The club scene in Salvador is limited to the small Salvador’s elite. Almost all the clubs offer live music too and only few of them leave djs take over completely of the dance floor. Fashion Club is the classic club in Salvador with a bit of everything. Two floors, big dance floor for a college crowd. Djs stage and live music. Age 18-25. Get there 10pm or queue.
Dress Code: Dress up
Tucked away on the waterfront next to the Trapiche Adelaide, this bar boasts a sweeping view of the Bay of All Saints, making it a prime sunset spot, particularly on Thursday and Friday afternoons during happy hour. It's a popular hangout for the 30-something yuppie crowd who will be here long after the sun goes down. Open at 18:00hrs.
Dress Code: Casual
¶ Solar do Unhäo
Located in a one-time slave market, the Solar offers a nice buffet dinner of typical Bahian food and a 90-minute floor show. Guests sit mostly at long tables with poor sight-lines to a very small platform. The dancers and musicians are talented (and professional); the costumes are elaborate; and the capoeira is the best I've seen. Show and dinner: R$55 (US$19).
Located in the same building as the SENAC restaurant — up a steep flight of stairs, the restaurant being a steep flight higher. Guests sit on concrete steps around a large platform. The performers are less accomplished than those at Solar do Unhäo. Dinner, if wanted, is of course separate. 60-minute show: R$7 (US$2.45).
Dress Code: Anything that's legal.
Centro Cultural Do Bispo is far more than a "casa de show." It is a social and cutural center open to experiments in music, dance and the visual arts. During the day, it offers workshops in several artistic mediums, as diverse as experimental theatre to dj studio. Insofar as its nightlife goes, one finds a surprisingly seemless mix between foreigners of all nationalities and the local bahianos. Check out the schedules in order to be sure of what is going on each week. Although Pelourinho has countless spots that can't be missed, Bispo is definitely unique among them on Friday and Saturday nights. The cultural group Circo Maluko performs live music: samba, afro, maracatu, flamenco and more, always closing the night with a DJ spinning electronic music. Get there at 10pm. Age 18-30.
Dress Code: Dress alternative casual.
Bambara is a live music spot (mainly samba and axe'). This elegant restaurant is perfect if you want a middle class ambient. There two shows, the first one starts at 6.30pm and the second one at 9.00pm. Age 25-35.
Dress Code: Dress up
Very popular on Wednesday is the kind of place you go if you feel like street party all night although it takes place in a alley and you pay for it (5 Real). Live pagode and samba. Get there at 10pm.
Dress Code: Dress down. Age 25-40.
Live music in Salvador da Bahia on Tuesday means Pelourinho. Mainly Teresa Batista square, where Olodum use to perform. Small but powerful place with the right mixture between tourists and locals. Get there at 9pm.
Dress Code: Dress casual
Pereira is the place where you can sit down, relax and enjoy a conversation. In these spot while drinking, eating and listening to live music you can spend a perfect romantic night. Elegant and sophisticated lounge bar good to impress the lady that is with you. The restaurant has a large wine list with a number of affordable Portuguese, French, and Italian wines in the R$40 to R$90 (US$17-US$38) range. Pereira is especially busy on weekends when Salvador's young and beautiful gather to preen and be seen. Age 20-50. Ideal for Lunch, dinner or if it is just for a drink get there at 9pm.
Dress Code: Dress up!
Only few minutes by car from Pelourinho operates this warehouse show house. Starting off around 8pm until 1.00pm depending on the night. Very basic but that is Bahia! Better to go with some local guide. Anyway there is security at the door and inside. Make an agreement with some taxi driver in order to collect you at the door when you are ready to leave.
Most of the music is pagode (the real heart of the ghetto), sometimes reggae, hip hop and very seldom electronic.
Dress Code: Age 16-20. Dress a bit down.
I cannot remember what night I went here, but if you get the book "Salvador for Partiers" it tells you what is on on what nights. It is a restaurant and bar as well as a club, so when we got there people were eating and listening to music at the same time.
The entrance was 25 Reais which ensures a certain amount of alcohol, maybe 20 Reais or so. so you get a card of some sort, which they mark off how many drinks you have had. If you go over the amount you paid on the door, you pay the excess at the end.
This was the only club that we wnet to that played Pop/R&B/Rap. They only played about half an hour of it and the rest of the music was Brazillian pop music and other random stuff.
Dress Code: Classy and sophisticated
I now must admit, that the little known fridaynights sambas in the Mercado Modelo, have changed. Now it is both fridays and saturdays, and it is no more a ^secret^it is crowded, and has the caracter of the tuesdays upstairs in Pelourino. It is still a pleasant spot to be, even if it now is becoming a major event.
She is working here every evening, and has been doing that for more than 30 years!
Espetinho de churrasco, com salada e farofa ; 1 R$!
Beers are cheap too.
The place is packed with locals every evening, they come for dancing and showing off their fantastic abilities into the sexy samba De Pagode! Dont miss this fabulous spot!!!
Dress Code: There is no doubt, that the locals coming here, are wearing their best clothes!, Dress modest for a dancing night.
Staying in Pelorinho, there is not any thing really going on past 1am. Used to going to clubs at around this time, we got into a taxi and asked the driver to take us to any nightclub that was open. He took us to OFF club. IT is not immediately evident that it is a gay club as there were a few heterosexual couples. The downstairs area gave the impression that nothing was going on. It was sparsely populated with people scattered on sofas looking quite bored.
Aftert about an hour we went upstairs and the party was in full swing. The bartenders/dancers were on the tables. The men in just yellow pants and the women in yellow pants and bikin top. Alcohol was being poured into peoples mouths straight from the bottle, after which they were blindfolded and given a head spin. They were also blowing whistles.
It was alot of fun... made me almost forget that I couldnt pull most of the men in there!!!
Dress Code: Looks like anything goes... the less clothes the better
All the night there is a show in Pelourino, if you have enough time to search are good, but a little bit ‘touristic’. Every mondey and thusday drums band play here.
Olodum and Timbalada blocos have special drums and dancing school for ‘minhos de rua’ (children that live alone inthe street), to give them a job, so you can find show of this school...try in the newspaper ‘A Tarde’. In the same newspaper you can find show of ‘samba de roda’ (ancient samba session), pagode music, or brega music in different part of Bhaia. Don’t stop to search.....Bahia is music!
Dress Code: Some place ask for long tousersn no bermuda.
My favourite bar. This is simply a wonderful place to spend the night. It's in a house in Pelourinho, under the atellier of the artist Maria Adair. The pub is her son's and is just about one of the cutest places in town - the crafts made and painted by the artist are everywhere (inside the glass tables, hanging from the ceiling, the menu...). Service is EXCELLENT - extra compliments for Barreto, the chief waiter. You can buy the crafts if you want to, and I tell you, they are not expensive. They have the best drinks in town, the best food (with greek, french and italian items). Amongst the drinks I recommend my favourite Suco do Orgasmo (Juice of Orgasm). It's coffee licqueur, with coffee icecream, vanilla icecream, ginger, gin and a tiny bit of triple sec.