Central Nightlife, Sao Paulo (Self Guided)

Sao Paulo is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, renowned for its famous landmarks and rich culture. It is often compared to New York because its people "never sleep". If you are a fan of hot nights, clubs and music, or simply want to have fun, Sao Paulo offers a great selection of places to go: restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs, and more. Take the following tour to discover the most happening night spots in the city.
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Central Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Central Nightlife
Guide Location: Brazil » Sao Paulo (See other walking tours in Sao Paulo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: Jacob
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A Loca

1) A Loca

A mecca for the gay and lesbian community in Sao Paulo, A Loca also attracts a fair amount of straight guests due to its great lineup of music throughout the week. A great place to hear some of the best cutting-edge sounds in electronic music, various nights present a different party atmosphere for guests to enjoy, including Thursday night retro classics, electronic music on Fridays and Saturdays with the party usually going on till the following morning, and rock, alternative, and eighties music on Sunday nights. A long-standing nightlife establishment, A Loca has been serving the city’s gay community since its opening back in 1998.
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Funhouse

2) Funhouse

A terrific bar, nightclub, and live music venue, Funhouse is a longstanding Sao Paulo nightlife establishment that is heavily devoted to the music. Serving up a great range of musical genres depending on the night, anything from electronic music of different flavors, to rock and alternative can be found here throughout the month. The crowd at Funhouse can vary dramatically depending on the night, with some events forming lines around the block while other nights see few guests on its smallish dance floor. In addition to the bar area, Funhouse also has a cozy living room style room where guests can relax in comfort while enjoying tunes from its functional jukebox.
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Beco 203

3) Beco 203

Part of a successful chain which began in Porto Alegre, Beco 203 first opened its Sao Paulo location in 2011. Since then this great nightclub and live music venue has been one of the city’s most popular spots for guests to hear great rock and indie, as well as fantastic electronic music provided by guest DJs. The spacious dance floor on the main level sees plenty of action, although a more relaxed mezzanine offers a terrific view of the stage for guests to lounge and simply observe the show. DJs and bands performing at Beco 203 consist of both national and international acts. Detailed information pertaining to its schedule of events can be found on its website.

Operation Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11 pm - late
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LAB Club

4) LAB Club

A hot nightlife establishment found on the happening Rua Augusta, LAB Club features some of the best cocktails in Sao Paulo in addition to its sleek modern design and state-of-the-art light and sound equipment. Praised for its careful attention to its details, the LAB Club’s expert mixologists can create an awesome variety of classic and unique beverages. The décor mixes industrial elements with futuristic LED lighting touches throughout the space. Down stairs the dance space has rubber walls and large screen projection to accompany the show. The upstairs reveals a more casual space where guests can mingle, flirt, and chat over drinks, and also leads to the outdoor patio in the back with tables and chairs.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 11 pm – late
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Terraco Italia

5) Terraco Italia

Located atop one of Brazil’s tallest buildings, the Edificio Italia, Terraco Italia includes a a dining area, lounge, and piano bar and offers what some might suggest to be Sao Paulo’s best view over the city from five hundred feet above street level. The mostly glass walls in the Piano Bar permit a stunning panoramic view from inside, and the outdoor terrace is an even more breathtaking addition to a night spent here. Vintage leather chairs and crystal chandeliers accompany the Italian Deco design features throughout the space. Its chef, Pasquale Mancini brings the cuisine of his home, Tuscany, to Terraco Italia’s menu, including an extensive wine list to accommodate any dish.

Operation Hours: 24 hours
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Cine Joia

6) Cine Joia

Opened in 2011, Cine Joia has already become one of the hottest spots in Sao Paulo. The place has recently undergone renovation, resulting in the new hardwood floors and increased capacity to 1500. The basement also changed, with two dressing rooms, entertainment and kitchen areas added for the comfort of the guests and performing artists. In the middle of the club is a bar stand with a built-in soundboard, which in no way, however, obstructs the view for the audience.

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Sao Paulo is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, renowned for its famous landmarks and rich culture. It is often compared to New York because its people "never sleep". If you are a fan of hot nights, clubs and music, or simply want to have fun, Sao Paulo offers a great selection of places to go: restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs, and more. Take the following...  view more

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Sao Paulo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Sao Paulo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Sao Paulo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.