Time Out São Paulo

Drosophyla

A secret garden hideaway with divine drinks

Drosophyla

Prices Small bottle beer R$7; caipirinha R$13; minimum spend R$20-$40

Major cards accepted

Open 7pm-2am Mon-Wed; 8pm-2am Thu; 8pm-3am Fri, Sat

Wi-Fi

Rua Pedro Taques 80, Consolação

Telephone (11) 3120 5535

Metrô
2, Consolação

Drosophyla website

I have a friend who's always thrown by the waitresses at Drosophyla. Not literally: he doesn't get that drunk, and they're generally very polite. It's the two hands printed on the back of their T-shirts that confuse him. He keeps thinking they're engaged in a steamy clinch rather than taking an order for a Cosmopolitan or a pint of Guinness, both of which are served here.

Coupled with a chaotically colourful and charming decor in a style they call 'contemporary baroque' – but which might be better described as 'eccentric gentleman artist's upmarket squat' – the T-shirts give Drosophyla a delightfully surreal atmosphere. Indeed, this bar and its customers delight in a certain comfortable oddness. It's even named after an insect: Drosophila melanogaster, also known as the banana fly, the vinegar fly or the plain-old fruit fly.

Opened in 2002 and perennially popular with a slightly older, more bohemian crowd, Drosophyla is easy to miss from the outside – it’s just a quiet doorway on a gloomy street near Consolação. Stepping inside and through the looking glass, you find yourself in a tiled room full of comfortable tables. One of which, for some reason, invariably features a couple furiously snogging, possibly inspired by the waitresses’ T-shirts. Wander down a corridor decorated with bizarre bric-a-brac, past the solitary men's loo, whose walls are plastered with filthily hilarious vintage women's underwear adverts, and you reach the main event.

It’s a leafy, paved, discreetly illuminated garden scattered with mismatched tables and chairs. Glowing with lights at one end is a cosy little shed with a bar in it. Up a flight of concrete steps is a smoker's patio which even has a few plants choking in the fumes.Like the bar itself and its eclectic clientele – anything from bright young things to aging party animals – this garden has a dishevelled elegance that doesn't need to try to be cool. Out here, the buzz is of conversation, not hype. The only flies on Drosophyla are those on the website.
 

5 Jul 2012.

By Dom Phillips
Compartilhe

Map


     If this map or any venue details are incorrect, please contact us

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus

Restaurants nearby

La Tartine

La Tartine

234m

Mestiço

Mestiço

244m

Kebabel

Kebabel

263m

La Frontera

La Frontera

272m

Bravin

Bravin

320m

Live music clubs nearby

Tom Jazz

Tom Jazz

471m

Beco 203

Beco 203

585m

Astronete

Astronete

847m

Nightclubs nearby

Sonique (closed)

Sonique (closed)

115m

Container

Container

117m

Funhouse

Funhouse

193m

Caos

Caos

584m

Beco 203

Beco 203

585m