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If my nightlife title made you think of The Smiths, this is the right place for you!
Description: An old large house transformed into a nightclub in 1983. It was a legendery place in the 80's. In the 90's, it was a Gothic point. Re-opened in 1999, Madame Satã continues to cherish the past, but always open to new cultural and musical tendencies. Their motto is: "There's a light that never goes out".
Thursday nights: The best bands specials
Friday nights: "I Love Satã" party - classical songs from the 80's & 90's and the latest of electro & rock'n'roll music.
Saturday nights: The best of the 80's & alternative music.
Sunday nights: The best of Gothic music.
Madame Satã Night Club
Rua Conselheiro Ramalho, 873 - Bela Vista
São Paulo - SP
Phone: (11) 3285-6754 / (11) 3266-8754
Check the site (usually in small letters on "Esta Semana no Madame", on the left side of the page) for prices. Price range from free (girls only on Thursday nights before midnight) to R$ 20 (men). Get a discount on the night the link "Clique aqui e pague menos" is, type your name on it and then print it. Take an ID with you. Sometimes the price you pay can be consumed in bevearge or appetizers (if you read "cons." in your flyer/entrance ticket) The drinking age in Brazil is 18.
Dress Code: Gothic, black outfit...
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Rua Conselheiro Ramalho, 873 - Bela Vista
Phone: (11) 3285-6754 / (11) 3266-8754
Just a comment about the clubs:
Although Salsa is in fact not Brazilian, as well as the other "Latin music" (reggaeton , cumbia, merengue, bachata, etc etc etc) we do have in Sao Paulo really nice latin clubs where you can easily dance those songs and get drunk with tequilas.
There are 2 I recommend better:
This one in Vila Madalena, it plays more salsa.
This is in Itaim, my favorite. Saturdays Salsa and Latin pop, on Fridays more pop.
(I am Brazilian and I hate Samba - don't be ashamed of asking for Salsa Clubs in Brazil. It's not our music, but definitelly it's much better than samba in my oppinion ;))
Written Aug 19, 2010
I went to cafe piu piu with a fellow vt friend and i had a really good time there.
It´s a bar that features quite a lot of rock music and when we were there it was a band playing 70´s hard rock and they were real good.
this is certainly a place i will return to when i am back in Sao Paulo next time.
Updated Aug 10, 2010
Address: Rua 13 de maio, 134, Baixa.
Phone: 11 32 58 80 66
Located at Unique Hotel, the rooftop bar and restaurant is one of São Paulo's trendiest and most popular bars. It was recommended to me by numerous people who knew São Paulo. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and fatigue from sightseeing, I never made it here in the evening. Instead, I stopped by one morning just to see the place and I took the attached photos. It looked like a great place for an evening drink or dinner, so perhaps next time!
Updated Jun 10, 2009
Address: Hotel Unique, Av. Brigadeiro Luís Antônio 4700
The name captures the spirit of this pub: „Papo, pinga e petisco“ roughly means „Talks, booze (Cachaça) and snacks“. It’s a very relaxed place with elaborate decorations, friendly staff and lots of interesting people. The most remarkable feature of the pub, however, is the fact that there is a 2nd hand book and record (Blues & Jazz) shop at the rearward part! They don’t sell these items in the evenings, though. But all these old books and vinyls really add to the atmosphere- it’s pretty unique. Occasionally there are live bands at the pub but we’ve not been lucky enough... there was no band playing when we were there.
I’ve been there with a large group of around 15 friends and we all spent a very enjoyable night at Papo, pinga e petisco. They’ve got great cocktails and also a pretty wide range of beers from Brazil and also from Argentina and Uruguay (if I remember correctly). We’ve also had some snacks (fried fish and chicken) which was quickly served and tasty.
On arrival the staff hands over a card where your consumption will be noted down. You pay the total amount when leaving the pub. Please note that credit cards will not be accepted.
Sunday to Thursday 06:00 pm - 00:30 am
Friday and Saturday: 06:00 pm - 02:30 am
Minimum age: 18
Dress Code: No dress code
Updated Jan 22, 2009
Address: Praça Franklin Delano Roosevelt 118, São Paulo
Phone: +55 11 3257-4106
I've never been to one, but maybe you could go to a samba school open rehearsal...
Aguias de Ouro samba school: open rehearsals every Sunday at 8h30 PM. I believe there's an entrance fee of R$ 5.
