December 3, 2007

Brazils first Canadian pub has opened in Vila Olimpia, São Paulo, owned and operated by a Canadian from Vancouver, Canada. It’s described as a place to relax, have good beer and burgers, meet friends or make new ones and also enjoy the best of pop rock music.

This pub has a different feel to it right from the start. As you enter there is a large covered patio raised from the street level. From the patio you have a great view of the bar through the wall of windows and the plasma TV’s where you can watch all the sports. As you enter the pub you face a nice wood and brick bar serving a great selection of beer on tap. They have Guinness, Erdinger, Werstiener, Xingu, Heineken and a first for pubs in São Paulo – Brahma for those that want the old favorite. Inside there are more plasmas for sports and a stage for bands on the weekends with a nice wood dance floor. One thing I didn’t care for was the bathrooms being upstairs but this did give me a chance to look around. I found there is another bar upstairs with two imported pool tables and more seating and another plasma for sports.

The bar does a great buffet at lunch for the local business crowd and has a pretty busy happy hour most of the week, but especially Thursday and Friday. The menu has a selection of great burgers, lots of appetizers, salads and dinners like fish ‘n’ chips, ribs and a few Canadians dishes such as Canadian stew and Canadian meatloaf. From what I understand Canada does not have many specific Canadian dishes but they do have poutine which is basically fries and gravy with cheese (a favorite in eastern Canada).

Great local bands play classic rock on the weekends and on the slower nights they have classic rock playing in the background so it is a great place to sit and have a nice meal and a drink, and maybe play some pool or watch your favorite game on one of the 4 plasma TVs. The bar is at Rua Gomes de Carvalho 1666.

The owner Doug Davidson is typically at the bar every night, and enjoys chatting with the customers, be they Canadians, English, Americans, Irish, Australians, and any other type of gringo. Brazilian customers might find it a good place to talk with a native English speaker.

Visit the website for more information about the bands or to make a reservation: www.canuckspub.com