The best of São Paulo bars, pubs and botecos

Beer lovers

Cervejaria Nacional

Sample the home brew at this lively Pinheiros microbrewery


Gourmet beers galore in this upmarket Vila Madalena bar

Cervejaria Ô Fiô

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

The cocktail hour

At Nine

A lowlit cocktail joint decked out in leather and wood


Sexy subterranea in red and black

Bar Número

See and be seen at this super slick joint

Great bar food


Brilliant bar food and a bustling atmosphere


Great ceviche and a unique Latino vibe

Bar da Dona Onça

Superior snacks and meals at this downtown joint

Bars with a view

Terraço Itália

A high-rise lounge bar with an unbeatable view

The View

Sip your drink slowly and marvel at the view


Sip cocktails from the roof of the Hotel Unique

Outdoor drinking

Queen's Head

A windowless pub with a bonus tropical beer garden

Bar da Dida

A simple, friendly gem of a bar with tables outside


A secret garden hideaway with divine drinks

Barhoppers' guides

  • 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 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: 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 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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