Bar Balcão

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Strike up a convo at the city's longest bar

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Bar Balcão

Find a space at the curvy wooden counter that snakes all the way around the ground floor of this welcoming, friendly bar. Then settle in with a chope and soak up the atmosphere. Popular with journalists, artists and descolado Jardins residents, the twists and turns of the communal bar and the convivial atmosphere make this the best bar in town for conversation, including those struck up between customers, cheek by jowl at the bar. There’s no music and no fuss here – it's simple and stylish, attracting a slightly older, funky crowd. The food, like the service, is simple but good quality – and that giant pop art painting on the wall? It's a genuine Roy Lichtenstein.

Bar Balcão details

Address Rua Dr. Melo Alves 150

Jardim Paulista, São Paulo

Metrô 2, Clinicas

Telephone (11) 3063 6091

Prices chope R$5.60; caipirinha R$14

Major cards accepted

Open noon-3pm Mon; noon-3pm, 6pm-late Tue-Fri; 6pm-late Sat



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