Copa América Brasil 2019: best places to celebrate before and after each match
Five cities will be the scene of the 26 matches of the biggest continental soccer tournament, in which ten countries from the region with Japan and Qatar will participate as guests
Five cities will be the scene of the 26 matches of the biggest continental soccer tournament, in which ten countries from the region with Japan and Qatar will participate as guests. Between June 14 and July 7, those who attend the games will have the opportunity to enjoy - before and after - the festive atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre.
Rio de Janeiro (Maracaná): sea, heritage and the grand finale
June and July are not usually the warmest months to enjoy the beach in Rio, but that does not prevent locals and foreigners from appreciating the most beautiful spaces in the city, with its unique mix of natural monuments, historic heritage and animation. Football is part of the culture of the city, which houses four of the most traditional teams in the country and hosted the World Cups of 1950 and 2014. The local custom is to share matches with friends, and there are key places to mix with the local bohemian. One of them is the Baixo Gavea, a neighborhood in the south filled with bars and an eclectic audience, especially young people who usually meet there after important games.
More traditional, the bars of Leblón as Jobi (in general there are people in line with beer in hand waiting for a table) or the Bracarense, are the favorites of the public that comes or goes to the beach. In Urca, at the foot of the Sugar Loaf, there are Urca and Garota de Urca bars, ideal for eating and drinking, albeit overlooking the sea. Lapa, in the center, is the epicenter of the samba scene and also of the Rio de Janeiro funk: Circo Volador, a tent that is part of the emotional history of Rio, can be a good option to make friends.
Sao Paulo (Morumbí and Arena Corinthians)
The capital of São Paulo is famous for its gastronomic and cultural offer, which can be a disadvantage for those who feel lost among so many options. First suggestion: consult the guides of newspapers or magazines of the city, that offer orientations so as not to get lost in the enormous capital of more than 12 million inhabitants.
Another possibility is to go to one of the entertainment poles such as Vila Madalena, the bohemian neighborhood par excellence, full of bars, beautiful shops and galleries; from jazz to samba, it is a meeting point for the most varied faunas of the city. One suggestion is to visit Vila Madalena without preconceived plans: the popularity of the neighborhood requires entering wherever there is room and not losing time in rows. In the neighborhood of Cerqueira Cesar are the Rua Augusta and the Consolaçao region, also open to celebration and social contact. In the areas of Vila Olimpia and Itaim Bibí, the atmosphere will be more sophisticated, but accessible and multicultural. On Sundays, nothing better than forgetting the excesses of the night on a walk along Avenida Paulista, closed to traffic and with a wide range of detox juices on the road.
Salvador: headquarters of the first match of Argentina
The move in Salvador includes up and down the steep territory of its downtown area, but also beach and street music. Near the famous colonial district of Pelourinho, is Santo Antônio, where an alternative public converges with the bohemians of all their lives. The Cruz do Pascoal Bar - very simple, but honest - is an obligatory meeting place: from its terrace you can see the Bay of All Saints, the Forte de São Marcelo and the Lower Town. Largo da Mariquita and Río Vermelho are also inescapable: the first is a square full of friendly locals and the second offers sophisticated dining options with simple appearance, to enjoy traditional Bahian food with live music.
Another "point" is the area of Imbuí, a residential neighborhood of upper-middle class that is more distant from the center, a mecca for the lively youth of a city that is already known for its party vocation. The matches on the big screen are usually the norm of the place, where relaxation and laughter often go hand in hand. A little known fact: Salvador is one of the few cities in Brazil that has an integrated transport circuit between the airport and the Metro, an advantage in costs and logistics for those who travel with little luggage.
Belo Horizonte: record of bars and the memory of 7 to 1
"We do not have sea, but we have a bar" is a play on words with which the inhabitants of Belo Horizonte (or Beagá) define a city that has more than 12,000 bars, mostly still lifes (botecos). In the vicinity of the Mineirao stadium (stage of the fateful 7-1 of 2014), there are at least a dozen places as simple as cozy, always with snacks, beers and juices ready to receive football lovers.
In the city one of the epicenters of movida is the Maletta Building, a historical construction, located in downtown Belo Horizonte. It is a peculiar Babel of bars, shops and departments, meeting place for students, intellectuals and characters from the mining culture. The Maletta is noisy and hectic, and allows you to delve into the secrets of the peculiar gastronomy of Minas, where pork rinds, feijoada and cachaça are the characteristic samples. But not to despair: there are options such as the Olÿmpia bar, which is defined as a "still life, vegan, feminist, LGBT and egalitarian". The neighborhood of Santa Tereza, east of the city, is the most bohemian: at the Bar do Bolão they serve food (some Bolognese noodles, for example) 24 hours a day.
Porto Alegre (Arena Gremio)
The city -constructed around the Guaíba River- has more than 50 museums and memorials, 13 cultural centers, 30 theatrical spaces, as well as several environmental conservation areas. In Baixa City the best atmosphere is concentrated, with most bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Located between the Farroupilha Park and the Historical Center, Baixa City has a peaceful city charm, combining the excitement of a capital with cobbled streets, rows of old trees and a diverse public, seen the proximity of the largest university in the state. Bars, pubs, restaurants and picnic gardens are available to celebrate after a game.