Os loucos Anos 20 em Lisboa

Tue, 01.10.2019

Exploring the bohemian facet of Lisbon during the 20’s

On the last 1st of October, our Portuguese language school organized a walking tour about Os loucos Anos 20 in Lisbon.

Os loucos Anos 20, Portuguese expression for the roaring twenties, was a time of cultural and social changes. After the 1st World War, people realized that life was too short, and it had to be lived to the fullest. Therefore, the nightclubs, the drugs and the music: Charleston and Foxtrot spread throughout the western countries. Portugal wasn’t an exception.

Indira Leão, our history teacher, showed us the most popular nightclubs in Lisbon during the 20’s. The glamorous nightlife in Lisbon was reserved for the wealthy elite. The majority of the population in the capital was starving and ill. Bairro das Minhocas in Campo Grande was one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Lisbon.

We started at Casa do Alentejo. It was a palace until the ends of the 19th century. The space was inaugurated in 1919 as Casino Majestic. However, in 1920 it had to change the name to Monumental Club because of the prohibition of casino games. The nightclub was frequented by Maria de Lurdes Sá Teixeira, first Portuguese female be able to get the aviation brevet.

Then, we went to the old Bristol Club. It was the most discreet and intellectual nightclub. It worked between 1918 and 1928. The Portuguese artist José de Almada Negreiros was a regular costumer.

The Palace club was the most sumptuous. Opened since 1917, here a French adventuress called Charlotte introduced the consumption of cocaine.

Lastly, we visited the Maximin’s old nightclub in Palácio Foz. Inaugurated in 1919, it was the most expensive.

After the walking tour, we went to the patio of Casa do Alentejo.


Reviving the environment of Os loucos Anos 20

Os Loucos Anos 20 is the Portuguese expression to describe all the social and cultural changes that occurred after the 1st World War. The 20’s was a time of changings but also of exaggerations, with the nightclubs, and the alcohol and drug abuse. Despite the conservatism of Portuguese society of the time, Lisbon was influenced by this bohemian environment. We’ll have the opportunity to learn more about this topic on the next 1st of October.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will accompany us in this walking tour about os loucos anos 20 em Lisboa. We’ll start in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão. During the 20’s this street was known for its bars and nightclubs. Here, we’ll visit Casa do Alentejo, once the Palace of the Viscounts of Alverca. It worked as the Monumental Club, one of the most famous nightclubs in Lisbon. Characterized by the mixture of architectonical styles, this place will definitely surprise you.

Then, we’ll go to the old Bristol Club. It worked as a nightclub between 1918 until 1928. Intellectuals as José de Almada Negreiros, frequented it. The owner of the nightclub decorated it with master pieces.

The Palace club worked until 1920. Nowadays the building belongs to Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Portuguesa. It was here that a French adventuress called Charlotte started the selling and consumption of cocaine.

At last, we’ll go to Palácio Foz, where was the Maxime Club, the most expensive night place in the capital. It worked as a nightclub between 1919 until 1930.

After the walking tour, we’ll gather in a nice esplanade!

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to explore os loucos anos 20 em Lisboa!

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