Bordéus Brasil bonkers

Everything you possibily need to know about what's on in Bordeaux for the Football World Cup.

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With hours to go before the opening ceremony, we are on the eve of the greatest World Cup the game has ever seen. Bordeaux is officially about to go Brazil bonkers so get ready to witness South American football genius, the sound of Caxirolas and the occasional "GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!". 


Bem-vindo a Copa do Mundo 2014

Bordeaux may be over 8600km away from the football action but it's impossible not to get caught up in the carnival atmosphere and the sheer 24 hour party that is Brazil. In the build up to the tournament the emblematic green, gold and night-blue flags have started to appear all over town and the bars and squares are getting ready to be engulfed by nutty chanting drunk footy fans. Below is a brief listing of what's on in Bordeaux during the World Cup and everything Brazil. If I've missed any details please let me know via the Facebook page...   Saude..!!

  The World Cup preparations this year have not gone without controversy. The romantic allure of football's return to its spiritual home has been marred by massive overspending (around $US14bn), corruption, police crackdowns in the favelas, unbuilt stadiums, protests and the hilarious cancelling of all speeches at the opening ceremony after Sepp Blatter and Dilma Rousseff (the Brazilian president) were booed by thousands during the Confederations cup last year. Indeed it's the protests that took place in 2013 that are one of Brazil's biggest worries. 

Robocops were sent in to hastle people and generally cause fights...

  Under the spotlight of world's media, the last thing they need is for a repeat of the million+ protesters taking to the streets with the ensuing chaos as the re-directed police forces leave residential areas open for un-checked crime... Add to this the concerns of inadequate transport, worker strikes and the enormous distances between games - we have the potential for plenty of fireworks during this year's tournament!
Brazil is about the size of Europe with 10 hour flights in all directions to see matches...
 So politics aside, let's move on to more pressing matters - where can I find some decent Brazilian atmosphere in Bordeaux as well as cheap beer and giant HD screens to watch England get humiliated/eliminated in the group stage and the French team implode yet again...

Here's a brief guide to all things Bordeaux Brazilian as well as the various venues for watching matches in comfort, basking in cheap pints getting a chant on!!

Eat Brazil

The Carioca
30, rue du Docteur Nancel - Pénard 
33000 Bordeaux -
 A friendly chilled out resto near Place Gambetta with a formidable range on Brazilian bites and drinks. Open for 17 years the place is well known amongst the locals and has a weekday lunch menu for €10. They have an array of screens so you'll never be far from the action.

On offer...

The Churrasco (otherwise known as Rodizio or Brazilian BBQ) is an absolute MUST. €28 per person on the evening menu it involves all-you-can-eat flame cooked Linguiça (sausage), costeleta de porco (crispy pork), frango (BBQ chicken), carneiro (lamb), peito de perù (bacon wrapped veal), picanha (incredible melt-in-the-mouth BBQ steak). It is accompanied by Feijào (Brazilian black bean stew), arroz (rice), banana (fried banana), farofa (grilled manioc flour), churrasco sauce (to die for...).
Simply amazing (not Caipirinha at rear)

Feijoada - €16
The national Brazilian dish - Black beans, smoked meat served with farofa, oranges, sauce and rice - it's basically an enhanced version of Cassoulet! 

Feijoada - awesome...

Moqueca de Peixe - €16
Fish fillet cooked in coconut milk, onions, peppers, tomatoes and herbs served with rice/salad.

Camarao Carioca - €17
King prawns marinated in garlic and lime, fried and served with Carioca rice.

Xinxim - €15
A Bahia speciality - Chicken stewed with dried shrimps, cashew nuts, grilled peanuts, coconut milk and palm oil - served with rice.

