While many paulistanos head out of town for New Year's Eve – or réveillon to use the local parlance – the city's legendary nightlife is still pumping, albeit turned down just a notch compared with the rest of the year. Join the masses on Avenida Paulista for New Year's performances by NxZero, Sampa Crew, Paulo Ricardo and others at Réveillon na Paulista.
Or keep it sophisticated with one of the New Year's Eve bashes at the city's hotels, most of which are open to guests and non-guests alike, hosting smart dinners right through to all-inclusive overnight packages. Read on for our roundup of hotel bashes, starting from the more affordable down to the most luxurious of packages.
Clarion Faria Lima
Rua Jerônimo da Veiga 248, Itaim Bibi (2197 7550/clarionhotel.com)
If a big night out isn't on the cards, this may be your best option. Led by DJ Gil Levy, spinning classics from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, the party comes to an early close at 3am. Dinner includes starters like salada de palmitos frescos (fresh heart of palm salad) and coroa de tomates italianos (ring of Italian tomatoes) as well as substantial main courses and desserts. Drinks are priced separately. Starts 9pm. Price R$180 + 10% (party & dinner).
Avenida das Nações Unidas 13301, Marginal Pinheiros (2838 1234/saopaulo.grand.hyatt.com)
There are three restaurants to choose from at the Hyatt, each with its own menu and price (French, Japanese or Italian), with DJs and a dance floor throughout the night. Starts 8pm. Price R$480-$550 (dinner only); R$645 (party only); R$880-$950 (party & dinner).
Holiday Inn Parque Anhembi
Sala Jequitiba. Rua Professor Milton Rodrigues 100, Parque Anhembi (2107 8835/holidayinn.com)
A DJ plus members of the Mocidade Alegre samba school liven up this family-friendly party, which also offers a recreation area for children. As for supper, salads, ten different mains and eight kinds of desserts fill the menu, as well as drinks. Starts 9pm-3am. Price R$329 + 10% (party & dinner).
Meliá Jardim Europa
Rua João Cachoeira 107, Itaim Bibi (3702 9600/meliajardimeuropa.com)
Another relatively tranquil option and a good choice for familes and couples, New Year's Eve at the Meliá winds up refreshingly early, at 1am, after a meal featuring dishes like tártaro de salmão com limão siciliano (salmon tartare with Sicilian lemon), bacalhau à portuguesa (Portuguese-style codfish), plus an array of sweet sensations for kids and the sweet-toothed. They've also got live music for the party soundtrack. Starts 8pm. Price R$249+10% (party & dinner).
Hilton São Paulo Morumbi
Avenida das Nações Unidas 12901, Brooklin Novo (2845 0388/hilton.com)
The Hilton's exquisite art collection and decor provide the perfect ambience for the drinks and amuses-bouches served before the three-course dinner, accompanied by a small band, in the Canvas Restaurant, that ends at 1am. The other option is the party at Salão Morumbi, which goes until 3am, and features buffet service and a band. Starts 8pm. Price R$650-$890 (Canvas); R$599 (Salão Morumbi).
Alameda Santos 2233, Jardim Paulista (3069 2233/renaissance.com.br/saobr)
This celebration rocks out to the sounds of DJ Dario at the hotel's Havana Club Bar. To eat, look forward to a choice of appetisers including 11 kinds of antipasti. The twelve mains include paella valenciana, and there's also also a buffet table of breads and desserts. Drinks are included. Starts 9pm. Price R$900 (party & dinner).
Tivoli São Paulo – Mofarrej
Alameda Santos 1437, Jardim Paulista (3146 5900/reveillontivolisp.com.br)
Close to the action on Avenida Paulista, this terrace party boasts an open bar and 360-degree views of the fireworks over the city. The Rosas de Ouro samba school will be performing, and fortune-tellers will be on hand to make predictions for 2014. The elaborate menu includes fresh oysters with a pisco and vodka vinaigrette, creamy rice with sliced duck and several desserts. Starts 8pm. Price R$700-$900 (party & dinner).
Rua Oscar Freire 384, Jardim Paulista (3068 4399/emiliano.com.br)
Take your pick from a number of options at the impeccable Emiliano, mixing and matching dinner, the party, and an overnight stay. All the options include an open bar, and in addition to supper, a ‘lucky risotto’ is served at 3am. The packages with accomodation are for two people. Starts 8pm. Price R$660 (party only); R$996 (party & dinner); R$2228-$3626 (lodging, dinner & party, priced depending on room type).
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Rua Vittorio Fasano 88, Jardins (3896 4000/fasano.com.br)
There's no party here, just dinner – but at this exquisite Italian restaurant, that's cause for its own celebration. The impressive five-course menu includes couvert, appetiser and dessert. Starts 7pm. Price R$1250 (dinner).
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Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antônio 4700, Jardim Paulista (3055 4710/hotelunique.com.br)
For the privilege of seeing São Paulo lit up on New Year's Eve from the roof of the Unique – one of the best viewpoints in the city – you’ll need to stay the night. The party at Skye Restaurant – yes, the one with the spectacular view – features a menu prepared by chef Emmanuel Bassoleil, drinks, and breakfast, brunch and lunch on the following morning. Starts check-in 3pm. Price R$4440 (lodging, dinner & party, per couple).
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