On January 3 RTP confirmed that EuroClub would be located in Cais do Sodré — a chic, waterfront neighbourhood of Lisbon. And today organisers revealed the exact location: the night club Lust in Rio!
On its official Facebook page, the venue’s PR team describe it as being perfect for those who love “an elegant and refined atmosphere” and boasts that the recently renovated space is “already recognized as the best space in the capital and one of the best in the country.”
It’s official! @lust_in_rio_oficial, one of Lisbon’s most in demand night clubs will be home to the #euroclub. Opening on May 4, you’ll be able to grab a drink before and after the shows. ??? According to RTP, this year EuroClub will only be open to accredited fans, press, staff and delegations. #eurovision #eurovision2018 #allaboard #lustinrio
The club is known for having themed evenings with live DJs, and is normally open from midnight until 6am, though we fully expect the venue to open earlier during the EuroClub residency.
We can confirm that EuroClub will be open from 4 May until 12 May. The official RTP notice on EuroClub says it will be a gathering place “for all accredited fans, staff, press and delegations.”
Cais do Sodré’s rise from seedy riverside district to trendy hotspot has been well-documented by the media.
In recent years it has become an epicentre of cool dotted with chic bars, popular clubs and elegant restaurants — all within steps of the Tagus River.
Eurovision fans have already pointed out that the area isn’t particularly close to Altice Arena. According to Google Maps it’ll take Eurofans at least 30 minutes to travel from the arena to the Cais do Sodré train station and metro stations.
EuroClubbers looking for some grub after a long day of work will be thrilled to know the area is home to Mercado da Ribeira — a massive food court with canteen-style communal tables.
Its endless stalls serve everything from seafood to hamburgers to sushi to traditional Portuguese tarts. And best of all it’s open late (until midnight Sunday to Wednesday and until 2am from Thursday to Saturday).
It’s also a short walk to Praça do Comércio, which will host Eurovision Village.
Eurovision Village, a key gathering point for fans during the Eurovision Song Contest, hosts live performances from Eurovision artists throughout the Eurovision fortnight.
It’s a great place for people to soak in the atmosphere of the event, regardless of whether they have tickets to the actual competition or access to EuroClub. It’s also a great way to mix with locals.