In Lisbon a lot of bars are quirky, interesting, and worth a visit. But Pavilhão Chinês (that translates to English as “Chinese Pavilion”) is on a whole different level – more than a quirky bar, it’s pretty much the ex-libris of Príncipe Real, and a jewel in itself.
The first time I entered the bar, I was dumbfounded. What caught my eye were the artefacts displayed – so many that you almost feel like you’ve entered an antique shop. Among them are old mugs, porcelain dolls and miniature trains. These collectables are displayed in all of the five rooms. Even though the view of these little objects is a sight to behold, what I think makes you come back again and again is the combination of the kindness of the staff and the comfort and warmth of each and every room: it transports you to a different time, while making you feel really welcome and at home.
Founded in 1986, Pavilhão Chinês occupied what once was a former grocery store. And ever since I’ve known this bar, the service has remained impeccable. The cocktails are the strong point of the house: the presentation is flawless and they’re great. Try one, I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it. And don’t leave without playing a game of pool – or at least without seeing both locals and tourists putting their pool playing skills to the test!
It’s truly a place out of the ordinary, and one of the best places to go out in Lisbon!