Sao Paulo nightlife
is great. You know that saying “the city that never sleeps...”?
New York, right? Well, the phrase
also fits Sao Paulo like a glove.
When you have one of the largest city in
the world, the largest in the Southern hemisphere combined with a vibrant business
atmosphere, plus a sophisticated and eclectic people you get a city where
entertainment is big, plentiful
and varied, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Nightlife in Sao Paulo
is not going to let you rest a single night. To help you get an idea of
your choices, we have made a selection of bars, restaurants and clubs. We have
been to some of them and the others we researched among our friends and
family. After some consideration and debate during happy hour, we came up
with this list.
There are hundreds of
other choices that are certainly worthy trying. So, feel free to go out
and discover by yourself the night treasures of Sao Paulo.
So here goes Brazil-Travelnet Guide to Sao Paulo nightlife.
Filial – Casual chic, bohemian style.
A great bar to end the night. Filial’s
Caipirinha de frutas vermelhas (red fruits) is delicious. Rua Fidalga,
254, Vila Madalena, Phone: 3813–9226. 5PM/2:30AM (Friday until 3:30M;
Saturday 12AM/3:30AM; Sunday 4PM/1AM).
Bar do Sacha
A relaxed atmosphere. The costela
assada no bafo (steam
roasted ribs) is a must try. Rua Original, 89,
Vila Madalena, Phone: 3815-7665.
Piraja – Happy
hour. Try the croquete de
abóbora recheado de carne–seca (pumpkin with meat) or bolinhos de polenta
com rabada also (a
small cake served with meat). Their chope
(beer) is great. Avenida Brigadeiro Faria
Lima, 64, Pinheiros, Phone: 3815-6881.
Feitico da Vila
- If you want a taste of live MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) with acclaimed
songs by Brazilian music masters as Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento,
Gilberto Gil and Chico Buarque, to name a few, this is the place to go on
Fridays. The artists start playing at 10PM but if you want a table you had
better get there by 10PM at the most. After that, the bar gets crowded.
Besides, there is a cover charge. Before 10PM, the cover charge is R$ 6.00
for women and R$ 10.00 for men. After 10PM,
it is R$ 12.00 for everybody. While enjoying the music and rehearsing some
Brazilian dance steps, you will feel hungry. By the way, the sandwiches
are named after the artists. For instance, the delicious “Milton
Nascimento” sandwich is made of dried meat (carne seca, very popular in
Brazil), cheese and tomato in French bread (R$ 12.00). Try the Picanha
(special Brazilian beef cut) appetizer for R$ 22.00. Once in Brazil, you
have to try the Caipirinha, Caipiroska and Caipisaque. I mean, one of them
at a time, not al of them mixed together. They have them all at Feitico da
Villa. Cheers! Rua Inacio Pereira da Rocha, 618 – Vila Madalena – phone:
Na Mata Cafe
– A good place to drink
and dance to live and DJ
Rua da Mata, 70, Itaim Bibi, Phone 3079-0300.
Various environments combining
a club, a bar,
a clothing store and a beauty parlor. Rua
Fradique Coutinho, 352, Pinheiros, Phone: 3085-7867
(Open at 6PM).
Asia 70 -
One of the hottest spots in
Sao Paulo to dance and drink. Praca Procopio Ferreira s/no. Brooklin,
Phone: 5506-4903 (9:30PM Thursday through Saturday).
Fogo de Chao
– Is a rodizio, a very fancy and sophisticated type of
a all you can eat restaurant, specializing in meats of all types. There is
a small army of servers constantly moving throughout the restaurant with
skewers of meat fresh from the fire who will cut exactly what you want
right onto your plate. The key here is to only eat very small amounts of
each meat so that you can try everything. The waiters speak English
and are dressed as gauchos (natives of Rio
Grande do Sul state, and they
know everything there is to know about meat). It
is a paradise for meat lovers, however it is
expensive, but undoubtedly,
the best place there is to sample luscious meats
of all kinds. Three locations: Avenida dos
Bandeirantes, 538 – Brooklin - Phone: 5505–0791; Avenida Moreira
Guimaraes, 964 – Moema – Phone: 5056–179 and Avenida Santo Amaro, 6824 -
Santo Amaro – Phone: 5524-0500.
– We love food from the state of Minas Gerais
and so do a great many
other people, so prepare for the lines.
But be sure it’s well
worth it! Praca Benedito Calixto 74, Pinheiros, Phone 3064-3882.
For Italian food,
this is one of the best restaurants we have ever been
to. The service is impeccable, the food and wine are excellent. But
since it is an upscale restaurant, it is expensive. But you are on
vacation, so splurge a little. Reservations until 9PM. Rua Vitorio Fasano,
88 (Hotel Fasano), Jardim Paulista, Phone: 3062–4000 e 3896–4000. Closed
– Arab. Good food, better price. Rua Oscar
Freire , 523, Cerqueira Cesar, Phone: 3085-6916 and Rua Basilio da Gama,
70, Centro, Phone: 3257-7580
– Pizza. Rumor has it that Sao Paulo has the
best pizza in the world, even better than in
Italy. Well, we don’t know if it is true, but Speranza is certainly a
place that lives up to
the rumor. Rua Treze de Maio, 1004, Bela Vista.
Phone: 3288-8502 and Avenida Sabia, 786, Moema, Phone: 5051-1229 e