Besides being the biggest city in Brazil, São Paulo is also the wealthiest. As a result, there are no shortage of designer clothes stores, Michelin-starred restaurants and, of course, world-class cocktail bars. Here is a list of some of the best drinking spots that São Paulo has to offer.
We begin this list with what is widely regarded to be the city’s best cocktail bar, Frank Bar inside the upscale Maksoud Plaza hotel, one block from Paulista Avenue. Created as a homage to Frank Sinatra, Frank Bar has a very cool, classy ambience, with vintage decor and live jazz music, but the main attraction are the drinks. Barman Spencer Amereno Jr. has won countless awards for his creations, with a menu that mixes the classics with his own unique cocktails and reinterpretations of traditional drinks.
What sets Frank Bar apart is the care and effort put into producing not only the drinks themselves, but all of the ingredients that go in them. All of their syrups, juices, extracts and bitters are made in-house, under the watchful eye of Spencer himself. For something a little different, try the ‘Drink, Strip and Stay Naked’, made with white rum, martini, mangosteen, lime and a homemade ‘fassionola’ syrup which includes passion fruit, raspberries and Bahia orange extract.
The new Riviera has changed somewhat – it is now much larger and has a gorgeous mezzanine on the bar’s upper level, while the food and drink on offer are a bit fancier. Barman Kennedy Nascimento prepares some superb cocktails, from arguably the best caipirinha you’ll ever have in your life to old classics such as the Negroni and Apple Martini. If you’ve had your fill of caipirinhas but still fancy something Brazilian, let Kennedy make you a ‘Rabo-de-Galo’ (Portuguese for “cock-tail”) with cachaça, Cynar, white vermouth and Angostura Bitters) or a ‘Maria Mole’ (brandy, white vermouth and Angostura Bitters).
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