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London is more or less turning into Rio’s little sibling this summer, but nowhere will the Brazilian spirit be more alive or truer than here. Backed by the Brazilian Embassy, Boteco Brasil is upping the game by adding a curated programme of exhibitions, talks, live music and culinary classes to its offering (on top of showing the games, naturally).
If you’re looking to get into drinking straight away, you’ll find an unsurprisingly Brazilian drinks list – think free-flowing Cachaça and Caipirinhas flavoured with refreshing watermelon or tangy mandarin. The food is where the experience gets exceptional, as the menu was designed by artist Simone Mattar to be pleasing to both the palate and the eye. It’s all boteco-style, from the name of Brazil’s friendly neighbourhood boozers. There’s lingua de boi (marinated beef tongue) if you dare, or spicy little crab cakes with pineapple and ginger jam amongst many others.
Here you’ll find more than just World Cup fans – it’s most of all a spot for people keen to experience authentic Brazil through all senses. But also, obviously, football.
Best Bars tip: Get yourself a spot close to the kitchens (if you can locate them). Food is the real star here — the chef has been called “inspirational” by El Bulli’s Adrià himself — so you don’t want to miss a bite.
— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest