It’s been a summer full of sport so far and there’s more to come, which is probably a good thing; we all need something to distract us from the lack of actual summer. The Rio Olympics begin on 5 August, that’s just three weeks away and we’re already feeling the Latin vibes. Brazilians know how to throw a party and that’s something we can definitely get on board with, so let’s eat, drink and samba our way through the next few weeks.
Firstly, drink a caipirinha; it’s Brazil’s national drink, comprised of a fairly potent combination of cachaça (similar to rum and native to Brazil), muddled with fresh lime and sugar served over ice.
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Apparently, Caipirinha means ‘little countryside drink’ in Portuguese and is traditionally made with native green lemons. It's not known for sure but it’s widely assumed that the caipirinha was developed as locals looked for a way to make traditional cachaça a bit more drinkable.
Caipirinhas made it into the mainstream during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and you’ll see them on many a cocktail menu across London, so if you haven’t tried one, there's plenty of opportunity.
The eternally wacky Bunga Bunga have a Rio Olympics pop-up club and event space called Cocobananas. A club covering two floors and celebrating everything Brazilian.
Decked out in the national colours of green, yellow and blue it's a vibrant, beach shack-esque space, filled with surf boards, huge themed cocktails and the opportunity to make your very own caipirinha.
With Latin tunes and samba dancing every weekend, it's always a party at Cocobananas. The space can also be hired for private parties of up to 200.
Samba the night away at Guanabara, this late night restaurant, bar and club presents an unrivalled selection of Brazilian-inspired music and dance.
With the best of London’s samba schools, live music and bands, Brazilian dancers, capoeira (a cross between Brazilian martial arts and dance) performers, percussion artists, and classic carnival beats from top DJ’s, it's a non-stop party.
The venue has two bars that can be hired semi-privately or the whole space can be used for 600 people if you fancy throwing your very own carnival party.
Go full-on Latin at Barrio Bars, although not exclusively Brazilian, Barrio bars have a fun-loving Latin vibe. Possibly the most brightly-coloured bars in London, the decor is slightly mad but can't help but make you smile. There's also three of them across the city so you'll never be too far away from your next cocktail.
The bars vary in size and can accommodate between 160 and 300 people depending on which you choose. Obviously the venues are great for a party, but if you feel like adding a little fun to the everyday you could even hold a meeting here.
With all the Brazil-based fun you're having, it might slip your mind that there's actually some sport on, so make sure to catch the action.
Pop Fields has been built especially with sport in mind and includes a multi-sport pitch that can be used for football, rugby, tennis. There's also a huge outdoor screen for watching phenomenal athletes go for gold, when you're tired of pretending to be one yourself.
Or if you want a slightly more relaxed vibe, head to The Well in Clerkenwell. The venue will be screening all the highlights from the Olympics whilst serving craft ale and summer cocktails alongside its classic bar snack menu.
Or take it to the next level and get a group together and try out the 'Going for Gold' package in one of the venue's private rooms. Sounds like a winner to us.
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