With stone walls and Louis XIV-style armchairs, this high-design joint in old Lisbon feels more like a friend’s living room than a bar.
Reviewed by Alia Akkam
Pombaline, a style of architecture found in 18th-century Portugal, is the design inspiration behind Matiz Pombalina, a bar set in a former residential building in old Lisbon. Original stone walls meld with wooden flooring, velvet, and Louis XIV-style armchairs; a tiled terrace is a refuge for smokers. With a framed mirror and saxophone on display, it feels more like a friend’s living room than a bar.
Locals love this place - you'll see them hanging out for hours.
The classics are solidly represented here - Cuba Libre, Moscow Mule - as are creative house specialties. Gin drinks are particularly strong; try the refreshing TimeOut, made with pineapple, kiwi, passionfruit, and Pisang Ambon, a tropical liqueur.
There are plenty of fulfilling snacks, from French fries to sausage to cheese plates.
The bar staff is friendly and quick to whip up drinks based on your personal preferences; everyone seems well acquainted with the nuances of the various spirits. Knowledgeability is a big bonus. Now, wrap it up: what are we coming here for? An enchanting ambience filled with locals drinking well-made cocktails.