This is the historic Institute of Port – located at Rua São Pedro de Alcântara 45, 1250 in Lisbon Portugal. What a selection of ports – ranging from young wines to those over 50 years old – and reasonably priced by International standards. Portugal is the home of Port and what better place to start your drinking then with a visit here. The institute was founded in 1947 – it is a homey place to sit around in pale leather chairs and pale green decor visiting with friends and drinking fine desert wines. Come here on a full stomach after a dinner at one of the nearby restaurants and whittle away the rest of the evening enjoying the wine and the company.
A substantial menu lists many different types of ports, vintages, non vintages and 20, 30 and even 40 year old set selections. Small appetizers are also offered but from a quick glance at the menu, the focus is certainly on the Ports. Tables will say reserved when you enter – these are probably “opened” up if it becomes crowded, rather than being actually reserved. Waiting at the entrance no matter how long it takes is crucial to stay on friendly terms with the older wait staff. An oddly placed bathroom entrance sits right next to several of the lounges where people are drinking. The environment is not stuffy. Open Monday through Saturday – closed Sundays.