Welcome to Sao Paulo Nightlife Gay Scene


Adult Entertainment

A relatively new sex complex (it opened in 2007), 269 is home to the biggest sauna in the country, which has a capacity for an astounding 400 patrons, so you can't fail to bag...

Rua Bela Cintra 269
Tags: SaunaSex club

ABC Bailão


A favourite with the over-50 crowd and their admirers. The music ranges from vintage pop to sertanejo (Brazilian country) and from axé (Bahian music) to slow songs for romantic...

Rua Marquês de Itu 182

Bar da Dida

Bars & pubs

The boteco is the quintessential Brazilian bar experience, and in less clichéd terms, the country's version of the hole-in-the-wall drinking establishment. The crowd in this...

Rua Dr Melo Alves 98

Bar da Fran

Bars & pubs

This new bolacha (Paulistano slang for lesbian) hang-out in Pinheiros has a casual and cosy bar with pool tables and occasional art shows. It's close to Bubu Lounge & Disco, so...

Rua dos Pinheiros 735
Tags: Lesbian onlyBar

Bio Ritmo - Paulista

Sport, health & fitness

This fancy gym in the heart of Avenida Paulista has tons of classes, a moneyed crowd (businessmen from the area) and a pleasant staff. Other locations throughout the city.

Avenida Paulista 2073

Blue Space


This strictly gay mega-club with a capacity of 1,500 has some of the funniest drag shows and hottest go-go boys. Most of the stage productions, which have inspired a cult...

Rua Brigadeiro Galvão 723

Bubu Lounge & Disco


A straight-friendly gay mega-club with three main spaces spanning across more than 1,000sqm. A lounge area has live music, usually samba or other classic Brazilian beats. House...

Rua dos Pinheiros 791



'Old' is a word that comes up in reference to this club: it's the main nightspot in the older and grungier downtown gay-friendly area of Largo do Arouche; it's a popular...

Largo do Arouche 32

Farol Madalena

Bars & pubsClubsRestaurants & cafés

This venue is a three-headed GLS social monster, with a bar, restaurant and concert hall. While it serves a full menu of traditional Brazilian petiscos (appetizers) and entrées...

Rua Jericó 179



One of the Week's main competitors for Saturday night parties with its Top Notch fest, Flex has a similar vibe - tribal-house music and a crowd of flexing descamisados...

Avenida Marquês de São Vincente 1767


Bars & pubs

Flyer has an inviting atmosphere for the start of any evening, with thousands of party invites covering the walls of this crazily busy bar. The buzz doesn't undercut its charm,...

Rua Peixoto Gomide 67

Fórmula Academia (Cerqueira César)

Sport, health & fitness

The first 24-hour gym in São Paulo serves as a pre-party for muscle guys to buff up before heading over to the Week, or any other late-night spot. If you don't fancy pumping...

Rua da Consolação 2970

Fran's Café

Restaurants & cafés

Starbucks may have lured most of the easy-to-please world into licking whipped cream from its coffee creations, but São Paulo's home-grown café scene has put pressure on the US...

Rua Haddock Lobo 586



Strippers, go-go boys and drag queens - oh my! Add the laser light show, and what more does one need to trip the club light fantastic? A younger crowd liberates itself most...

Largo do Arouche 6


Bars & pubs

One of São Paulo's most beloved gay drinking spots, Gourmet (aka Director's Gourmet) is a small stage star that premiered in 1990. Its modest interior is decorated with movie...

Alameda Franca 1552


Restaurants & cafés

Open your heart to this traditional Italian spot with a non-traditional Italian food-loving clientele. Founded in 2003, L'Open is São Paulo's only out-of-the-closet gay...

Alameda Itu 1466

Nostro Mondo


São Paulo's pioneering gay club opened in 1971. Nearly four decades later, it is still going strong, with go-go boys who wow the crowds with risqué performances. If you happen...

Rua da Consolação 2554


Restaurants & cafés

Ritz has a hard time determining what city it's in, and providing you can get in you'll also have a hard time believing that you're still in São Paulo and not in Paris or the...

Alameda Franca 1088


 Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

A good place to spot and be spotted. Television personalities and movie stars galore appear nightly at this glass palace. It's slightly less fashionable than a decade ago when...

Alameda Ministro Rocha Azevedo 72
Tags: Gay friendlyBar


Adult Entertainment

Brazil's pioneer cruising/sex bar, Station takes after similar places in Europe. It's busiest between 11pm and 1am.

Rua dos Pinheiros 352
Tags: Sex club

Termas Fragata

Adult Entertainment

One of São Paulo's most traditional saunas, with a very casual atmosphere. Escorts work the crowd.

Rua Francisco Leitão 71
Tags: Sauna



One of São Paulo's oldest gay clubs, with 16 years of tunneling under its belt, this spot is known for its camp drag shows and competitions. A roster of house DJs commands the...

Rua dos Ingleses 355



This huge downtown club has room for 1,300, and every person in the sea of people risks being made deaf and blind by the high-tech assault of lights and sounds. With a...

Rua Marquês de Itu 284


Bars & pubs

Sunglasses are in order at this fashionable joint, fit for the American Apparel set. Following the city's ban on visual pollution, proprietor Facundo Guerra bought neon lights...

Rua Haddock Lobo 40
Tags: Gay friendlyBar



The Week is what every other club (gay or straight) is trying to copy. Think Ibiza in the heart of São Paulo's concrete behemoth. It's the city's main gay club and a gay brand...

Rua Guaicurus 324