Bars and clubs tend to come and go in Salvador, so ask around to see what’s hot at the moment, or log onto the agenda of parties, concerts and performances at Festa da Semana (www.festadasemana.com.br/salvador).
Salvador’s LGBTIQ+ nightlife scene may be subdued compared to those of other Brazilian capitals, but these off-the-beaten-path venues are worth seeking out.
A young, queer-friendly crowd flocks to Beco dos Artistas, a lively alley with several bars popular for pre-clubbing drinks. Take a taxi and enter from Rua Leovigildo Filgueira. After midnight in Rio Vermelho, good-looking San Sebastian draws the LGBTIQ+ crowd with three floors, four bars and two dance floors.
Check www.guiagaysalvador.com.br for the latest listings and events.
Folkloric Shows & Capoeira
The chance to see a folkloric performance that showcases the unique range of Bahian music and dance – including live percussion and vocals, the dances of the orixás, maculêlê (stick dance), samba and capoeira – shouldn't be missed. You can also catch some authentic capoeira in the Pelourinho, where studios charge a few reais for watching a class (often called a ‘show’) and for taking pictures.