Breathing new life into Centro, this three-story drinking den has drawn hipsters back to the workaday downtown. Indie and rock plays overhead to an eclectic crowd, who sip fancy cocktails in plush leather seats before heading to the basement dance floor. The bar’s name is an appropriate wordplay on a Bob Dylan track because Alberta #3’s fun-loving owner, Ivan Finotti, bears a passing resemblance to the great singer-songwriter.
Sao Paulo Nightlife
Eschewing sleep, Paulistanos love to put the day behind them and enjoy São Paulo’s cornucopia of nocturnal offerings. There are neighbourhood bars all over the city, while nightclubs come and go in a dynamically ephemeral scene. Bohemian Vila Madalena’s bars draw youthful crowds while the Baixo side of Rua Augusta is shedding a seedy reputation and forging a happening identity. For live music, São Paulo looks towards northeast Brazilian forró rather than samba. São Paulo also rules the classic roost with world-class operatic performances, dance companies and orchestral arrangements.
Leading newspaper Folha de São Paulo produces a weekly Friday listings called Guia de Folha, while Time Out magazine runs a monthly São Paulo edition in English.