There are many charming places in Cais do Sodré. With literally a new spot opening every week, why choose this wine and gin bar instead of something else? Well, because Vestigius IS something else!
Harbored in what was once a warehouse, Vestigius is probably the one place in this neighborhood that pays better homage to the people Cais do Sodré catered to some 60 years ago: sailors. The proximity to the “cacilheiros” (the boats that make the trip from Lisbon to the other side of the river), the small boat at the entrance of the bar, culminating with the fascinating maritime elements spread throughout the decoration make the place worthy of a visit.
If that isn’t special enough for you, I might try to tempt you with the vast array of Portuguese wines they have (a rare sight these days). I’d recommend trying a glass or two while eating a cheese platter – yes, the cheese is wonderful too!- and engaging in some interesting conversation or just river gazing and chilling out. If, like me, you’re not exactly a wine expert, ask for a recommendation by the staff or the super nice resident sommelier, and they’ll guide you through the extensive list.
Vestigius is not the cheapest place in Lisbon, true. But, it is a special bar where you might be able to catch a concert or a wine or gin tasting – their agenda is worth checking out. It is an elegant and relaxed place, and very much worth the visit.