Lisboa is a city of many elements: the ever present Tejo river, the red roofs, the mixture of shyness and friendliness that the good people from this city proudly sport…and Fado, the typical Portuguese song, born and raised in the streets of Lisboa, conveying emotions and feelings that range between full blown tragedy and despair, the melancholy and, surprisingly, the sheer joy and pride.
And I can’t really think of a better place to listen to it all other than Tasca do Chico. Few things in Lisboa can be more typical than enjoying an impromptu Fado singing session accompanied by a glass of red wine, roasted sausage and good company…which is exactly what this bar delivers – adding to the fact that it is one of the most traditional, beloved and distinctive bars in Bairro Alto and a veritable institution when it comes to Fado and to give new singing talents the opportunity to showcase their abilities.
I must clarify that there are two “Tasca do Chico” – both from the same owner and with the exact same concept, but this article refers exclusively to the bar in Bairro Alto. The other one is located in Alfama, more specifically in Rua dos Remédios.
The fado sessions take place on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 21:00 – please arrive soon, since the bar is not that big and it usually reaches full capacity early.
With or without Fado singing sessions, Tasca do Chico is worth the visit!