Decorated with pink and green (in honor of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous samba schools, Mangueira), Bar Mangueira is one of the most popular Brazilian music venues in São Paulo. The bar has a stage for musicians, a dance floor and mezzanine for those too shy to show off their moves. Famous samba musicians have performed in the club, including Seu Jorge, Marcelo D2 and samba legends Beth Carvalho and Alcione. On the menu, the classic feijoada is served on Saturday afternoons.
Hours: Thursday and Friday 6pm–1am with free entrance until 8pm; Saturday 1:30pm–10pm
Bar Mangueira, Rua Cláudio Soares, 124, Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil +55 11 3034 1085
This traditional neighbourhood bar is famous for its warm and tropical-inspired environment, with four spacious areas to accommodate the hundreds of music lovers who come in every weekend to hear samba, sertanejo and samba-rock. The Main Hall is perfect for those looking for a calmer evening, with vocal and guitar acts onstage. The Superior Hall is always hopping with full live bands, making it impossible for anyone to remain seated for very long. It also claims to be one of the best places to drink caipirinhas in São Paulo, and during happy hour the bar offers two-for-one beers.
Hours: Fridays 9pm–4am, Saturdays 2pm–4am, Sundays 4pm–11pm
Bar Camara, Rua Luis Murat, 308, Vila Madalena, Sao Paulo, Brazil +55 11 3816 6765
Due to the fact that many great samba performers are devotees of Saint George, the warrior saint, the owners christened this beloved club with his name. But regardless of your religion or devotion Estação São Jorge is a great place to try out your samba steps, or just stay in the second floor balcony watching samba dancers do their magic. Bottles of cold beer are served at the table in large copper pails filled with ice, and like any traditional Brazilian restaurant, there is the feijoada buffet on Saturday afternoon. In addition to regular guest artists, Estação São Jorge also promotes a few Samba de Roda, impromptu jamming sessions with samba musicians, throughout the month. In these sessions, old-timers and young apprentices play everything from traditional samba to newer songs and even their own compositions.
Hours: Saturdays 2pm–10:30pm, Sundays 5pm–11:00pm