Parreirinha de Alfama
1 Beco do Espírito Santo, Lisbon, Portugal
218 868 209
Parreirinha de Alfama Lisbon Reviews
Fantastic Fado Sep 15, 2010
Parreirinha de Alfama is a small but authentic Fado club, hidden away in the narrow streets of Alfama, Lisbon.
The place is tiny, there are no more than ten tables cramped together. It is therefore important to call before 4 o’clock in the afternoon to make a reservation for that evening.
Since you are supposed to spend at least €30,- a table, you can either have dinner here, or order a bottle of wine. We chose the dinner, but weren’t very enthusiastic about it. Since the food isn’t great, yet extremely expensive, I would recommend the bottle of wine.
Between 8.00 and 8.30 the first fadista starts to sing. The lights are dimmed and two musicians and a fadista take over the small centre of the place. Because it is so small, the waitresses cannot serve during the three songs the fadista sings. After the three songs, the lights are turned back on, the waitresses check the tables again and fifteen minutes later another fadista turns up to sing three more songs. This goes on all evening and we have experienced that the later it gets, the better the fadistas sing.
The waiteresses are moody and grumpy, the food is very meager and too expensive, but the atmosphere and the fadistas are fabulous. I would therefore recommend to call for a reservation for around 9.00 PM, have dinner at a decent restaurant and then come to Parreirinha de Alfana to order a bottle of wine and enjoy the fantastic Fado.
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