Another reason why you are going to love Lisbon is the cost of drinks. Although in some clubs drinks can get a bit pricey, in bars and most places drinks are much cheaper any other European major city. So, the question is only what should you have? Here are four suggestions:
Caipirinha - Portugal and Brazil share the same language and many brazilians live in Lisbon. So, if you spend a night out in gay Lisbon you're bound to meet some hot brazilian boys. Then the perfect drink will be Brazil's national drink - the Caipirinha. This cocktail is made with Cachaça (sugar cane rum), sugar and lime. You can also try a Caipiroska, where Vodka replaces the Cachaça. Prices vary from 3,50€ to 6€. For size queens, you can opt for the L, XL or XXL Caipirinhas, with great value for money!
Morangoska - This strawberry and vodka cocktail is delicious. It's just like having juice... Until you realise this "juice" may be blurring your vision a little bit! It is also very refreshing, making it the perfect choice for the hot summery Lisbon nights. Prices from 3,50€. We highly recommend you obtain your Morangoska in the (not gay!) bar Spot (Rua da Atalaia, n.º 25), very near to the gay corner in Bairro Alto.
Cosmopolitan - If you at Purex (Rua das Salgadeiras, 28) an3d not too drunk to hold a proper cocktail glass in lady-like fashion, make sure you try a Cosmo. You and girlfriends can feel like Carrie and the group for only 3€.
Imperial (Draft Beer) - Think you know all there is to know about beer (Cerveja)? Then be advised that beer consumiption in Portugal has a few pecularities. First, when ordering draft beer, you get no choice of what brand of beer you will have. Each bar has chosen their preferred brewer and that is what you must stick to. Luckly, 99% of the bars will have either chosen either Super Bock or Sagres, both are very good Portuguese beers. They are a bit stronger than some Northern European beers. Another pecularity is the size of the glass. If you just order a Imperial (draft beer), you are likely to be served a 20cl beer. Portuguese generally drink beer in these glasses. The small size ensures that your beer is always fresh, even on a hot day, as you have no option but to keep on ordering further fresh Imperiais! For those of you to whom size definately matters, just ask for a "caneca". This is a large portion of beer. Beer prices vary considerably, being around 1-1,50€ in the cheapest places to 6€ in some posh Clubs.
Check our Lisbon Gay Guide for full info on Lisbon's LGBT nightlife and directions.