultural offerings vary, and their activities include: music, visuals, architecture, and/or sculpture.
It’s a popular place amongst the local community, so here’s your chance to mingle with Porto’s people… or dogs since the bar is also pet friendly!
We love their strong environmental responsibility, encouraging clients to not leave cigarette butts in the garden, and serving drinks in reusable cups!
2. Guindalense FC
While exploring the winding streets of downtown Porto, make sure to stop in this bar for a drink. They have lovely views of Don Luis Bridge and cheap booze! (Beers from €1)
Not only is this place a great snack-bar, it’s the head office of the Guindalense Football Club. While you don’t have to like football to come here, (they also have foosball) you might have to be in athletic shape to GET here. We haven’t counted the steps of Escadas dos Guindais, but there are a lot of stairs…. so you deserve that beer!
They normally have tables to sit down and chill on the terrace, but during special events (like São Joao Night) they are removed and the bar turns into a spontaneous club. You can check out Guindalense FC from Monday to Friday to see what’s going on in the river area, and if you’re not in time for the sunset, they’re open until 11:00 pm (or midnight on Saturdays).
3. Terraza Lounge 360º
This rooftop bar is located in Espacio Porto Cruz, a place dedicated to Port wine. And since you’re in Porto you should be totally devoted to the wine culture! The building has 4 floors with different usages: a shop, a 360º experience that takes you on a trip from Gaia to Douro and the origin of their wines, a tasting room, an indoor restaurant, and the popular outdoor bar!
The outdoor bar is where you’ll enjoy a magnificent panoramic view with a good glass of wine (or a cocktail!) in the first line of houses facing the river. An interesting fact: the cable car passes above you! Join their DJ Sunset Sessions every evening – you’ll thank us later!
If you’re looking to spend an afternoon in a very relaxed atmosphere, enjoying a glass of wine and a pleasant conversation while listening to jazz music, then this is THE place.
You’ll find it close to Muralha Fernandina, a historical point of reference. To get there you’ll have go up (or down!) one of the typical old Porto staircases. Make sure to go during sunset (well, this is what all the blog post is about, right??). And if that is your snack time, don’t worry, they offer some small plates, such as sandwiches, cheese & bread.
And their greatest asset (aside from a stellar sunset view)? They have bands playing jazz, samba, and bossa nova tunes on the weekends, holidays, and special dates. Concerts start at 5:00 pm in the outside terrace. Keep in mind that during bad weather conditions, they concerts are typically cancelled. And when they don’t have live music, they’re quite well known for their killer music taste.
Good prices, wine, cold local beer, happy hour, very friendly staff, and an amazing river view. What else could you possibly ask for?
5. Miradouro Ignez
Miradouro Ignez is another great spot to enjoy the beautiful views of Douro river. While it’s not that close to the centre, it’s one to visit when you’re in the area of the Crystal Palace Gardens (a must for a romantic walk with viewpoints, fountains and peacocks!).
Enjoy a drink on the deck, and while this place might be a bit more pricey than the others, it’s still affordable! You won’t regret your visit come sunset!
We hope you enjoyed a peek into the five best bars with a view in Porto!!
Book your bed at O Cats Hostel when visiting this amazing city. We do also have a lovely rooftop bar with Happy Hour, themed parties, and a welcoming atmosphere!