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“Magical Dining Experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto

BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto
R. Rosa, 107 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-382, Portugal
+351 21 346 1182
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Ranked #2 of 2,363 Restaurants in Lisbon
Price range: $20 - $122
Cuisines: Tapas, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: More than 150 wines by the glass. Port wine flights. One of the best selections of portuguese cheeses, and charcuterie, combined in mixed boards. Handmade canned fish delights. Rare and old Port and Madeira wines collection, also by the glass. Please note: this is a small and informal traditional wine bar with tapas of cheese and charcuterie that does NOT have any cooked meals; opens around 6pm and starts closing at 11pm, therefore the options breakfast/brunch and late night do not apply; closes on Mondays. Thank you.
Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Magical Dining Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I was in Lisbon in November staying just a few doors down from BA Wine Bar on Rua da Rosa. I had walked by here several times since I would always walk down Rua da Rosa to get to the Chiado area. I finally decided to wander into this tiny amazing place. I had no idea I was in for a quintessential treat of Portuguese vinho.

I walked in on a Tuesday night. It was not as busy as the other nights I had passed by. However, there are only about 8-10 tables at the most (maybe not even that many) and once it's full it is tough to get in. But there was plenty of space for me on that Tuesday night.

One gentleman came over quickly to greet me. He was so knowledgeable about the wine selections and the wine list is extensive so this was quite impressive to me. After that, another young woman approached my table to see how I was doing with my selections. I told her about the wines I was thinking about and she offered additional recommendations based on some characteristics I told her I like in my wines.

What she did next was to bring 2 wines for me to taste - 1 that I was thinking of ordering and 1 other that she was suggesting. I thought this was going to be a one time thing, but we went through 4 rounds of tastings for each glass selection! I was thoroughly delighted by this. This was truly the royal treatment to be able to sample so many different glasses. That is what is so special about the place - everything on the extensive list is available by the glass unlike most places you go to that have a beautiful selection, but perhaps 20 wines (or less) that are offered by the glass. It is a unique concept.

The food is also extraordinary. It is more of a tapas selection, or petiscos, as they enjoy in Portugal (similar concept to tapas). I had some of the pickled fish since Portugal is famous for their seafood selections - it was so incredibly tasty! I also tried the most amazing charcuterie and cheese plate. The charcuterie is the best I have ever tasted... better than anything I ever tried in Spain or France. They have a special kind that comes from the black pig. The black pig eats only acorns and depending on which part of the pig you are eating, you can taste a bit of a nutty flavor. There was one in particular that I would be happy enjoying for my last supper... it was a little fatty, but flavorful, and the meat just melted on my tastebuds. My goodness, I cannot wait to return to Lisbon simply to try the charcuterie once again.

The young woman who was helping me also offered an extensive explanation about all of the wine regions in Portugal. I had no idea that the entire country is practically a wine region! This is some of the best service I have ever received because they took the time to get to know your tastes, what your palate enjoys, and to educate you about every flavor that you are taking in.

I tried returning on my last night, but the restaurant was full for the entire evening. I was hanging out at the bar next door and the owner came in to say hello to her neighbors. When she saw me there she apologized so much for not having a table available. I felt so welcomed by these people and that was so kind of her to apologize. She did not have to do that. But that's what is amazing about these people... it is just an extension and further example of the amazing service they have.

When you go to Lisbon, go to BA Wine Bar. The food and wine combinations are a truly unforgettable experience. I am missing this place tremendously and cannot wait to return!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Coming from the states, we made our reservation months in advance based on all the stellar reviews. After a long day of exploring many of the hills of Lisbon, we arrived for dinner 2 hrs before our actual reservation. Thankfully, they were happy to accommodate us. The staff was very friendly and quite knowledgeable! We enjoyed many delicious wines, cheeses, and meats from all the different regions of Portugal..it was a wonderful dining experience, our favorite while in Lisbon. We highly reccomend checking this spot out!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Go and visit! ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is an absolute must when visiting Lisbon-very friendly and knowledgeable service! A bit on the pricy side - but well worth it for a special outing during holidays! The only improvement point for me would be to offer one warm home cooked dish - I love cheese and sausages but as the whole restaurant is so friendly and Portuguese orientated - a warm Portuguese dish would have been welcomed! Thanks for a lovely, interesting and special evening!

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Grenoble, France
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Perfect Evening!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

BA Wine Bar was the perfect place for a fun meal and fabulous wine amongst friends. We also had a fascinating lecture on Portuguese cork. I recommend it without hesitation.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food

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“Welcoming, intelligent, sophisticated”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

BA Wine Bar is located on a narrow street in the evocative, historic, hilly area of Lisbon, from which it takes its name. The place is tiny, but the welcome is big. Both servers spoke excellent English and the place had great contemporary style. We went before dinner, so were there early and had no trouble having the seat of our choice. We had signed up for a restaurant reservation service similar to Open Table in the US and booked online, with no trouble. We are both experienced wine drinkers and wanted to taste Portugal's sparkling wine. We asked for advice and were completely satisfied with the two very different bubblies we selected. One, a rose, was made by a woman winemaker. We had a beautifully displayed selection of excellent cured meats (and I've lived in Parma, Italy!) If I get back to Lisbon, which at my age is unfortunately not a certainty, I would definitely return. Lisbon was a wonderful experience, with a taste of the way Europe was two decades ago, and BA Wine Bar was a lovely combination of the contemporary spirit of youthful Lisbon with the sense of the eternal of this city that is so important in the history of the West, but often is overlooked by travelers.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food

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