So named because it occupies a space in a building formerly used by the Ministry of Finance, this dance club is also makes use of some pretty nifty 18th-century architecture, not least a beautiful vaulted ceiling that lends it a classical appearance. Clever use of lighting heightens Ministerium’s historical design aspect. The music, though, is as modern as it gets, with a soundtrack of seriously cool techno-electronica spun by some of Portugal’s savviest DJs. Respected international DJs also guest here.
Throughout the day Ministerium wears a different hat, that of a chef with its Cantina restaurant. Serving lunches and dinners, the eatery’s outlook over Praça do Comércio, Lisbon’s largest square, ensures a steady clientele. It’s only on Saturday nights, when the club doors open, that the all-night party kicks in.