The best of São Paulo bars, pubs and botecos

Beer lovers

Cervejaria Ô Fiô

Journey round Brazil with the impressive menu at this Morumbi watering hole

Cervejaria Nacional

Sample the home brew at this lively Pinheiros microbrewery

The Blue Pub

A lively after-work spot which serves a decent selection of beers on tap

The cocktail hour


Sexy subterranea in red and black

At Nine

A lowlit cocktail joint decked out in leather and wood

Bar Número

See and be seen at this super slick joint

Great bar food


The discerning clientele makes this boteco buzz

Bar da Dona Onça

Superior snacks and meals at this downtown joint

Jacaré Grill

It's a meat feast at this busy biker hangout

Bars with a view

The View

Sip your drink slowly and marvel at the view


Sip cocktails from the roof of the Hotel Unique

Terraço Itália

A high-rise lounge bar with an unbeatable view

Outdoor drinking

Queen's Head

A windowless pub with a bonus tropical beer garden


A secret garden hideaway with divine drinks

Bar da Dida

A simple, friendly gem of a bar with tables outside

Barhoppers' guides

  • Bar hoppers' guide: Vila Madalena
    Bar hoppers' guide: Vila Madalena

    The crowds stake their claim early on Rua Aspicuelta as Vila Madalena limbers up for the weekend; but just a few blocks from the hubbub, the bohemian neighbourhood’s flipside shows its face

  • Bar hoppers' guide: Vila Olímpia
    Bar hoppers' guide: Vila Olímpia

    If you can't beat 'em, join 'em - the office workers, that is. The high-rise offices in Vila Olímpia make this the perfect haunt for a post-work cocktail or two

  • Bar hoppers' guide: Bixiga
    Bar hoppers' guide: Bixiga

    Rua 13 de Maio in Bixiga, SP’s Italian heartland, is a gritty pick-and-mix of a street, where classic rock, pizza and bare-bones bar culture rule – no posers allowed

  • Bar hoppers' guide: Baixo Augusta
    Bar hoppers' guide: Baixo Augusta

    These gritty, fun streets are packed most nights, leaving ample opportunities for trouble. Of the good kind. Join the punks, rockers and hipsters and party on down on possibly the coolest street in the city

  • Bar hoppers' guide: Vila Mariana
    Bar hoppers' guide: Vila Mariana

    It doesn't have the PR of Vila Madalena or Jardins – and it's devoid of the rock 'n' roll cool of Baixo Augusta – but Vila Mariana offers plenty of spots for the post-work and post-study locals to knock a few back

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