Lives in Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Since Nov 2010
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The traditional parade by the city's Samba Schools is definitely an event worth watching: full of color, sparkle, and joy, each school chooses a theme and creates a story around it.
This traditional bar is located at the crossroad of Ipiranga and São João avenues (the most famous corner of the city, that the legendary Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso sang about in 'Sampa'). It has served one of the best beers on tap since 1948, so what better place to refresh and refuel during Carnival!
Bar Samba lies in the heart of Vila Madalena and its name belies its specialty: samba is featured here in its many variations, such as 'rodas de samba' (a traditional circle of samba musicians), 'chorinho' (a specific type of Brazilian samba music), and performances by samba schools. On Saturdays, you can go from lunch to dinner just soaking up the atmosphere here!
Open every evening, this hidden gem in Vila Madalena has a laidback atmosphere and attracts a range of different audiences. The small space makes it easier for the crowd to get up close to the bands that play here, and it's a great place to party authentically during the Carnival period.
If you'd like to get out of the Carnival craziness to enjoy some culture, heading to one of Sao Paulo's main museums is a great option for you. The permanent collection has been redone recently, and now includes Lina Bo Bardi's original exhibits which are well worth a visit.
The Museum of Image and Sound often hosts pop-up exhibitions, such as those featuring David Bowie and Stanley Kubrick. Carnival is a great time to catch one of these, and avoid the usual long lines to get into the museum.
This is a laidback bar, known for its perfectly chilled 'chopp' (draft beer) and loyal customers. It's a popular place with singles and has a great happy hour — the crowd is mostly young people because of its reasonably priced menu. The Vila Madalena neighborhood is very bohemian and it becomes one of the city's main areas for street parties, full of bars and Carnival celebrations.
Looking for a laidback bar in the heart of the business district with one of the best caipirinhas in town? Find a great atmosphere, live Brazilian music, classic appetizers, and the promise of a fun time at Tatu Bola!
With several locations spread across the city, the live music at Quintal is eclectic yet well curated. Samba-lovers can choose from 'samba de raiz' to 'samba rock,' while the casual atmosphere and delicious barbecue skewers complete the great experience on offer.
This is a perfect spot to chill, rest, and recharge your batteries between the music and Carnival fun. It's a cool hotel located in the heart of the leafy Jardins area, and also serves the best brunch in town at the weekends (including endless champagne refills). Plus, you can enjoy a massage with a view here - it's hard to not have your energy renewed after all that pampering!