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The best of gay São Paulo

June's Pride weekend is just the beginning – here's our roundup of the very best of gay SP.

In the winter months of June and July, the temperature might drop, but the scene sizzles with jam-packed nightclub events, flirty hangout spots and an array of gay and gay-friendly bars and restaurants. So once São Paulo's gay parade is over, it's time to shake off the glitter, dust off the confetti, and get lost in the world of São Paulo’s endless LGBT soirées.

For the boys, Friday club nights start off in a very ‘popular’ mood: Lions, Bubu Lounge and The Society all pack the houses with original and electronic pop music mixes – the type that rely on heavy dollops of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. For the ladies, it's time to get on down to The L Club.

On fair weather Saturday afternoons, catch some rays with the young and the shirtless at Parque do Ibirapuera’s Praça do Porquinho, or mix with the crowds around Praça Benedito Calixto. If it’s too cold or wet, take a stroll around Shopping Frei Caneca, the city’s gayest mall (sometimes even known as ‘Gay Caneca’). At night, electro powerhouse The Week leads the pack, followed by Flex and Club Yacht (Rua 13 de Maio 701, Bela Vista, 3104 7157, clubyacht.com.br) in the pantheon of partying.

Sunday mornings mean either a saucy dip into the action at Splash 720 sauna (Rua Guaicurus 720, Lapa, 4329 0204, splash720.com.br), or continued merrymaking from the previous night at after-hours spots like Cantho. Sunday evenings stay wild at the bars around Centro’s decadent Largo do Arouche, where cheap drinks and cheap thrills abound, including the amazing drag show at Blue Space.

During the week, the schedule lightens up just a tiny bit. Mondays and Tuesdays are good for meeting friends at one of the popular bar-restos on the gay circuit – we love Spot and Ritz – or take a chance at one of the lower-key venues like Frey Café & Coisinhas (Rua Frei Caneca 703, Consolação, 3539 0858, freycafe.com.br).

On Wednesday nights, Sonique Bar hosts the chic Supersonique dance party, while Thursdays are the time to go crazy at A Lôca – after getting warmed up at the nearby ‘Bar da Lôca’ (Rua Frei Caneca 106, Consolação, 3256 1946), with patrons spilling out onto the streets.

São Paulo Gay Pride 2012 is on 10 June. Assemble noon at MASP Avenida Paulista 1578, Bela Vista, (11) 3251 5644, masp.art.br 

By Ernest White II


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