In the heart of the Bixiga neighbourhood the Café Piu Piu offers rock for all tastes from Thursday through Saturday. With its stained glass décor and routinely excellent line-up, it’s a hit with concertgoers of all ages who often congregate on the mezzanine which offers panoramic views of the entire space. The club serves longnecks and beer on tap, and for snacks try the latkes (typical Jewish potato cakes) or the fried parmesan balls. Please note: entrance can only be paid in cash or check.
Café Piu Piu, Rua Treze de Maio 134, Bela Vista, São Paulo, Brazil +55 11 3258 8066
Price Range: BRL$40 (USD$13) entrance fee
One of the most traditional samba bars in Vila Madalena, Grazie a Dio! has an agenda that goes from samba to soul, peppered with MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). The bar at Grazie a Dio! is an unusual space, with a sparse décor that includes many candles, saints, and plants. The concept of the venue arose from jam sessions at the Museu de Imagem e Som which brought together various artists from São Paulo, hosting concerts by Seu Jorge, Tulipa Ruiz, Céu, Paula Lima and the Buena Vista Social Club stars. From Tuesday to Sunday, Grazie a Dio! hosts live music with either guest artists or one of their fixture bands: the Quinteto in White and Black, Sambasonics or Clube do Balanço.
Grazie a Dio!, R. Girassol 67, Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil +55 11 3031 6569
Price Range: BRL$30 (USD$10) depending on the artist
Before Hot Hot, the owner, Flávia Cecatto, had already made her name in the São Paulo club scene with the successful venues B.A.S.E. And Lov.e. The Hot Hot has three beautiful mother-of-pearl chandeliers illuminating the lounge, all patterned with kitsch designs from the 1970s. On the menu are drinks made with fruit popsicles and named after celebrities, such as Madame Satan and Latino. From Thursday to Saturday the main dance floor hosts hundreds of people pulsing to electronic music under its 8,000 coloured lights. Tip to avoid lines: buy your ticket in advance online.
Hot Hot, Rua Santo Antônio 570, Bela Vista, São Paulo, Brazil +55 11 2985 8685
Price Range: BRL$30-$80 (USD$10-26)
Bourbon Street may be one of the most famous and traditional jazz, blues, soul and funk music clubs in the city. Artists like B.B. King, Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, and Brazilians Naná Vasconcelos, Zimbo Trio, and Elza Soares have played on its stage. The club’s bar, shaped like a grand piano, is known for its special drinks and appetizers. Bourbon Street aims to re-create the atmosphere of New Orleans, ideal for those seeking good music and a space to drink with friends.
Bourbon Street, Rua dos Chanés 127, Moema, São Paulo, Brazil +55 115095 6100
Price Range: up to BRL$250 (USD$80) depending on artist
Installed at the Fasano Hotel, the Barreto bar is downright classy – the type of place you go when you’re looking to impress someone. The high prices are compensated for by its alluring ambiance, replete with comfortable leather armchairs, dim lighting, extremely courteous service and good quality live music. From Monday to Saturday, there are jazz and MPB performances in the centre of the bar.
Bar Barreto, Rua Vitório Fasano 88, Jardins, São Paulo, Brazil +55 11 3896 4000
Price Range: BRL$50 (USD$16) music cover; drinks start in the BRL$60 (USD$20) range