a few: My nightlife experiences
I've been in São Paulo for 2 months right now and these are my findings:
Straight club. One of the most expensive and well known nightclubs in São Paulo. Entrance 70 reais(+/- 25 euro's) for men and 30 for women, 12 reais for a beer, 23 reais for a caipirinha.
The most beautiful people together, lot's of model-types and a good possibility to see a famous Brazilian. Nice girl at the entrance.
The night I was here the music was 'black music': HipHop R&B etc. Not my favourite music to go out, but that doesn't make a nightclub a bad one. The DJ's who played that night were very very bad, the music was old(not as in retro, but 4-5 years old) and bad follow-ups in their sets. 2 DJ's: both as bad.
The interior was, like most nightclubs in São Paulo, very humble and you don't see your money coming back into the interior. The toilets were nasty.
By far not worth the money.
Relatively new club in São Paulo. Expect a big que. This is a so-called 'mixed club', gays and hetero's in one room, there are a lot of these clubs in São Paulo.
Not really expensive, entrance is about 40 reais(15 euro) but you can drink for the same amount. The other option is 20 reais and you will get no drinks. 5 reais for a beer, 8 for a caipirinha, 15 for a glas of champagne.
Music with ups and downs, it's 'popular' music they play so there is a possibility of Britney Spears but also Felix da Housecat.
The interior is not bad, relatively good for São Paulo standards. Not as many toilets as we hoped for.
The beauty-factor of the people is 'ok'.
Conclusion: You can have a good time or a bad time, you don't know in advance.
Dress Code: Manga Rosa
Straight club. Says to be starting in the after hours, 3 o'clock, but already very busy between 1 and 2. Entrance is 45 reais for men and 35 for women.
Music is electronic, well known resident dj's who play very good sets. One of the strong points of Manga Rosa. Probably the best music I've heard during my stay in SP.
Staff is friendly. No camera's allowed inside, but they will save it for you, you will get it back when you're already outside(strange but true, don't panic).
The interior is not special but nice.
People inside are beautiful and open for a nice conversation although the music won't let you. One of my favorite places, maybe my favorite.
Straight club. Entrance: 60 reais with consuming, 30 without. 10 reais for a beer, 6 for the wardrobe(if nescessary).
Music is 'black music'. The dj is not bad, but both the 2 times he played almost an identical set.
The interior is ok.
Beautiful people. Staff is not really friendly, exceptions are there.
Not my favorite place.
Most clubs don't have a dresscode.
- Always bring your ID, or at least a verified copy(there are special offices for this)
- Be aware of the rich 'alternative culture', São Paulo is famous of it's gay-nightlife. If this isn't your scene inform yourselve well.
- Mixed clubs are for foreign people(espescially hetero-sexual men) not always the right place to be. Brazilian men are very passionate about their sexual feelings, and that isn't different when they are gay. I have to note that this doesn't have to matter if you want to have a good night but expect questions about your sexual preference, also from the women.
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Skye Bar: When you're out and about at 2a on a Sat night...
and you find yourself in what you as a tourist call DowntownSP, and you say you must at least visit what is aguably the city's sharpest nightspot...this is it. Very clean and modern lines, an eclectic group outside at the elevators as well as upstairs in the bar area itself...make sure you go out to the rooftop terrace and take in the sweeping city views, the millions of lights twinkling all around you. And if it's chilly as it was that evening, that morning, don't worry, there's a great firelit torch-lamp thing which gives off a lovely, toasty glow...not toooo close though...
Dress Code: People were there in jeans, but I would err on the side of caution and just wear black. You can't go wrong with that idea.
The View: Sip champagne over São Paulo
Sip a cocktail while admiring the skyline and looking over Paulista Avenue while the piano plays.
Great for romantic nights out as well as just having a drink before moving on to other nightspots.
Dress Code: Dress nice, but not fancy
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Skye At Unique Hotel: SP is "THE" Place for nightlife!
It is not easy to define Sky.. as it is not easy to define most good places in Sao Paulo. The trendy places like to be different. And Sao Paulo people is pround of being.. Unique. That's the combination.
Sky is a bar on the top floor of a very trendy hotel called Unique. It has a breathtaking view of the city, a very nice louge area and a great restaurant.. oh and I forgot to say: beautiful people. Who could ask for more?
Dress Code: No sneakers.
Samba school rehearsals: Samba school rehearsals
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
- Arts and Culture
Cafe piu piu.: Nice rock bar.
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.
- Beer Tasting
Hotel Unique: Rooftop Bar
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!
- Luxury Travel
- Food and Dining
Papo, pinga e petisco: Pub and 2nd hand store
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
- Beer Tasting
Lotus: For those looking for high-end places...
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.
Concerts and Music festivals: Concerts and Music festivals
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.
Rey Castro Cuban Bar and Restaurant: Latin Music Live
As you should already know, you can find everything you want in São Paulo, and its nightlife is no exception. Rey Castro is a Cuban nighclub where you can dance latin rythms all night long. Its a great place with live bands every night. At Wednesdays you can get a free Salsa class to get yourself ready for a genuine latin night.
Dress Code: This is a latin night club but people dress casual. Pay special attention to shoes as you'll want to dance all night long.
Unique Hotel: Rooftop lounge with a great view
The Unique hotel's rooftop offers great views of Sao Paulo skycrapers and skyline.
It is a bit of a youn urban professionals place, similar to the Hotel Habita in Mexico City, Skybar in Miami etc etc. You get the idea. Expensive drinks, great views, beautiful people, but don't look for authenticity.
Madame Satã Nightclub: "There's a light that never goes out"
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...
Prainha Paulista: Happy or late hours
Always crowded, especially if you want a table outside. It's a nice place to come with friends to drink or to flirt.
OPEN HOURS: 11 AM to 1 AM (Monday to Thursday) and until 2 AM on Friday and Saturday.
Dress Code: Casual but if you come for the happy hour, you may see many well-dressed people who come directly to the bar from work or hit the bar before going to a "balada" (disco).
Rey Castro: Salsa in Brazil
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 ;))