Florianopolis Gay Bars
Samba in a shack and electro on the beach: Why Florianopolis, Brazil is the new Ibiza
But Florianopolis, in the southern region of Brazil, looks set to be one of the hottest party destinations in the world.
You just have to know where to look.
Looking For A Party
Head into the night looking for a party and you could well be disappointed.Head out armed with local knowledge - looking for THE party - and you definitely won’t be disappointed.Florianopolis, or “Floripa” to locals, is the second largest city in the Santa Catarina state, occupying part of the mainland, one main island - Ilha de Santa Catarina - and surrounding small islands.
Brazilian publication Veja named it “the best place to live in Brazil”.
People born here don’t leave, and people born elsewhere move here or buy holiday homes. Its 42 beaches attract surfers, sunbathers and sexy poseurs - and inevitably they will end up in bars and nightclubs once the sun goes down.
Here is our selection of the best places to party in paradise, every night of the week. Saúde!
Head to Sambaqui, in the northern region, for traditional Brazilian samba.
From around 10 pm, everyone crams into a tiny fisherman’s shed to shimmy to a traditional “roots” samba band.
This place is so cool it doesn’t even have a name, but is just known as “samba at Sambaqui”.You might struggle to keep up with the snake-hipped locals, but sip a few caipirinhas and give it a go. No one cares, and you might find yourself getting a free “lesson” from someone who came sambaing out of the womb.
A great place to kick off the night is La Na Ponta blues bar, just across the road and right by the sea. Watch the sun dip down while tapping along to live music. We danced with locals to a band covering classics from The Beatles, Little Walter, Stevie Wonderland Muddy Waters
Florianopolis is known as the electronic music capital of South America, and every Sunday there are free parties on the beach at locations including opposite The Majestic Palace hotel, in Centro (Downtown). Sounds In Da City is part of a project where DJsare hired by city hall, and you can buy booze from people selling from their car boots
The tongue-in-cheek Green Go Party at Mustafa Lounge in Lagoa - right by the lagoon - is the place to be on a Monday It’s no coincidence it sounds like “gringo”, as the Brazilians call non-Brazilians, but it’s all in good spirits and locals and not locals join in the fun.
Chill out as the sun sets at Simple On The Beach, part of IlCampanario Villaggio Resort - a stunning complex with apartment-style rooms overlooking a chic pool area and right the coast. Just further down the coast is Parador P12, a beachfront day club that has a real Ibizan vibe.
In Jure - the “Beverly Hills of Florianopolis”, according to some locals - this is the place to see and be seen,
but in a nonchalant way. Think Blue Marlin in Ibiza. They serve caipirinhas in a variety of flavors too, including passionfruit and kiwi. We concluded you can’t beat classic lime (“lemon”). Authentic Brazilian Bar does Cris is a short walk away, on Alameda Cesar Nascimento. And you’ll find gigantic hot dogs
(more like paninis) with every topping imaginable at Sergio Lanches, a cool retro bar with vinyl records stuck to the walls and light shades made from CDs.
Lagoa Da Conceicao is a good spot for bar hopping. The Black Swan is a pub with live cover bands, while Books & Beers is all higgledy-piggledy bookshelves, leather armchairs and retro touches like old typewriters.
This all comes with a tasty tapas menu, outside seats overlooking the pretty harbor, and a generous dash of Brazilian flair.
Casa De Nova is a great spot for some traditional Brazilian music.
The Roof at Majestic Palace is the place to be on a Thursday night, but it doesn’t get busy until around 11 pm/midnight This is more of a showy place, where groups buy vodka by the bottle - they don’t even sell national spirit cachaça.
But if it’s dancing and rubbing hips with the most beautiful of the beautiful people you’re after, this is the spot.
For something more low-key, head around the corner to Cafe da Corte - a very cool chill-out spot with lots of outside seats- many covered with bubbly rugs.
“Everyone crams into a tiny fisherman’s shed to shimmy to a traditional roots samba band. This place is so cool it doesn’t even have a name”
A public market might not sound like the most happening place, but the Mercado Publico Municipal in “Centro” or Downtown will give you a real taste of the local spirit.
Literally, in fact, as here you can really savor cachaça - the alcohol used in Brazil’s national drink, the caipirinha. The spirit, made from fermented sugar cane is muddled with limes and sugar and served over ice with a potent yet refreshing cocktail.
Each state in Brazil has its own version of cachaça, known as “water the birds don’t drink”. Probably because the tiniest drop would knock them off their perches.
People tend to congregate at Stage Music Park in Jurere, both a super-club and a concert venue. We saw Jack Johnson in concert, along with thousands of snogging couples.
Seems the languid Hawaiian-born singer is huge in Brazil - and probably responsible for lots of Brazilian babies, as the lovers the crooner of choice.Florianopolis is known as the electronic music capital of South America, and every Sunday there are free parties on the beach at
locations including opposite The Majestic Palace hotel, in Centro (Downtown). Sounds In Da City is part of a project where DJsare hired by city hall, and you can buy booze from people selling from their car boots
For more information on visiting Florianopolis, see vivendofloripa.com.
Arpino, run by Florianopolis-born Guilherme dos Santos, specializes in showing visitors the hidden attractions of the island.