The starters are also a winner - do not miss the Bolinho de Bacalhau (€6) - potato and cod bites. For desserts there are a range of exotic fruit ice creams and cakes - we shared the Maracanàzinho (banana, coconut, mango and fresh fruit - €8) which was superb.
An array of joy


Drink Brazil

Obviously no Brazilian experience is complete without a legendary Caïpirinha and the Carioca version is about as authentic as they come (apart from obviously sitting in a Recife beach bar...). Here are the drinks on offer:

Caïpirinha (€6) - THE drink of Brazil - for the uninitiated it's Cachaça and lime over crushed ice and is the most refreshing beverage on planet earth.
Caïpiroska (€6) - the vodka version
Caïpirissima (€6) - the rum version
Caäpigin (€5) - ...
Batida de coco (€4) - white rum and coconut milk
Batida de abacaxi (€4) - pineapple
Batida de manga (€4) - mango
Batida de maracujà (€4) - passion fruit
They also have Guarana which is a soft drink made with Amazonian fruits...
The cafezinho is Brazilian coffee and the Caioquinha (€5) is coffee with cachaça.

If you fancy an apero before sitting down there is recently opened Carioca bar over the road (14 rue St Sernin). They are obviously showing all the matches and have a happy hour from 5-8pm.

World Cup Party: On the 23rd June (Brazil-Cameroon, 10pm) Carioca are hosting a band Brazilian female dancers from the Ypioca Cachaça brand. It promises to be a hectic evening which "may or may not spill out into the street" and where the ladies will remain clothed "depending on the alcohol levels involved"!!

Another offer they're running is via the 'Qui Sera Roi à Rio' charity who are selling World Cup team arm bands and shirts and donating €0.50 for each pack sold to the Mecenat Cirurgie Cardiaque for the Enfants du Monde. GET INVOLVED!

The other Brazilian address in Bordeaux is right on the other end of town at the edge of St Michel and the Quais.

The Centro do Brasil, 6, rue du Port - Wednesday to Sunday, 7-11pm - 05 56 92 38 67 (just behind the TNBA - Théâtre National Bordeaux Aquitaine) has a similar menu to the Carioca and brings a warm family-run atmosphere with regular concerts on offer.
They have a range of cocktails on the ground floor - Caïpirinhas etc. and you can get involved in the dancing. On the first floor they serve traditional Brazilian cuisine similar to the dishes mentioned above. The all-you-can-eat Rodizio is €25 and they have several large screens showing all the games... They have had Groupon offers online in the past which usually include cocktails followed by Churrasco (all-you-can-eat Rodizio), Feijoada, rice, sauces and salad with desserts - around €30 for two.  For the opening ceremony tonight they have a Brazil ensemble called Bar X Cro and on Saturday there is a solo concert with Rômulo Gonçalves. To see a concert clip click here...
A concert @Centro do Brasil
 For an outdoor fiesta dining experience get along to Le Brasilis during the Epicurials on the Allées de Tourny starting today. Bringing the warmth of Janeiro samba to the heart of Bordeaux they have a large outdoor seating area to kick back and soak up the sun to a few Caipi's. Food available is the ever-delicious churrasco with waiters doing the rounds with giant meat skewers. They also have the usual starters and accompaniments - don't miss the well known 'pudim da Ines' Bahia dessert
Brasilis @the Epicurials last year - it's rammed by 6pm...

Dance Brazil

The unofficial home of Bordeaux salsa is at the Casa Latina at 59 Quai des Chartrons (05 57 87 15 80). They also have regular samba and Brazil themed nights. They had the Pagode do Jambo Taïnos in at the end of May - click here for the video.  
Fun at the Casa Latina..!
Madrugada are a Bordeaux based samba band and are playing in the centre of Pessac for the fete de la musique next Saturday (21st June). They are also attending a Capoeira festival in Ruffec on the 27th June.

There are plenty of Salsa clubs in town to look up as well : The 'Maquinaria del Sabor' Salsa festival is taking place from the 26th-29th June in La Teste de Buche with the Cohiba Salsa dance group based in Cestas. Look out for various events on: as well such as the Salsa/Kizomba/Bachata night this Friday at Chez Auguste, Place de la Victoire with the Salsa WAWA ( & Co (Tel 06 50 41 31 85). Watch out for flashmobs as well via facebook.

Salsa on the Quais last summer...
This Saturday the 14th there is a Latin American Salsa festival at H36. It's €10 entry incl a drink and tapas and you can shake it to salsa by the pool from 2pm to 5am. There will be an art exhibition, association stand, Latin American concert, traditional dancing and the Columbia - Greece WC match. For more details visit the LatinoAmerica FB page here...

