Located in one of the best and most unusual pieces of public transportation anywhere in the world, the Lift Club is a small, hidden nightclub with seriously good views over Lisbon’s center. The Santa Justa Elevator is the 1902 engineering-creation of Raul Ponsard, an apprentice to Gustave Eiffel who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The elevator in Lisbon is a beautiful structure – and very useful in that it whisks you quickly from the downtown Baixa area up the steep hill to Carmo Square and the Chiado district.
At its top is the Bella Lisa Elevador Pizzeria restaurant, which on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday nights after midnight becomes the Lift Club. The space is small so they only allow in around 300 people a night. The secret to getting through the door is to dress well, charm the doorman, or try to get yourself on the list through their Facebook page (Lift Club). Once you’re inside it’s all about the cocktails, the beautiful people, and that view. This is Lisbon at its most hip. Enjoy!