Fancy a fruit caipirinha & a three-course meal for £17? It’s possible at this Brazilian bar/diner/nightclub, which brings a touch of carnival spirit to Covent Garden. It may be housed in a dreary concrete carbuncle, but Guanabara generates a pulsating & exotic Copacabana vibe – helped along by equally pulsating live zumba, salsa, capoeira & afrobeats. In addition to caipirinhas, the drinks of choice are flavoured mojitos, coconut batida & variations on cachaça – the sugar-cane spirit of Brazil. Indigenous beery bruisers include Brahma, Palma Loca & Itaipava, while neighbouring Argentina supplies Quilmes lager & viscous Traquino Malbec at £18.50. To eat: anything from salt-cod fishcakes, deep-fried chicken strips, moquecas (seafood casserole) & carioca salad to the full feijoada (sausage & black bean stew) – best avoided if you plan to limbo down.
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