At Pipa Velha, in downtown Porto, you’ll find one of the best places to chat, have a drink, grab a bite and listen to music. This is one of the oldest bars in the city. It’s been open since 1981, being one the of first places where you could go eat something at late hours. If you take a look around you’ll notice the posters of past events (theatre plays, concerts, exhibitions, etc.. – some that take you back 15 years in time) and the rustic furniture of the bar.
There’s a terrace where, in the summer, you can enjoy a glass of wine and some cheese. But if you really like to stay out in the cold, you can also take your glass of wine and go outside. Ordering a “chouriço” might be a good idea as you have to grill it yourself. If you go to Pipa Velha you have to try the sangria and the ham and cheese toast (made with traditional cheese and cured ham).
The bar has been open for so long that you can find different generations at the bar. You’ll find the usual customers that have been going there since the 80’s. You’ll find their kids, around the age of 25/30. All of them go back because the staff, the food and drinks and the music are really good. If you’re into alternative rock or indie, good wine and good traditional snacks, this is the place for you.
As Pipa Velha is located in downtown Porto you’re in walking distance from landmarks such as the Lello&Irmão Bookstore, Clérigos Tower, Portuguese Centre of Photography, Cordoaria Gardens. If you walk a little further, you’ll find São Bento’s train station, the City Hall and Café Guarany.
Don’t forget to bring cash as they don’t accept debit/credit cards and remember that they’re only open from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am (everyday).