Looking for the ideal spot to pour yourself a glass of wine after a day on the town? In a country that contains so many award-winning wines, that won’t be difficult to find.
There are numerous wine bars in Porto serving up glasses of rich Portuguese wines: from the untranslatable “vinho verde” – a fresh fruity wine from the north – to the wines from the demarcated region of Douro (where Port also comes from) to wines from the warmer and flatter Alentejo region in the south, Portugal has enough variety (with quality) to please all wine preferences.
Visiting a wine bar is the perfect opportunity to taste wines from the many different regions, grape varieties and styles that Portugal has to offer. Here are some of our favorite wine bars in Porto.
1. Folias do Baco
If you are looking for natural wines and natural food from the amazing Douro Valley, you should visit Folias do Baco.
Folias do Baco is a homey tapas bar and a true hidden gem of the city, right at the heart of downtown Porto (a 1-min walk from the Clérigos Church). This wine bar has a terrific tasting menu and is a great option for vegetarians as well. All the food comes from local farmers and the wine is produced at Folias de Baco winery, located in the stunning Douro Valley.
Light jazz music greats you as you walk through the doors of Prova, a little wine bar with a huge selection of wines and ports.
The place is perfect for wine lovers who want to get to know Portuguese wines – after all, “Discover Porto by wine” is what Prova is all about. The food is excellent, the wines are excellent, the jazz in the background is wonderful and the staff is super friendly and knowledgable. There’s nothing to dislike in this place. The sommelier awaits you from 5:00 pm to 12 am. Definitely one of our favorite wine bars in Porto.
3. A Cave Do Bon Vivant
In the mood of sharing a cheese and charcuterie board with friends tonight? A Cave Do Bon Vivant is the place, a wine bar with clean, organic, biodynamic and natural wines that can be perfectly paired with homemade dishes with fresh and seasonal products. Our suggestion is that you reserve a table if you intend to visit it since the restaurant does not have a very high capacity. A Cave Do Bon Vivant is located at Porto’s main shopping street: rua de Santa Catarina. Definitely worth a visit!
4. Taberna do Largo
A sweet little gem, right in the heart of downtown Porto, where you can find all sorts of regional products from local producers (whether sweet or salty) to eat or take home. This wine bar is the best place to start understanding what are the Portuguese “petiscos” and what the verb “petiscar” means for locals.
A Taberna do Largo has a Happy Hour and a Porto-style Brunch (on weekends, from 11 am until 3 pm) that we highly recommend. Just sit there, order a glass of wine and enjoy! That’s what locals would do!
5. Tia Tia
Tia Tia is a brand new wine bar in Porto, serving modern locally sourced food, natural wines and records. A winning combination! Their staff firmly believe that people who like to eat, drink and listen to records are always the sexiest. Who can blame them? A must stop for any food traveler wandering through Porto.
Cheers or, as we say in Portuguese, À nossa!
Taste Porto Foodie Team