You know that feeling when you think you’re more or less aware of everything a neighbourhood has to offer, and then you’re proven wrong? That happened to me the other night. It was by chance that I discovered Castro Beer, but boy am I glad I did!
It only took a friend leading through some streets away from the usual places in Cais do Sodré and suddenly we were looking at a bar with live music, mismatched decoration that is an ode to the DIY spirit (wooden pallets were reused and painted to compose the bar, and wooden boxes cover up a whole wall filled with plants), and cheap beer. Even more, they have two things that are absurdly hard to find in any given bar in Lisbon these days: table soccer and darts – perfect if you’re hanging around with a couple of friends in the odd night out.
While the live music isn’t a permanent staple (I’d recommend you check out their Facebook page), this is very chilled out place with quirky atmosphere and laid back attitude – not a super fancy place, but nonetheless a fun one. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
By Raquel Dias
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Castro Beer Reviews
We went to Castro for a few beers, but stayed for the rest of the night. Castro offers a wide range of Portugese beers and has an excellent cheese and meat plate. The olives were to die for. The bar..... more »
Trendy bar, good staff, great bottled craft beer, full of locals, cool crows on wall, quirky chairs. My wife didn't like the toilets. more »
Was there for a group dinner: - food quality was low for the price; appetizers were bad - felt alienated from the start as they promise drinks service included but "it only starts to count when the food arrives" so I had to pay 1.5€ more for the (only one I had) drink I asked for some minutes before food arrived - they claim they will serve food until a certain hour but if you finish eating before that hour your plate is suddenly gone and no more drinks are served - really cold inside - staff was condescending
Nice place and location, reasonably priced €15-20 gets you starters, choice of main dish , dessert and coffee and the plus side is beer, wine and sangria are free refills as long as you are sat at your table. Really good place for groups
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