A Paródia opened its doors only two days after the 25 April revolution in 1974, taking its name from a publication by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. The caricaturist and ceramicist is present in both attitude and details – from the engravings to the menu. This was the third space opened by Luís Pinto Coelho, who owned an antiques shop at this location. That shop had already been a meeting place and the bars A Paródia and Procópio went on to play pivotal roles in the pro-revolution cultural salons in the city. Once the dicatorial regime had fallen, it made complete sense to officialise the encounters and to turn the shop into a bar where an open mind was welcome; although the door always remained closed – a question of charm and protocol.
It remained a haunt of politicians, writers, artists and journalists. In 1976 Pinto Coelho sold it to one of his best barmen, Albino Viralhada. He in turn later sold it to a loyal customer, José Mariano Baptista, who asked his son (Pedro Baptista) to manage the bar for him. Pedro met his future wife and the current hostess there, Filipa Carlos.
Cocktails and wines.