Visiting São Paulo, the “New York of South America”, is undoubtedly a fascinating experience. The city attracts the visitors endlessly with its art, culture, fashion and good food. The city’s rocking nightlife is yet another major attraction, and so its countless wine bars. Here are some the best bars in the city worth visiting. These include SubAstor, Astronete, FrangÓ, Ó do Borogodó, Bar Veloso, Alberta #3, Chopperia Liberdade, Empório Alto de Pinheiros, Bar do Luiz Fernandes, and São Cristovão. Let us explore some of these popular bars and see how best you enjoy your wines and a hip nightlife.
It was SubAstor bar which introduced the relatively new concept of mixology in beer-mad Brazil. Before the advent of SubAstor on the scene, mixed drinks in the city’s bars were mostly confined to caipirinhas. The bar’s famous Italian mixologist Fabio la Pietra has become more of a rage today. He is recognized as the most daring drinks man in the city. His skills are simply amazing, be it saffron, capers, bottled butter or rocket. These outrageously progressive drinks have made him a celebrity. You will love visiting this place as it isn’t rowdy. Enjoy your cocktails while entertaining with Rolling Stones classics.
The funky Astronete straddles the line between club and bar. It is situated in Baixo Augusta, an edgiest nightlife district in the Sampa. Like other hotspots here the Astronete also caters to an eclectic crowd. If you want to enjoy your cocktails over a chat with friends then better come here early. For all those who want to let themselves loose and dance till wee hours, visit this place after midnight. DJs here can be seen belting out one of the city’s most diverse soundtracks such as rockabilly, indie, garage rock and electro.
FrangÓ is one of the most classic botecos in São Paulo. It is situated in the historic Freguesia do Ó square, near Our Lady of Freguesia do Ó, one of the oldest cathedrals in the city. It was earlier the only haven in Sampa for passionate beer lovers. Today, apart from FrangÓ, there are numerous wine and beer bars in the city. This place is a major draw with lovers of wines and beers. You will find an impressive list of above 500 Brazilian and imported beers, which are available by the bottle. Apart from the assorted beer menu, FrangÓ is also renowned for its famous coxinhas and grilled chicken, which is served along with farofa or toasted manioc flour. This place is absolutely fantastic if you are in for a long haul.
Ó do Borogodó
The Ó do Borogodó is one of the best spot in Sampa to enjoy shaking your legs to live samba, pagoda, chorinho, and various other traditional musical forms of Brazil. The dancing tourists from foreign countries and musicians make this place absolutely wonderful. This place can be visited from Mondays through Saturdays every week. Most of the nights here are a full house, so it’s always best to reserve your place well in advance. The Ó do Borogodó is among the few places in the city that rivals the astounding samba scene in Lapa district of Rio de Janeiro.
Make it a point to visit the tiny Bar Veloso boteco during the early hours itself as soon as it opens or else getting a spot here will be completely out of question. It’s heavily crowded. You will find the standing room-only crowd spilling into the adjoining square, and that too for good reason. This place is renowned for serving the best coxinhas in the city, complemented with the amazing caipirinhas in new combinations and exotic fruits. The coxinhas are essentially croquettes stuffed with gooey catupiry cheese and chicken, and dipped in homemade hot sauce. The caipirinhas in new combinations comes with cashew with lime or tangerine with dedo-de-moça pepper. Among the exotic fruits served here include starfruit and jabuticaba. All these combine to provide a perfect fuel for an exciting full-on evening. The Bar Veloso opens at 5.30 pm from Tuesdays through Fridays. It is open from 12.45 pm on Saturdays, while it is open from 4 pm on Sundays.
Empório Alto de Pinheiros
The Empório Alto de Pinheiros is situated in Rua Vupabussu. Beer lovers find it to be a veritable paradise in São Paulo. The rarest and best of flourishing craft beer scene can be found at this hybrid neighborhood microbrew/bar shop. You will be offered at least 10 choices on draft and nearly 400 bottled options, which includes Bodebrown and Way from Paraná, Wäls from Minas Gerais, and Invicta from São Paulo. The prices are really affordable here.