Maus Hábitos: ‘a space of cultural intervention’ very much lives up to its name. It’s a cosy cultural hub that seamlessly transforms from workspace to gallery and from gallery to cocktail bar and nightclub. Who says you can’t have it all?
It’s the type of place that, unless you do your research, you would have to stumble upon completely by chance. Through an unassuming entrance on Rua de Passos Manuel, you take a lift up four floors, passing a large car park on your way, and there you’ll find yourself at the top of one of Porto’s most impressive Art Deco buildings. Its long windows let in the red neon lights from the Coliseu, (the theatre and music venue on the other side of the road), throwing Maus Hábitos’ sleek, main space into another era.
Usually open from noon until 2am (and later on the weekend), Maus Hábitos puts on all kinds of exhibitions, hosts talks and screens films all the while serving fresh and wholesome food and drinks at very reasonable prices. All this can be enjoyed in the simply but stylishly designed main room with parquet flooring and a choice of deep sofas, long benches or monochrome 50s style chairs to perch on. Or, if you prefer, you can go outside into the courtyard to soak up some rays in the bright Moroccan Riad-style garden with its electric blue walls and dreamily hanging plants.
Once the sun sets, the music gets turned up a notch and Maus Hábitos becomes the perfect spot for a casual after work drink. And then, a little while later, tables are rearranged and space is made for whichever band or DJ is on that night. Suddenly, what was once the dining area is now the dance floor. Past the garden, through a glass walled corridor lined with cushioned benches, another room opens making for a spacious and varied venue. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch in a beautiful spot, a little culture, or a big night out, Maus Hábitos is sure to deliver.
R. de Passos Manuel 178, 4º Piso
Photos by Daniel Pires