Alfama – Lisboa
Tejo Bar is an alternative, informal place with a handful of tables with low seats and shelves loaded with books and board games. Its Brazilian owner, nicknamed Café Mané, is an amateur artist, novelist and poet, and presides over daily readings. Anyone may strum the house guitar (but do not clap: patrons instead rub their hands together to show their appreciation, thus minimizing noise). The bar has many regulars – who help themselves to drinks, noting down what they’ve taken – but it’s also a magnet for students and musicians. Mane is incapable of throwing people out, so the place is sometimes close after 5 am.