Return flights from London Heathrow to Florianopolis via Sao Paulo with TAM Airlines start at £755pp and depart daily.
TAM Airlines is part of LATAM Airlines Group
The Next Big Thing
PRINCE PIERRE CASIRAGHI of Monaco has paid tribute. The heartthrobs Ben Harper and Stavros Niarchos have partied on its beachfront dance floor. And on many Champagne-fueled nights, leggy models straight from the pages of Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret catalog have perched on its billowing banquettes.
Never heard of Praia Café de la Musique? Don’t worry. It isn’t the latest poolside lounge in South Beach or some new members-only club in Manhattan. In fact, the club is a resort well off the radar of TMZ and checkout-aisle glossies: Florianópolis in the southern reaches of Brazil.
“It’s a mixture of St.-Tropez and Ibiza but without the attitude and without the prices,” said Jeffrey Jah, a former model and the impresario behind the New York City party spots Lotus and Double Seven. He opened Praia Café three years ago after he fell in love with Florianópolis.
As South American jet-set spots like Punta del Este in Uruguay lose their novelty, affluent Brazilians and in-the-know internationals have taken the party to Florianópolis and the 40-odd white-sand beaches of the 33-mile-long island that makes up much of the city. Caipirinha-soaked lounges, stylish beach bars, and cavernous megaclubs have sprouted all over the island. Once a favored spot of the surf-world cognoscenti, Florianópolis, some 450 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro, has emerged as Latin America’s hottest new party destination.
Each beach has its own personality and crowd. Party central is Jurerê Internacional, a chi-chi resort on the north end of the island. Rife with sports cars, Gucci handbags, and the occasional private helicopter, it is home to the Praia Café (Avenida dos Merlins; 55-48-3282-1325; www.praiacafedelamusique.com.br), where the parties go until 4 a.m.
Making the biggest splash is Pacha (Rodovia Maurício Sirotsky Sobrinho; 55-48-3282-2054; www.pachafloripa.com.br), part of a chain of megaclubs that opened a branch near Jurerê Internacional in November. According to one of the owners, Johnny Mansur, both Jack Johnson and Amy Winehouse are booked this year for Pacha’s 15,000-seat outdoor concert area. To fill the huge 3,500-person club, Pacha has assembled an impressive roster of D.J.’s, including Roger Sanchez and Dirty South.
With so many after-dark options to explore, concierge-style services have popped up to guide travelers through Florianópolis’s nocturnal sprawl. Nexus Surf (www.nexussurf.com), for example, has expanded its surf school to include tours of the island’s nightlife. And with the scene in constant flux, the outfitter even has a night-life director dedicated to tracking new openings. “Florianópolis nightlife blows away nightlife in L.A. or New York or anywhere else I’ve been,” said the founder of Nexus Surf, Hans Keeling, a transplanted Californian. Formerly a corporate lawyer, he visited a few years ago and was instantly won over.
“Here you have the combination of Sunset Strip-style and Ibiza-style nightlife mixed in with the Brazilian proclivity for relaxing and having fun,” he said. “I looked around, and I saw better beaches, better nightlife, more beautiful people and cheaper prices. It was a pretty easy decision.”
1 General Lee
The philosophy of General Lee is very simple, music, beer and having a good time. This is the perfect combination for them and their guests. They are inspired by the movie The Dukes of Hazzard by Jay Chandrasekhar and the TV series of the same name from the 1970s.
2. Blues Velvet Bar
Blues Velvet Bar is located in a two-storey house in the city center of Florianópolis. They offer a big cultural program, including art exhibitions and live gigs from jazz, blues, rock and indie bands. The bar has club evenings with excellent DJs.
3. Box 32
Box 32 opened in 1984 and is located directly in the Public Market of Florianópolis. Guests can select from a menu in seven languages. They have everything from cocktails, to spirits, to different types of beer and tasty dishes
4. Canto Do
Founded in 1957 and is a charming corner pub. The walls of the interior are full of pictures of famous people, who invite you to live samba dancing. Canto does Noel is located in the center of the city
5. BoniBar does Boni has the whole package. It is situated on the Conceição Lake and is just a few minutes by car from the Mole Beach in the east of the island. It is a beach bar with tasty drinks and meals, a wonderful sunset and really good music
6. Books and Beers
Books and Beers is a very charming place situated in the harbor of the Conceição Lake and is the perfect place for enjoying the sunset in the evenings. They offer a huge range of local beers and beers from the whole country. Guests can order delicious meals and sink into one of the several books left around
7. The Roof
The Roof is located in the Majestic Palace Hotel and has been open since October 2013. This bar offers a very high standard of drinks in a very comfortable living room atmosphere on the top floor of the hotel
8. The Black Swan Pub
The Black Swan Pub is a pub in a typical English style and offers a cultural program for their guests. Monday is, for example, the day of jazz music, whilst on Tuesday they have a quiz night and also live gigs of other music genres or sports broadcasts of national and international sports events will take place
9. Container Bar
Container Bar was founded in 2012 and is located just a few steps far from the UFSC university, and only consists of a container and covered seating accommodation. It is a busy place frequented by students, and has different theme evenings, like sports broadcasts of football.