Maybe you’ve heard the old AC/DC maxim: ‘It’s a long way to the top, if you want to rock 'n' roll’. That's as maybe; but if you only want to hear rock 'n' roll, it couldn’t be easier in São Paulo. There's no shortage of rock joints, from bars and clubs on Baixo Augusta to major venues hosting international acts.
To see the local talent, check out our round-up of the best rock venues for a prog-rock jamfest, an over-the-top heavy metal sonic assault, a trashy garage set, or a new-school electro-punk party.
Rua Augusta 609, Consolação, 2339 0351, beco203.com.br
Indie kids, hipsters, and rockers mix it up at this Baixo Augusto hangout. And although they bring in big local acts and international touring bands on any night of the week, count on DJ Johnny Bird's night, Get Stoned, for pure rock 'n' roll with a live lineup.
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Rua Treze de Maio 112, Bela Vista, 3255 8764, cafeaurora.com.br
Tight space and cranked amps. Drink specials like 2-for-1 beer on Fridays and 2-for-1 caipirinhas on Saturday go down well with their regular stable of classic rock and hard rock cover bands.
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Rua Rodolfo Miranda 110, Luz, 9389 3365
Punk and hardcore – straight, no chaser. With a capacity of 700, this large, fourteen-year-old club located in the heart of the city, keeps the music furiously fast and brutally honest.
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Rua Augusta 501, Consolação, 3120 4140, infernoclub.com.br
Live rock gigs and DJs dominate this divine circle of hell. Located on Baixo Augusta, this literally hot room has hosted international bands from The Exploited to L.A. Guns.
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Rua Iguatemi 36C, Itaim Bibi, 3168 9595, manifestobar.com.br
If there's a Brazilian cover band with a funny name doing a set of songs from your favourite group, they're very likely booked here. Four nights a week, Manifesto stocks the stage with two cover bands from the heavy metal end of the spectrum, which range from Bon Jovi and Mr. Big to Iron Maiden and Avenge Sevenfold and everything in between.
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