Al Café is a place that goes unnoticed unless someone tells you about it. That’s what happened to me a few years ago and it is also happening to you right now. At the surface, Al Café is just a regular café with some ornamented iron tables and chairs. But, below, in the basement, it’s a whole new space.
The room downstairs is filled with pillows and wooden tables, which emanate an Arabian feeling, where the locals come to try the water pipes and smoke strange favors such as rose, peppermint and strawberry. If you like a cocktail with your pipe, it’s available. Tea, coffee and plenty of other drinks too, just like a regular bar
The reason I return to Al Café might surprise you, though. It’s the Pub Quiz! Every Wednesday night, at 22:00, you can participate in a challenging 50-question quiz. The prize: not paying the bill. Groups of up to 5 people can enter and each participant pays € 1. If you don’t do so well, don’t worry as you might get the consolation prize like I did the last time (it was a toy skate). Don’t forget to take a Portuguese interpreter and to get there early if you want a table!