must is the Pelourinho, located within the Colonial
City. Declared part of World Heritage by UNESCO, it
has become the largest cultural and leisure center in
the city since the majority of the area has been completely
restored by the State Government. With the implementation
of the project Pelourinho Day and Night a wide variety
of high quality shows and attractions on a permanent
basis are presented. There are even activities for children.
Quincas Berro d'Agua, Tereza Batista and Pedro Arcanjo
Squares musical groups perform a variety of styles including
jazz, blues, bossa nova, "Brazilian Popular Music"
(MPB), samba and chorinho. In Jubiaba Square visitors
can participate in live rehearsals of local carnival
groups such as "Indios and Afros". On Thursdays,
Fridays and Saturdays, musicians perform on Pelo street
corners. On Sundays it is the kids' turn to enjoy themselves
with a variety of activities at Terreiro de Jesus.
those who want to enjoy the build up to Carnival, the
best night-time options are the rehearsals of the Afro-Carnival
groups Ara Ketu and Olodum. The rehearsal of Olodum
- the group that burst onto the international scene
when it recorded with Paul Simon - attracts thousands
of people, and it all happens on Tuesday evenings and
Sunday afternoons in Pelourinho Square. The rehearsal
of Ara Ketu, every Thursday on Rua Chile (near the Colonial
City), is a meeting place for good-looking and free-spirited
people. The bands that accompany the most well-known
Carnival groups perform frequently at the city's most
important dance clubs.
hottest bars and restaurants are in the Pelo, the most
renowned of which are Alambique, offering an incredible
range of cachacas from all over Brazil and the famous
"cravinho", a cane liquor and clove infusion;
and Habeas Copus, among many others operating in the
newly restored squares. In the Pelourinho, there is
a feeling of security since the Tourist Police Battalion
are headquartered in the Colonial City, to provide safety
and useful information to tourists.
Salvador's coast there is a wide range of bars and restaurants.
The "in" crowd and intellectuals prefer Rio
Vermelho, where several traditional bars and restaurants
are located, with new ones opening each summer. This
neighborhood is also home to the Fish Market or Mercado
do Peixe, where young and old alike wind up the evening
with local delicacies and ice-cold beer. Another well-known
neighborhood is Barra, where an eclectic mix of hundreds
of bars and restaurants attracts a considerable number
of visitors. The newest night-time attractions, micro-breweries
and dance houses are located in Jardim dos Namorados.
In Salvador, there are at least four big nightclubs
where revelers can bop until the wee hours of the morning.