Guanabara

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Parker Street
London
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Birthdays, Drinks, Anything you fancy!

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This place is fantastic... And i know venues, food and restaurants... Its lively, Its not too loud, the service is amazing and intelligent. LED flashing cube system to call your waitress for serve is so clever. Driks are great, foot is tasty. I've been here on 3 occasions in the last year. Two birthdays and one evening drink with a close friend after work. Ladies expect to be asked to dance if ou show any interest watsoever... men too! This place is perfect for any occasion! I truly love it!

Zoe Powell - 20/08/2009 | report this review

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great night out (midweek)

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Best night here is Thursday.Don't be fooled into thinking Fri and Sat nights are best as it does get very very busy and the dancefloor gets way too cramped for my liking!Go midweek any night and they do free samba classes, and we even got free cocktails from people in the street giving out flyers! and it's free to get in! result!Tip to eat - try their warm cheesebread soooo yummy!

A User - 04/07/2009 | report this review

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Wasn't impressed...

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It was very chaotic and extremely loud (not so much with music as we would have expected, but with a cacophony of irritating background noise). The bar staff were arrogant and you really have to watch your drinks. I turned my back and got my bottle of wine thrown away. Well, I say throw, but a friend actually saw the barman pour the remainder of the bottle into a silo of other dregs to be later served as a glass of house wine to someone else. Nice. When I asked the barman if he had seen my bottle, he shrugged and gave a kind of weird, sarcastic smile. Later on, three or four of us in our group had another round of drinks cleared away by our slower- than- average waitress and at that point, we just lost the will to continue the night any further. When drinks cost 7 quid a pop and keep getting thrown away, it gets really old after a while…That aside, it's probably a good place if you're the type of person who downs a drink and hits the dance floor immediately, but then, even the dance floor is small. Food was nice, but was expensive considering the sloppy service and noisy school canteen ambiance.

A User - 07/06/2009 | report this review

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Flawed latin flair

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Live drums, samba, capoeira and table football are all good things, as are the happy hour caipirinhas - some of the best in london (and significantly cheaper). Set in a modern block reminiscent of a conference centre though makes the atmosphere a little sterile, preventing what could be a winning formula.

A User - 03/09/2008 | report this review

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Brazilian vibe

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Guanabara, named after a Brazilian river that's actually quite dirty, is fortunately more stylish.The good: they regularly have a live Brazilian band and Brazilian dancers, which makes it more entertaining than a regular bar. Everyone is encouraged to dance on the invitingly situated central dancefloor, to range of Brazilian and latin beats, with a huge screen in the background showing most of Brazil's greatest stars.It's free entry before 9pm, but try to get there even earlier to avoid a queue. The doormen are friendly and the staff inside take the Brazilian attitude to smile. Nicely decorated with many Brazilian dedications and a good number of lounge areas to relax around the dancefloor. They serve food as well.The bad: cant think of any

A User - 04/08/2008 | report this review

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salsa central

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I'd heard about this place from various people in the past and was intrigued as it sounded like fun. I met a date at covent garden with no plans on where to go. We were handed flyers for Guanabara with promises of a free drink so off we went.We weren't impressed with our first impressions of the exterior but gave it a chance and wandered in. It felt like it used to be a cinema or a theatre so it was kinda weird in that way. When you get through the double doors to the main room, the atmosphere was such a big difference though! The music was blaring, there was a group of people dancing, having fun. It was great! We made our way to the bar to claim our drinks. I ended up with a Mojito (one of my favs)so I was happy. It was kind of surreal walking into a bar like that sober when it's all in full flow but it's always nice to see people enjoying themselves, especially as it was people of all ages.We didn't stay for very long, I think we were both secretly scared that we'd be spontaneously pulled onto the dancefloor! Tee hee. I didn't get a chance to sample the food but the menu looks interesting so maybe next time.

A User - 12/07/2008 | report this review

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Fabulous food, ambiance and drinks!

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I went to Guanabara while on vacation from New York and it rivals the bars/restaurants in Manhattan. The crowd was laid back, the music infectious, and the drinks will blow your mind! To top off the experience, the authentic Brazilian fare is a must. Would definitely return here on my next trip to the UK.

A User - 09/03/2008 | report this review

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Homesick first floor blues

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There's no place like this outside of Brasil London is bloody cold but the warmth of the English here helps where my layers do not.The food is good I was told the chef when I asked was from the Copocabana Palace the music amazing the caipirinhas as good as Sao Paulo's Unique hotel.It gets busy at the weekend my favourite night is Sunday with the duelling accordians twisting the forro dancers in very fast circles.But why is there no dress code, guest list or VIP area so I get treated like everyone else even though back home they'd let me straight inside. Maybe that's why everyone is so friendly when I do get in.I go back a lot because it feels like my second home.

A User - 01/12/2007 | report this review

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Dance till you drop

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If you like samba, Brazil and meeting people on the dance floor then this is the place to go, live samba and DJ's that play music that you can not help but dance to, it is not takie and you go home (eventually) with a big smile on your face. This friday there is some special events

A User - 02/06/2007 | report this review

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Samba Delight

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Guanabara is a cool place to spend a Friday night. I took the advice of Trusted Places reviews and got there early. As others have mentioned, get there before 8.30pm because it gets VERY busy. If you manage to get there before 7pm, you'll be able to take advantage of the Happy Hour, which counts a lot when cocktails start at £5.50. Food is very nice, specially those mixed combo plates with cheese breads…. Yum!!Samba, live band, live bongo performance, loads of great Brazilian dancers, Great atmosphere, gorgeous people. Quite simply a fabulous night out. God what I'd give to know how to dance like those people! I swear they must have an extra muscle somewhere

A User - 09/02/2007 | report this review

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Great venue for shaking it to a Brazilian beat

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This is a hugely popular club that showcases Brazilian music, traditional and contemporary, with sometimes dance shows as well. The venue has got a good open-space, oval lay out. Simple and Brazilian food is available. However, this place is hot for dancing to samba as opposed to eating chilli. Major draw back: its popularity: you may need to come very -I mean- very early (say 8 or 9 pm, at the latest) if you want to avoid the long, Amazonian-like queues.

A User - 09/08/2006 | report this review

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Samba dancing

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I have to admit that I used to love Guanabara when it first started. It had great music, live bands, capoeira, cocktails, and a nice decor. What I loved the most about it was the atmosphere generated by a crowd composed mainly of South Americans. They brought life and a soul to this place. It was so easy and so fun to dance with pretty much anyone.Unfortunately now the South Americans are in a minority, and the atmosphere isn't the same. People are less friendly, less approachable and it feels as though it has become as one of those places who pretends to be for South Americans just without them. In addition you have to get there very early as the crowds are huge on Friday and Saturday nights. If you really want to go there, be there no later than 21:00. If you like South American places you should go to Favela Chic instead, as it is great!

A User - 01/08/2006 | report this review

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Great Samba place

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Samba, Capoeira, nice cocktails, brazilian vybe! A great place for a fun night out. Be there early though as the queue is insane

A User - 08/07/2006 | report this review

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