By Mark Taylor
January 18, 2012

I have a confession to make: I like karaoke. In fact if I’m being completely honest I should say that I love karaoke. There’s nothing quite like being slightly tipsy and standing on a stage singing to a group of mostly strangers for getting the adrenaline going, although I appreciate it’s not for everyone.

On my infrequent visits to São Paulo I always seek out some karaoke. The alternative in the UK is either pub karaoke (yeesh!) or bespoke establishments such as Duets.

The owner also stated that he is a huge karaoke fan, and was so sick of singing in poor establishments that he decided to open his own. His fandom is proven, if by nothing else, by the staggering list of songs on offer (around 200,000). You can search for music on two strategically placed computers, but a tip is to just ask (or write on the piece of paper) as a lot of tracks aren’t on the computers. There are of course plenty of Brazilian tracks, but also a huge number of international tracks as well. StudioBar also regularly run competitions and theme nights, so keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for updates.

There are a handful of downsides to StudioBar. Firstly, the service can be a little slow. Secondly, you need to have patience when arriving – the front gate is locked, and as a tip it can require some persistent ringing on the bell. Thirdly, beware the holiday season versus closing dates. When visiting before Christmas we were told they reopened on January 5th. When we turfed up though they were still closed, albeit the owner had just returned from holiday. A tip to StudioBar would be to add clear closing dates on their website, that they ideally stick to.

Other than that it’s an excellent venue which ticks all the boxes for me. If you’re lucky you will arrive on a quiet night when there’s a small audience, and plenty of singing time.

StudioBar is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 6pm to 1am. The entrance fee is R$20, unless you consume that much in food/drink. It’s open Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 4am. At these times the entrance fee is R$25, of which R$20 can be consumed food/drink. At weekends there is valet parking for R$10.

Av. Paes de Barros, 3164. Móoca. São Paulo. 03149-000.

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