You can see pics from their latest rehearsal here:
I believe Vai-Vai samba school also holds open rehearsals all year round, but I couldn't find this information on their website...
Dress Code: Very casual
Written Mar 21, 2008
This club in the center of Sao Paulo gets good after 3am until late in the morning. This is where the creatures of the night hang out. The music is electronica and loud and the crowd is explosive. Good time guaranteed.
Written Jun 3, 2007
Lotus sits on the second floor of the WTC (World Trade Center) in Sao Paulo. The entrance is a typical business building entrance, with a small desk and a few bodyguards. The lady checks your name on the list of members but don't worry, you'll be welcomed anyway.
After a quick security check, you end up in the elevators to the second floor, where you will see a team of cashiers sitting in front of five computers. You give your name, get registered on the computer and get your white bar-card. Card usage is common in Brazil and for me, a great way of easing getting drinks. You don't need to pay in cash, wait for change, give a credit card, pin or sign etc. It is simply a barcoded card, which the bartender scans for each drink you get and then you pay to the cashier team on the way out.
The entrance is 40 R$ per person and first drinks are not included. If you go for good spirits, be ready to cover additional 40's for new glasses.
Lotus is a relatively large arena, with a rectangular long bar in the middle and a slightly larger dancing arena on one side. There are seats and sofas around, if you like to sit and enjoy.
It is definitely one of the good places in Sao Paulo but music is very cheap. DJ spins singles from 90's, those with cheesy beachboy rhythms, that is definitely outdated. They should seek for a better house DJ to complement the atmosphere.
For me, Lotus is a 25+ club, high-end in terms of prices, location and design but very low marks on the music. If they find a proper DJ for the place, I see a lot of potential for Lotus. Arrive around 12 to 1230, not too late but then you can catch up the coming crowd. Thursday night was full but not packed (so comfortable for those who don't like to dance in packed subway train environment)
Dress Code: Well, in terms of dress code, I would not wear very casual to be on the safe side but fashionable jeans are pretty OK.
Written May 25, 2007
Address: Avenida Nacoes Unidas, 12551, WTC
Situated above Hotel Unique in downtown Sao Paulo, this is definitely one place to go to see the beautiful people in the city out at night. It has very trendy decor, with delicious caiprinhas of all imaginable flavors, an open kitchen, dining area, and then outdoor area filled with tables, a swimming pool, and a view of some of the city's skyline.
Very popular spot, pricey, and will be very crowded. You enter on the side of the hotel via an elevator. Usually is a cover.
Dress Code: No sneakers. Business casual. Collared shirt, pants, sandals, shoes, summer dresses for women, all acceptable.
Updated Mar 7, 2007
Address: Av. Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4700
Phone: 11 3055 4700
There's always something going on in São Paulo and you may be lucky to catch your favorite artists touring here.
For concert schedule and/or prices, please check these websites:
http://musica.uol.com.br/agenda.jhtm (in Portuguese)
http://www.ticketmaster.com.br/shows/ (in Portuguese)
Music festivals attractions are usually announced at the last minute. For the most up-to-dateinformation, I usually keep an eye on this website:
http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/ilustrada/ (in Portuguese)
If the concert/festival you want to go is most likely to sell out, you should better buy it online as soon as it goes on sale, except you know someone in Brazil who won't mind buying the tickets for you. Keep in mind that concert tickets are usually expensive for the average Brazilian. If you would like to have an idea of tickets prices...:
U2 (20th and 21st February 2006): from 200 to 380 Reais (US$ 93 to US$ 177)
New Order (14th November 2006): 150 to 250 Reais (US$ 70 to US$ 117)
Nokia Trends festival 2006: 120 Reais (US$ 56)
Coldplay (26th, 27th and 28th March, 2007): from 150 to 400 Reais (US$ 70 to US$ 186) *already sold out*
Deftones (2nd February, 2007): from 80 to 180 Reais (US$ 38 to US$ 84)
Nokia Trends Festival 2006 really impressed me. It was very well-organized with no lines to get a drink or to go to the loo. Besides, this year's line-up was one of the best with bands like Hot Hot Heat, We Are Scientists, The Bravery and Ladytron.
Dress Code: Whatever you like.
Note: However at Nokia Trends 2006, a lot of folks were dressed-up like they were on a fashion show.
Written Dec 7, 2006
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