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  • In Sete Rios, away from the more touristy area of downtown baixa and the old traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, Magnetic Bar and Restaurant offers a cool outdoor terrace that is perfect to take a break from the city. I first came across Magnetic through work when we changed to a new office — it’s right next door — and was pleasantly surprised by its modern and stylish look. They have a large room inside and a second floor which can be booked for events and parties. The outdoor terrace is the real gem though. Hidden between tall office buildings, it is a pleasant space where to wind down after a day’s work. It has bean bags and modern plastics tables and chairs on one side and wooden tables with long benches and large garden sun umbrellas on the other. Magnetic has a selection of cocktails if that’s what you fancy or you can order beer buckets instead. They also serve food: burgers, pizzas, steaks and assorted tapas.

  • It’s located between Sete Rios and Praça de Espanha and it used to be an establishment for the production of girdles and corsets. Its size coupled with the external terrace apt for aperitifs and the two floor lunch­/dinner space give it a distinctive characteristic from other restaurant/cafe/lounge­ bars in Lisbon. The decor has a contrast of wrought-­iron pipes on the ceiling and the lamps with the grey coloured walls/floors. There is also a playful range of warm colours given by the paintings and led­ lights.

    Rui and I sat outside on the ground­floor lounge ­bar area, which is surrounded by canes and has puffs and comfortable seating. We ordered our usual G&T, but they also had a choice of Sangria with Champagne and seasonal fruit, mint or cinnamon and surely a good selection of cocktails too.

    Judging by our drinks, the barman must be very skillful. Being located just around the corner from Rui’s office, we thought it would be a place we will be using often for our afterwork aperitifs. I had a chat with the most appealing and friendly member of staff as I do wherever I go to a new place. This time I had the chance to meet Jardel Andrade, a member of staff who was more than collaborative in answering my questions. Apparently, apart from his job he is a dancer and traceur @MóH LókZ. What a discovery! He is Brazilian and moved to Lisbon when he was only 13 years old. Quite surprisingly when I asked him what would be his dream job, he replied: “I wanna be a DJ”!

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