A mythical and bohemian bar that has managed to survive over the years. Highly recommended. Booking essential.

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Bar Brahma

The corner of Ipiranga and Avenida São João.

The mythical Bar Brahma, also known as Popular Brazilian Music Corner (MPB), was saved by advertising campaigns such as when Caetano Veloso, in his 1978 song 'Sampa', sang: "Something happens in my heart, only when I cross Ipiranga and Avenida São João" - the exact corner where this bar is found. Since the 1940s, Bar Brahma was the meeting point for intellectuals, opponents of the dictatorship, and all types of musicians and artists that left their permanent bohemian mark. After years of decline in the 90s, it reopened in 2001 and became an essential visit on nights out in São Paulo. It still maintains some original ornamental relics such as the mirrors and candelabras, as well as its 1950s piano. If you want to enjoy a good meal and some live music in this museum of musical history, you will need to book in advance.

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