Portugal has always had a marketing problem, so most people don’t know we have really good, make that great, and affordable wine. I’m thinking beyond the famous Porto bottles. Portugal is quite particular in its wine making craft, as we mix and blend different kinds of grapes to create unique flavours and extract the most of our terroirs. Though there are so many cast wines which are also great – I’m thinking about a personal favorite, the Alvarinho region around the Minho river.
Furthermore, wine is mostly drank during mealtimes, so there aren’t many wine bars around. Well, most bars do sell wine, but they don’t have a list as long as Artis’. The wine theme is well present inside the bar, with wooden plaques filling the walls and creating a warm environment. To complement your glass, you can also order some tapas and obviously you can order a bottle and have your dinner there.
I go to Artis almost every week for an ‘afterwork’ drink, because in the middle of Bairro Altos agitation it is great to sit down in a soothing bar with a full glass. Green and mature wines, Red, White and Rosé. Try them all. Smoking is allowed.
Pro tip: to avoid waiting for a table come either before 19:00 or after 23:30!