Where playboys, bohos and party people meet

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Martini at the Lions bar

This downtown club in a 1950s building has a slightly exclusive air, with high ceilings and decor inspired by 19th-century gentlemen’s clubs, right down to the stuffed animal heads on the walls. There’s no red carpet outside though, nor even a sign, so note down the address before you head out. Inside, you’ll find two dancefloors – one with a stage for the occasional live gig, while the other, separated from the first by a rotating door, feels more classically club-like, with mirrors all round and top lighting effects. But the real star of the show is the terrace, shared by smokers and non-smokers alike, from which you can gaze over at the Catedral da Sé. For a downtown joint, and though there are nights here for most tastes, it attracts its fair share of playboys and young heiresses – the most expensive night is Thursday’s Groovelicious, when the place bumps with hip hop, soul and funk. For the gay-friendly crowd, Ultralions on Fridays is a highlight.

Lions details

Address Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antônio 277

República, São Paulo

Telephone (11) 3104 7157

Lions website

Prices Small bottle beer R$8; caipirinha R$18; cover R$60-$120

Major cards accepted

Open Open midnight-6am Tue, Thu-Sat


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