LISBON // Zazah Rooftop Bar & Restaurant


Lisbon Art Center & Studios (LACS) is not just any old cowork space. It is a creative hub located in the burgeoning area of Alcantera with a variety of cultural programming, and a killer a rooftop with 360º views of the city and Tagus river.

From the people who opened the Rio resto-bar at Príncipe Reale, Zazah is an open-plan rooftop patio with an interior restaurant.  The rooftop space was so large -- more than 1,000 square meters -- that they decided to split it into two very distinct and separate spaces.  Hence the creation of the cocktail bar, Zazah, a seemingly never-ending lounge bar with unobstructed views of the river and Lisbon city center, with Okah directly adjacent as the contemporary Asian restaurant.

There are seven containers, each with space for 15 people, painted in a vibrant sunny orange. And in between are scattered many a lounge chair, stool, or bistro table where you can nibble on snacks and sip a cocktail or two while the sun sets behind the 25 de Abrile bridge.

Cais Rocha Conde de Óbidos
1350-352 Lisboa

(+351) 914 110 791

PALERMO // Fud Bocs


It's not easy to find this diamond in the rough. Squeezed somewhere between Palermo's newly refurbished marina and their sprawling waterfront of family sports-filled soccer fields and playgrounds, Fud Bocs feels like you're at a mini resort -- only there are no hotel rooms and you are at the mouth of one of Europe's oldest ports.

Fud Bocs is itself a food truck (or food trailer, as it were) which is the first thing that you see upon entering this little cocktail oasis.  The menu is a simple assortment of fish or beef burgers & tacos, and hand-cut fries.  We indulged in the deluxe fried squid burger with a custom relish that is so mouth-watering, I am having a hard time writing this sentence without my mouth filling with saliva.

Immediately adjacent is a small stage with dance area, surrounded by sofas, lounge chairs, and a variety of pallets-come-seating arrangements. Directly along the water there is a beach with even more palletted seating, along with a couple of bars and then a deck extending over the water with proper tables and chairs.  Not to be forgotten is the WWII pill box (or machine gun bunker, for those who are less in-the-know on war jargon), empty for now but likely full of stories we may never hear.  

At night the space sparkles with lanterns and pendant lighting, while the stars twinkle above. 

Piazza Olivella, 4
90133 Palermo, Italy
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PALERMO // Botteghe Colletti


So you really need to go to this bar.  Don't even bother reading the rest of this post.  I mean, I would definitely like you to do so.  But it's not necessary.  Because Botteghe Colletti is the bar you need to go to when you are in Palermo.

There.  Are we done?  No? Ok.  I'll keep going.

Red theatrical curtains, old wooden cabinets and flickering candles in old gin bottles.  Located in a former haberdashery established in 1907, this dive bar is always busy and apparently, it's also always open.  Even if you come at the brink of aperitivo hour (usually around 7pm), you will be hard pressed to find a place to sit -- whether inside or out.  And when it's after 10pm?  Forget about it.  Standing room only.  But you will want to get there for aperitivo, because the home-cooked goodies are simply delish. 

We were greeted by nothing but warmth from owner Vincenzo (that's him in the cover photo above), whose presence is always felt even if he isn't immediately visible.  And the bar's energy is almost palpable, because everyone seems to be in such a good mood.

Via Alessandro Paternostro
Palermo, Italy
+39 327 925 9307

PALERMO // Tatum Art Jazz Lounge


Tatum Art is as difficult to find as it is to research on-line, however their Facebook page pretty much sums it up: "Un luogo dedicato al buon bere a alla grande musica"  (a place dedicated to good drink and amazing music).  Quietly located on one of many narrow, winding streets of the up-and-coming Abergheria district, we stumbled upon this hot-spot while it was prepping for another evening of -- you guessed it -- good drink and amazing music.

Indeed, the cocktail menu is extensive as is their wine list.  But what was fun was their old-school style aperitivo buffet which had an assortment of salumi, formaggi, pizze and bruchette -- until after 1am, I might add.  This is unfortunately the exception and no longer the norm.

Ah but then the music.  So good.  So so good.  We were lucky to listen to two different jazz bands and by the time we left close to 2am, there wasn't a free seat in the house. 

Via dell'Università 38
Palermo, Italy
+39 349 441 9873

MOMENT OF // silver foil EYES