Where to Watch Football in São Paulo

Pacaembu Stadium, São Paulo
Pacaembu Stadium, São Paulo | Guto Robles / Flickr
Euan Marshall

Football (or soccer, if you must) is Brazil’s national sport and nowhere is it taken more seriously than in São Paulo, the country’s biggest city. With four massive clubs in the state, as well as migrants from all across the nation cheering for their hometown teams, São Paulo lives and breathes the beautiful game. Just take a seat at any local bakery or bar and you’ll soon overhear discussions about the big match of the week. Clearly, watching football is best done at the stadium, but if you can’t get a ticket, here are some of the best places to go in SP to see the match on the big screen.

1. Desembargador

Bar, Pub Grub, Beer

A classic, laid-back bar in the neighbourhood of Perdizes, Desembargador ticks all the boxes with its traditional bar food, beer on tap, television screens and a nice outside seating area. Because of its proximity to Allianz Parque, most of the clientele are supporters of Palmeiras, making this a good place to go for pre-match drinks before a trip to the stadium, or to watch matches on TV when Palmeiras play away from home.

2. Mercearia São Pedro

Bar, Grocery Store, Pub Grub

One of the most charming bars in São Paulo, Mercearia São Pedro was traditionally a grocery store that served beer, but has now been transformed into a bar where you can buy groceries. The décor is decidedly old school, only modernised by the large beer fridges, the movie posters hanging from the ceiling and the flat screen televisions showing football.

3. Bar Elidio

Bar, Pub Grub

One of the most traditional bars in the Italian-Brazilian neighbourhood of Mooca, Elidio is another great option for watching the football. Like São Cristóvão, the walls are covered with memorabilia, including many items signed by Brazilian football legend Pelé, such as a poster representing “the greatest goal Pelé ever scored”, which took place just down the road from Bar Elidio, at the Rua Javari Stadium, in 1959.

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