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Nightlife in São Paulo

São Paulo is famed for its lively nightlife and countless bars. Traditionalists will want to relax with beers in quiet, historical bars like Bar Brahma in the centre, while party lovers might prefer the busy bars in Jardins and Pinheiros and all-night clubs in Vila Olímpia. Start the night with cachaças (cane liquor) at Cachaçaria Paulista, then head to dance club D-Edge. Most places close when the last customer leaves.

Café Piu Piu, São Paulo. Photo by Antonio Carlos de Campos Castejón Branco
Kia Ora, São Paulo. Courtesy of Kia Ora
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Kia Ora

Piece of New Zealand

Kia Ora promotes itself as a Down Under pub experience, with Maori carvings on the walls, and Fosters and other drinks from New Zealand and Australia. Young paulistanos (locals) and expatriates come here for the regular bands and lively crowds.



Address

377, Dr Eduardo de Souza Aranha, Itaim Bibi, São Paulo 04543-121

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 3846-8300

Transport

Taxi

Website

Kia Ora Website

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Cachaçaria Paulista

Cachaça cane-liquor specialist

Pinheiros' Cachaçaria Paulista is the place to try cachaça, with over 200 varieties of the famous Brazilian cane spirit to choose from. If drinking it straight is too much, try it poured over ice with sugar and lime (a caipirinha).



Address

593, Rua Mourato Coelho, Pinheiros, São Paulo 05417-001

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 3815 4756

Transport

Taxi

Website

Cachaçaria Paulista Website

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Bar Brahma

Beer and conversation

Since 1948, Bar Brahma in the city centre has been the meeting place for intellectuals, musicians and theatre goers. The chandeliers illuminate the crowds that gather to chat, drink beer and listen to live music.



Address

677, Avenida São João, São Paulo 01036-000

Telephone

+54 (0) 11 3333 0855

Transport

Republica metro

Website

Bar Brahma Website

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Azucar

Salsa and merengue moves

Salsa, merengue, and other Latin beats draws an attractive crowd of 25- to 45-year-olds crowd to Cuban club Azucar, in Jardins. It's the place to go on Mondays and the free salsa and merengue classes every Wednesday are popular too.



Address

423, R. Dr. Mário Ferraz, São Paulo 01453-011

Telephone

+55 11 3078 3130

Transport

Estação Cidade Jardim

Website

Azucar Website

Pacha, São Paulo. Photo by Augusto Mestieri, courtesy of Pacha
5

Pacha

From Ibiza to Brazil

Famed Ibizan brand Pacha doesn't let Brazil's clubbing capital down. The in-crowd makes the trek out to Vila Leopoldina where the tunes are spun by Brazilian and international DJs and one of the dance floors is under the stars.



Address

829, Rua Mergenthaler, Vila Leopoldina, São Paulo 05311-030

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 2189 3700

Transport

Taxi

Website

Pacha Website

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D-Edge

Dance-music heaven

D-Edge is an ultra-modern dance music club in Barra Funda. It attracts top international and Brazilian DJs, and despite its popularity, the club retains an authentic "underground" feel. Expect progressive house, techno and trance several nights a week.



Address

170, Alameda Olga, Barra Funda, São Paulo 01155-040

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 3667 8334

Transport

Barra Funda metro

Website

D-Edge Website

Sala São Paulo, São Paulo. © Jefferson Pancieri/SPTuris
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Sala São Paulo

Classical music concerts

Located in the former great hall of the Júlio Prestes train station in Luz, the Sala São Paulo is today a vibrant cultural centre. It is also home to the São Paulo Symphony, which programmes regular concerts here.



Address

16, Praça Júlio Prestes, São Paulo 01218-020

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 3367 9500

Transport

Luz metro

Website

Sala São Paulo Website

8

Bourbon Street Music Club

Jazz and bossa nova

It can be hard to find a club in Brazil with blues and jazz on offer. However, Moema's sophisticated Bourbon Street Music Club presents live jazz, bossa nova and relaxed music most nights, including performances by many renowned artists.



Address

127, Rua dos Chanés, Moema, São Paulo 04087-031

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 5095 6100

Café Piu Piu, São Paulo. Photo by Antonio Carlos de Campos Castejón Branco
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Café Piu Piu

Community dance venue

Café Piu Piu has been a popular meeting and dance venue in Bela Vista for years. A mixed roster of artists plays anything from Brazilian music such as samba, MPB (Brazilian popular music) and choro to rock and jazz.



Address

134, Rua Treze de Maio, São Paulo 01327-000

Telephone

+55 (0) 11 3258 8066

Transport

Anhangabau metro

Website

Café Piu Piu Website

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