Porto is about wine. This city in Northern Portugal is bursting with places to taste and drink local wine.
Simple corner bars, trendy local spots, high-end wine bars, natural wine bars, port wine houses in Gaia and official wine tasting establishments are among the choices.
To get a complete wine experience in Porto, follow my recommendations of the best wine bars in Porto.
Old-fashioned local corner bars and restaurants are good places to have a glass of the house white (“branco“) or red (“tinto“) tand pair it with a simple traditional bacalao dish or roasted chicken(“frango”).
You will be served a generous glass of simple but good Portuguese table wine or port for 1 to 2 euros. Enjoy food and friendly atmosphere. However, do not expect a wide choice of wines here.
For more selection and professional wine advice, try out one of these specialized wine bars in Porto.
1. Capela Incomum
This little bar with only 6 tables is a former family chapel dedicated to Saint Anthony. His figure is carved on the wooden altar.
Tucked away from the tourist crowds, Capela Incomum offers a solid dry wine list, an extensive selection of port, and high-quality tapas and snacks.
The staff is very knowledgeable to recommend a wine to your taste.
The price of wine by the glass ranges from 3.50 to 5 euros. Reservations are a must, as seating is limited and the place is popular among locals and tourists alike.
Phone: +351 936 129 050
Prova is a specialized wine bar near Palacio da Bolsa on the border of the Ribeira neighbourhood. Founded by a sommelier Diogo Amado, the bar has a wide selection of Portuguese dry wines from various regions, ports and beers.
You can choose the style of wine you like, for example, fruity and young, and the sommelier will offer a local wine for you to taste.
My favourite bite at Prova is hot chicken pies (3.50 euro for two) which pair well with Bairrada sparkling wine at 4.50 per flute as well as the Dao region reds.
Prova is about calm sophisticated atmosphere with subtle jazz music in the background. Truly, it is one of the best wine experiences in Porto.
Phone: +351 916 499 121
I asked three locals about their favourite bar in Porto and they all said Aduela. My friend Luis always stops there for a drink before dinner in town.
Aduela is known for its friendly atmosphere and good wines. A buzzing place with a terrace, inexpensive drinks and some of the best simple Portuguese tapas. Besides wine, there is also a good selection of beer. “We serve almost everything” is the bar motto.
Locals and expats mix up nicely here. There is space for everyone at Aduela.
Also, it is a great value – wine prices range from 2 to 4 euros per glass.
Address: R. Das Oliveiras 36, 4050-448 Porto
Another local gem Candelabro is a wine bar with a bohemian vibe. This bar and cafe also sells books. Candelabro offers a good selection of wine and cocktails at reasonable prices. Cool soundtrack.
Order at the bar and grab a seat outside to enjoy people watching. Apparently, this bar is also a favourite first date spot.
Wine prices: 3 to 5 euros per glass.
Address: Rua da Conceição 3, 4050-215 Porto
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5. Wine Quay Bar
This small bar has a fantastic terrace with views across the Douro River to the port wine houses at Vila Nova de Gaia and the Dom Luis Bridge. Very good selection of local wines and delicious bites. Their warm bread is the best I have ever tasted.
I recommend getting a table outside during sunset hour. You will be in the centre of the riverside buzz, but comfortably private.
Bring some cash as credit cards are not accepted.
Phone: + 351 22 208 0119
6. Taberna Folias de Baco
Taberna Folias de Baco is a bar and restaurant famous for the natural wine selection and local foods from the Douro Valley.
The winemaker Tiago Sampaio opened the restaurant to offer simple local quality food that is paired with natural wines produced from manually harvested organic vineyards near Porto.
Reservations are highly recommended.
Phone: +351 22 320 5226
7. The Wine Box
This wine bar has over 500 Portuguese and international wines by glass attracting a lot of international clientele.
Order your food through an iPad – indulge in cheese and meat platters, Galician-style octopus, mini-burghers, or bacalao (codfish) balls. Food is delicious and the presentation is nice.
The bar gets busy especially on Friday and Saturday nights. It is advisable to make a reservation.
Phone: +351 925 197 725
Enjoy your wine bar crawl in Porto!
If you are interested in more formal guided wine tastings, also see Where to Go for a Wine Tasting in Porto.