 Shop Brazil

Shops are cashing in on World Cup fever and there are special offers all over the place. Pick up a Brazil shirt (or indeed your team of choice) at Intersport, Go Sport or Decathlon for around €10 (personalised shirts are available for a few euros more). Special tournament footballs are on sale for around €15-€20 to kick around the park and a special range of yellow fluo football boots are available in Intersport to create your own AllStar Brazil team

 Decathlon are doing their range of Brazil trainers and they have a Brazil 4-man tent set up on rue St Catherine! Enhance your home football viewing with a brand new 102 inch HD TV from Darty - a steal at €4300. Or simply watch the matched for free on the 3rd floor at Auchan with the 50 or TVs lined up (remember to bring a stool to sit on and beers are available on the ground floor...). Even Flunch are doing special Brazil themed meals - they seem to have really pushed the boat out with their Moqueca de Poulet and have more menus to come!

A snip at €4300...
For the courageous...
For Brazilian products the best on offer is from Monoprix in the St Chrystoly shopping centre basement, Rue du Père Louis Jabrun. The mighty Cervejaria Colorado beers are available in the special section by the entrance - Cauim pilsen is a gorgeous refreshing brew at 4.5% - the other one is the amber Vixnu and packs a 9.5% punch. Have a few of those and you'll even be able get the Caxirola out for the French team... For wine they have Brazilian Soul Moscato ( and there are a wide variety of snacks to accompany the matches such as Amendoim a Brazilian candy made of ground peanuts, sugar, and cassava flour.). You can also get hold of all kinds of Cachaça for homemade Caïpirinhas and rum to set the games off with a bang
The other major Brazilian beer is Brahma  - get along to the Caisse de 12 near Boulevard Wilson for a wide selection (Angelique is throwing in a FREE BEER for every 6 pack bought). If you choose to switch allegiance from the favourites Brazil to Argentina she also stocks the refreshing Quilmes beer. Check out the Cave Le Comptoire as well near Pey Berland, an established wine shop, they have a recently installed awesome world beer selection.

Watch Brazil

So you've got your shirt, kicked a football around for a few minutes and have had few warm up cocktails - where to go watch the fanatical feast of football? Here are some of the bars/pubs around town which are worth a visit (in the order that I would visit them from my flat)

The Cock and Bull
Friendly English welcome and a range of screens (2 large screens and 3 smaller TVs). They have recently installed their terrace which will allow fans to spill out on to the side street giving you better access to the bar.
Each of the bar staff has picked a team and will be wearing their shirt - they have flags behind the bar which will be given away to the nearest punter as the corresponding team gets knocked out.
They have Caipirinhas and Brahma beer on offer and there is a happy hour from 4-8pm.
The countdown is on their FB page and the manager is Julian.

The HMS Victory and HOP 
Tons of screens and English pub atmos these Bordeaux sister institutions have a variety of themed nights and offer during the tournament. They are doing a special offer with a World Cup Passport for both pubs. For 4 pints of Carlsberg bought at the HOP and/or the HMS, the 5th is FREE. This will be applicable only during the World Cup games - once the passport is completed, you can enter your details and be up to win a 100€ bar tab. 
There is a special opening event tonight at the HMS with their very own Brazilian beach party - the theme is beachwear and there are special offers on Mojitos, Caipirinhas and Cuba Libres (€6). They have large screens on two floors and make sure you get there well in advance to get a seat...

The Frog and Rosbif
With three recently installed brand new HD screens and 2x HD projectors (they basically have a full size cinema screen!), high ceilings and lack of windows this is a superb place to, a) see the screen and, b) not be crammed into a small sweaty pub space while you hug your pint... They also offer ENGLISH COMMENTARY during the non-France games. The staff are friendly, will be wearing Brazil shirts and the place is decked out with flags and will play Brazilian tunes to get you in the mood. They are doing a Rio burger with secret ingredients and have special guest beers on tap such as the Wham in June.

