The Roaring Twenties in Lisbon

Wed, 28.11.2018

Exploring the luxurious nightclubs in Lisbon during the 20’s

On the last tour on the 28th of November, our Portuguese Language school organized a walking tour about the nightclubs.

As usual, Indira Leão, our history teacher guided us on this tour. After the 1st World War people started to face life as something ephemeral and that had to be lived intensely. It was definitely a time of excesses: with the high consumption of alcohol and drugs. This changing of mentalities also shocked the Portuguese conservative society of that time. The nightclubs were seen as spots of sin and addiction by the most conservative people.

We started in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão. On this street we visited Casa do Alentejo (old Monumental Club), the Bristol Club and the old Palace Club.

Casa do Alentejo was a 17th century Palace of the Viscounts of Alverca. Since 1920 worked as the Monumental Club. Here, people danced the Foxtrot and the Charleston. The mixture of the architectonic styles in this place surprised and amazed all of us.

The Bristol Club was the most discreet nightclub. It worked between 1918 until 1928. It was mostly frequented by Portuguese intellectuals as José de Almada Negreiros.

The Palace Club was inaugurated in 1917 and it was closed in 1920. In this nightclub a French adventuress, Charlotte introduced the consumption and sale of coke. Nowadays the building is the Câmara do Comércio e da Indústria Portuguesa.

Lastly we went to Palácio Foz, where was the Maximin’s. It was the most expensive and selective nightclub. It is a 19th century palace and worked as a nightclub since 1919 until 1930.

At the end of the tour, we went to a nice esplanade in Casa do Alentejo!

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Reviving the environment of the nightclubs

The glorious Roaring Twenties characterized most of the western countries after the 1st World War. In the bigger cities as New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin and London rich people lived life to the fullest. The nightclubs spread and entertained people with the Charleston and Jazz rhythms. Despite the conservatism of the Portuguese society of that time, the Roaring Twenties attracted attention in Lisbon.

Are you interested in knowing more about this frenetic time? Join us on our next tour on the 28th of November! Indira Leão, our history teacher will guide us in this walking tour.

We’ll start in Casa do Alentejo in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão. This street had the most luxurious nightclubs in Lisbon. Casa do Alentejo was built in the 17th century as a Palace by Miguel Paes do Amaral, Viscount of Alverca. It was turned into the first casino of Lisbon in 1919. It was called the Casino Majestic. However, in 1920 it was forced to change its name to Monumental Club due to the prohibition of the casino games.

Then, we’ll visit the old Bristol Club. It was the most discreet nightclub. It was opened in 1918 in an architectural style very similar to the Monumental. Mário de Freitas Ribeiro, the owner of the Bristol decorated it with Portuguese works of Art.

The Palace Club was inaugurated in 1917. Nowadays it’s the building of Câmara do Comércio e Indústria Portuguesa. Here it was introduced the sale of cocaine.

Lastly, we’ll visit the old Maximin’s in Palácio Foz. It was the most sumptuous nightclubs in Lisbon. It worked as a nightclub since 1919 until 1930.

At the end we’ll socialize in a nice esplanade!

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