As one of the city's coolest down-and-dirty clubnights, the moveable feast that is Voodoohop has come to play an important role not only in SP's nightlife, but also in its growing street-party culture. With a hyper-cosmopolitan background, its organisers are German, French and Brazilian by birth – but paulistanos by choice.
The laid-back night, often featuring European DJs as well as live shows and performances, was first held at Rua Augusta's Tapas Club, in 2008, but soon migrated to Bar do Netão, a spit-and-sawdust bar/balada on the same street.
Today, the Voodoohop crew holds most of its parties in Trackers Towers, a partially used building in Centro, but still puts on nights in parks, country houses and even cemeteries, as well as participating in planned and impromptu street events.
With its cunning circular shape and myriad rooms, Trackers Towers, has also embraced the Dadaist clubnight Carlos Capslock (check party dates and details on facebook.com/carloscapslock), and the debauched Gente que Transa (find the latest event details on facebook.com/Gente-Que-Transa). And with Voodoohop’s departure from Augusta, other attractions have come to the forefront at Bar do Netão, still with free admission.
|The dance floor at Poperô
Currently, the evenings from Thursday to Sunday are popular with a gay-slash-alternative crowd, alternating between the small dancefloor and drifting in and out of the nearby bars across the street, beer bottles in hand regardless. The monthly Poperô night – techno, funk and groove led by DJ Renato Cohen (check the next date on facebook.com/Poperô) – and Popsicle (pop, ska, soul and rock, with Cacá Toledo), are among the best choices.
In July 2012, the small, well-designed Mono, with retro decor and an excellent musical lineup, also opened its doors on Augusta. There's a pickup truck in the lounge suspended above an old TV, and the music resonates from speakers embedded in 1950s refrigerators. Make yourself comfortable at the counter, or squeeze onto the sofa that extends along the wall all the way to the dancefloor, pulsing to the beat of drum 'n' bass and dubstep on Thursdays, nu-disco and house on Fridays, and an eclectic mish-mash on Saturdays.
Finally, going strong since 1995, A Lôca is a São Paulo nightlife institution. Geared towards a gay 18-30-year-old crowd, its techno (Saturdays) and rock and pop (Sundays) nights have been the training ground for countless DJs who today play across the city. Long may they reign.
A Lôca Rua Frei Caneca 916, Consolação (3159 8889/ aloca.com.br). Cover R$25-$40. Read more on A Lôca
Bar Do Netão Rua Augusta 822B, Consolação. Read more on Bar do NetãoMono Rua Augusta 480, Consolação (2371 0067/ facebook.com/monoclubsp). Cover R$40-$80. Read more on Mono
Trackers Tower Avenida Dom José de Barros 337, Centro (trackertower.com.br)
- Prices were correct as of November 2012