The Sweeney Todd
In close proximity to the Pont de Pierre and Place Fernand Lafargue the Sweeney's is one of the main UK pub addresses in Bordeaux. They have just put up an array of World Cup decorations, have 4 large HD screen screens on offer and will be screening all the England and France games. There is Happy hour for the opening ceremony (as well as most day during the tournament) with Caipirinhas at €5/€8 and a FREE SHOT TO ANYONE GOING IN FOOTBALL GEAR!! They will be playing Brazilian music to get the party vibe flowing and are doing a Brazil spicy tartar burger to add to their decent food menu. 

The Dick Turpin

At 72 Rue du Loup, the DT is one of the more classic English style pubs in Bordeaux. They have a small terrace and a couple of screen inside for the matches. During certain games they have Skoll for €5 a pint and the second pint FREE!! There are several decent restos nearby and the awesome Cheverus cafe is opposite.

The Grindhouse
The grimy
American pub/Bar at 24 rue Gouvea is locally famous for its epic Beer Pong tournaments. They are running a special offer during the WC with different happy hours on offer for different teams: France/USA - all drinks, Brazil/Portugal - Caipirinhas, Holland/Belgium - Carlsberg, England - Wel-Scotch (say no more), Germany - Jägerito, Spain - Pina Colada, Italy - Sex on the Bar, Mexico - Maguerita, Russia - White Russian, Argentina/Uraguay - Loco... Could well be Loco.

The Black Velvet
Easily the best Irish bar in town 9 rue du Chais des Farines, as well as serving a serious pint of Guinness they are screening most of the matches. For the opening ceremony
there will be goodies, gifts and free drinks to win with two different games on beer mats. Make you sure you ask the owner on the various techniques for pouring the perfect pint of the black nectar.

The City Bar
At 21 rue de Palais Gallien this well known locals bar has a range of large screens as well as an array of spectacular cocktails. Damien will sort you out with a pint (they have Peroni on tap!) for €5 if you're wearing an England shirt for the opening game against Italy on Saturday at midnight... Watch the FB page for more offers in the future.

The Bodeguita
A small cheeky tapas bar at 29 rue du Loup (near the rue St Catherine tram stop) this is the ideal place to catch one of the games on the fly with a cocktail and snacks. They have Portuguese/Brazilian flags outside and a local friendly atmosphere. €5 gets you a cold beer or sangria with tapas; for €6 you can have tapas with one of the tantalising cocktails - Mojito, Cubalibre, Pina Colada, Martini Piscine (Martini, Champagne, Lime), Americano and Sex on the Beach. They also offer oyster platters, charcuterie plates and cheese trays.

TBC - Giant World Cup screen

As with past tournaments, if France without Ribery make it through the internal quarreling, self-doubt, endless tortured angst and bitter home criticism and out of the group stage, we may well see the appearance of a giant screen in Quinconces or Place Victoire. Still the area inevitably will be over-policed, alchohol free and will just involve a lot of sweaty French people getting upset (like the RER in Paris). STAY AWAY AT ALL COSTS!


Listen Brazil

One of our personal album favourites is the Gilles Peterson in Brazil selection from a couple of years ago. He has also done a Brazil compilation called Bam Bam Bam which is worth a listen. Another ace compilation to hunt down is 4hero Brazilika which came out a few years ago and features superb lounge chill tunes from Azymuth amongst others.
For World Cup themes, amongst the quagmire of tunes out there, the BBC has picked the winner in Stevie Wonder's Another Star. There is also the Strikers alternative World Cup song, Welcome to Brazil (as featured on TalkSport radio in the UK!)...

For World Cup comedy look no further than the Sao Paulo Osama Bin Laden bar that's going down a storm with England fans as reported in the daily Mirror.  

Let's hope that this year's tournament brings the usual range of emotion and that we can avoid a repetition of the brutal Battle of Bordeaux in 1938. Brazil against Czechoslovakia in the quarter final, several players were red carded with the most match fouls in history. The Czech captain has his arm broken (he carried on plying to the end of the match!) and another Czech player got a broken leg while several others on both sides received stomach and head injuries...Brazil ended up winning the replay 2-1! 

They were only mates at the start of the match...

So Gents (and ladies), the time has come to get the beers massively IN and sit back to enjoy the most amazing football tournament the World has ever seen.  

COME ON EN-GER-LAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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