Drinking & Nightlife

Belo Horizonte is Brazil's self-proclaimed drinking capital, with thousands of botecos (neighborhood bars) sprinkled throughout the city. If you’re visiting between mid-April and mid-May, don't miss the Comida di Buteco festival, in which dozens of places compete to see who makes the best bar food. Originating right here in 1999, it has since expanded to over a dozen other Brazilian cities.

Downtown, the 2nd floor of the indie-intellectual Maletta building is home to several bars with great views from the consistently packed open-air balcony. Savassi and Sion are other prime late-night destinations, packed with sidewalk pubs and trendy dance clubs.