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Centro: An Introduction to São Paulo’s Grunge Nightlife Scene

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Updated: 9 March 2017
In the mid 1990s São Paulo’s grunge scene was thriving and rocking. Bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam had entered into the mainstream Brazilian nightlife, with their music hitting the top 10 charts and playing in nightclubs around the country. In São Paulo, what was once underground became hip, and clubs focusing on grunge artists and bands started popping up everywhere.

Madame Club

It was impossible to speak about São Paulo’s grunge underground movement without mentioning the Madame Satã nightclub. By the early 2000s, however, the movement had died down quite a bit and nightclubs catering to this specific tribe became more eclectic, diversifying their music and clientele. Madame Satã closed temporarily, reopening a number of times under different names, but in 2007 closed for good. In 2011 it was re-opened once more, now as Madame Club. The club today continues to cater to the alternative tribes, with rock bands playing most nights of the week. When there is no live show the club’s DJs keep the party going with memorable vinyls.

Madame, Rua Conselheiro Ramalho 873, Centro São Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 2592 4474

An icon of the grunge movement in São Paulo, Madame Satã club
An icon of the grunge movement in São Paulo, Madame Satã club | © Madame Satã

Hole Club

Today few clubs survive just on the underground scene. One of those that does is the Hole Club, located on Rua Augusta for the past 13 years. The club, dedicated to playing rock, usually has live bands on Fridays and Saturdays, and on Thursdays has a party dedicated to psychtrance music.

Hole Club, Rua Augusta, 2203, Centro, São Paulo, Brazil

Hole Club
Hole Club | © Hole Club

Hangar 110

Another traditional hang out for rock aficionados is the Hangar 110 club, which has received not only grunge cover bands but international punk and hardcore bands. The space also works as a showcase to publicize less known Brazilian hardcore rock bands from the city and other parts of the country.

Hangar 110, Rua Rodolfo Miranda, 110, Bom Retiro, São Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 3229 7442

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Funhouse

With the alternative music scene moving towards Baixo Augusta, night empresarios started to see opportunities around Rua Augusta and Bela Cintra to invest in clubs in the area. One of the first to seize the opportunity was the Funhouse nightclub. Although the nightclub may get some criticism from die-hard rockers because it does not have live bands and instead has hanging disco balls on the ceilings, the house does have very good DJs who carefully choose their repertoire, helping pack rockers into the club on Friday and Saturday nights.

Funhouse, Rua Bela Cintra 567, Consolação, São Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 3854 6522

Funhouse
Funhouse | © Funhouse

Clube Outs

Very nearby, on Rua Augusta, Clube Outs is also very popular with the post-grunge tribe, and holds memorable themed parties throughout the year.

Clube Outs Rua Augusta 486, Consolação, São Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 3237 4940

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