Located in the underground of Theatro Municipal, in São Paulo, Bar dos Arcos is an unmissable tour to do in the city of São Paulo
THE Sao Paulo Municipal Theater it is known for two very popular factors: being a cultural hub of the city and for harboring ghosts. It's the Bar dos Arcos manages to be a portal to an underground world where the spirits of the past mingle with the living in a very placid environment.
But there is no need to fear. After all, a bar at the Theatro Municipal de SP it is already, in itself, a refuge in the bustling center of the capital. After all, who could resist an immersion in the past on the stage of so many cultural events? The development values the history and architecture of the place without mixing with the contemporary life of a big city.
Sao Paulo Municipal Theater
One of the most famous postcards of the city was opened more than a century ago, in 1911. Worked by the architect Ramos de Azevedo, it has an eclectic architectural style and was inspired by the Paris Opera. It aimed to please the São Paulo elite at the time, who insisted that there be a building in the same style as those existing in the great European capitals. The building has been part of the State's Historic Heritage since 1981, when it was listed by Condephaat (Council for the Defense of Historic, Archaeological, Artistic and Touristic Heritage).
The Week of Modern Art, which started national Modernism, took place there. It is regarded as one of the most respected national stages and has a respectable list of artists who have passed through its corridors, among them names such as Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli, Mario Del Monaco, Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Bidu Sayão, Benito Maresca, Niza de Castro Tank, Neyde Thomas, Arturo Toscanini, Camargo Guarnieri, Villa-Lobos, Francisco Mignone, Magdalena Tagliaferro, Guiomar Novaes, Pietro Mascagni, Ana Pawlova, Arthur Rubinstein, Claudio Arrau, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Isadora Duncan, Margot Fonteyn, Vaslav Nijinski, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, among many others.
The theater gained administrative and artistic autonomy from the Municipal Department of Culture, and was then managed by the Fundação Sao Paulo Municipal Theater. In the following year it gained as an annex: the Praça das Artes, an architectural complex that houses its artistic bodies and works as an extension of its activities, also being the headquarters of the Sala do Conservatory, the School of Dance of São Paulo and the Municipal School of Music from Sao Paulo.
Bar dos Arcos
THE bar at the São Paulo theater is a project that was born from a dream (literally), as the businessman Facundo Guerra told us, and was inaugurated on December 20, 2018. According to previous statements, the idea came about when an acquaintance reported having dreamed that a jazz bar was open in the basement of the theater. Fresh off the opening of another bar, Mirante 9 de Julho, Guerra thought he could make such a concept a reality. After all, other establishments in the region already had their signature, including bars Vegas, Lions, Yatch and Cine Joia.
The project soon took shape with the name adopted referring to the structures of the place. Roman arches support the structure with stones joined by a mortar that has unusual ingredients such as shells, whale blubber and sand. There is a predominant air of a 19th century tavern amidst the preserved original format.
The bar has two areas: the one with the illuminated counters, which throw light on the drink served and highlight the arches: and the one with furniture made up of elegant pieces, which form a more relaxed atmosphere.
Ghosts are a separate chapter. No one has seen them yet, but the legends, stories and anecdotes circulate freely on forums and are collected in a funny and entertaining way on the bar's Instagram profile. And the bar staff warns: look for the employees, those in uniforms who bring your order, and ignore the ghosts… after all, you'll know if they're not interested in you too.
Another detail: birthday parties are allowed, but the presentation of a cake (especially with candles) is prohibited. The establishment does not allow you to bring food of any kind from outside. For this they have some substitute desserts of their own manufacture. And as for the candles, their Instagram warns that burning down the Municipal Theater is not in the company’s plans…
How to get
The fastest way is the subway on the Red Line, Anhangabaú station. You can also get there from República station, but you'll need to walk a bit.
For those coming by car, the Theater has a paid parking lot at the rear of the building. Admission is free and no reservations are required. The published range of consumption goes from R$ 40.00 to R$ 70.00 per head.
Praça Ramos de Azevedo, s/n – República, São Paulo – SP, 01037-010
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