With new bars opening around town every month, it's hard for our schedules – not to mention our livers – to keep up, but we're keeping track of the most exciting openings here. And if you get there before we do, we'd love to know what you thought in the comments below.
Public Bar Holding court on one of the busiest junctions in the city, in the heart of the financial district, the functionally named Public bar & afterbar looks all set to cater to after-work drinkers and birthday groups en masse, fuelling mid-week get-togethers with flatbread pizzas (R$39.90), cocktails in buckets (R$96.90 for 2 litres) and the sounds of live rock and pop. Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima 2,859, Itaim Bibi (3050 2029/Facebook: Public2859).
In Moema, the cosy Bier Bär has around 150 artistanal beers on its menu, forty of which are local: a good choice are the tasty brews from the Curitiba brewery Bodebrown. Rua Tuim 253, Moema (5051 6695/ bierbar.com.br).
Les 3 Brasseurs
Beer is the main draw at the nearby Les 3 Brasseurs along with beer’s bedfellow, football: six 42-inch screens show matches inside, with a 60-inch screen out in the beer garden, where the roof is rolled back on mild summer nights. The brewpub is the first Brazilian branch of a French chain, serving up four house brews along with simple French food such as tartines. Rua Jesuíno Arruda 470, Itaim Bibi (3167 4145/ les3brasseurs.com.br).
Another foreign import is that of the Scottish brewery BrewDog which, having opened 13 bars across the UK, is now taking on the world, starting with São Paulo. Open here since mid-January, BrewDog will serve its bottled beers, packed with hops and attitude, typified in names like Hardcore IPA and Nanny State. Rua dos Coropés 41, Pinheiros (3032 4007).
Jet Lag Pub
It may have ‘pub’ in its name, but beers aren’t all you should expect to find at the Jet Lag Pub. An airline theme, harking back to the golden age of aviation, sees a DJ spinning tracks from inside the nose of a jet plane, and the staff sporting Pan Am-inspired pilots uniforms. Rua da Consolação 3032, Jardim Paulista (5103 1400/ jetlagpub.com.br).
Just a couple of blocks down the hill, and a couple of notches up on the sophistication stakes, the bar-restaurant Barê looks set to gather a glamorous clientele in a two-storey space decked out in glass, concrete and mirrors. Sip on a Berlusconi (R$26) – Belvedere vodka with red fruits, Aperol and sparkling Chandon Brut. Alameda Lorena 1892, Jardim Paulista (3564 2015/ barejardins.com.br).
Sophisticated drinks and an elegant interior – think scarlet wallpaper, table lamps and leather armchairs – give Admiral’s Place the air of an English gentlemen’s club. Set above the trendy Sal Gastronomia, it boasts an impressive line-up of seventy whiskys, with forty single malts. To eat, taste of whisky in the cure – along with juniper, salt, dill and honey – in the salmon gravadlax (R$38). 1st floor, Rua Minas Gerais 350, Consolação (3257 1575/ admiralsplace.com).
From understated interiors to the bright and breezy, the pink façade of the Colombian bar-restaurant Guanahaní is hard to miss. Opened up next door to buzzy eatery Brado, the interior goes for a more muted approach. Peru may be taking all the glory in ceviche’s world food fad moment, but you can try it Colombian style here, with prawns marinated in a colourful mix of orange, peppers, tomato, corn, mango and coriander (R$35). Order a Tiki Guanahaní (rum with watermelon and spices, R$19) and soak up the tropical Caribbean-meets-South-Pacific-vibes. Rua Joaquim Antunes 391, Pinheiros (3060 9169/ guanahanibrasil.com.br).
Caro Amigo For a bar with the word chopp (draught beer) in its name, you might expect an interesting lineup of brews on tap. At the new bar Caro Amigo Chopp Bar, the choice of beer is, in fact, just Brahma’s ubiquitous pale lager, and Brahma Black – a dark, sweet lager – albeit served in glasses of varying sizes and heads. We’ve got higher hopes for the food, however, with a menu that covers smoked pork knee, suckling pig and battered prawns. Look out for the large mural by artist Eduardo Kobra depicting downtown’s Largo São Bento in the 1950s. Rua Borges Lagoa 350, Vila Clementino (5084 2142).