June 2, 2011
Kia Ora, a pub in the upscale Itaim district opened in 2004, has great beer and live music, a menu inspired in Australia and New Zealand, and a strong flirting scene for the 25s-35s crowd. Up to 500 people crowd up the pub on weekends or on special nights such as Double Tuesdays or the annual celebration of Singles' Day in June.
Attractively decked with wood, flags, Aboriginal and Maori elements, the pub serves Kiwi Burgers, cottage pie, and a good draft and bottled beer, wine, whiskey and cocktail selection. Among the sweet non-alcoholic drinks, note the highly hydrating Mojito Fresh, made from coconut water, mint and Monin Mojito Mix.
Live music at Kia Ora is varied, with acoustic openings by artists such as Rodrigo Farah on Wednesdays, 80s and 90s on Thursdays, black, groove and pop on Fridays, and pop rock on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Kia Ora Pub:
Rua Dr. Eduardo de Souza Aranha 377
São Paulo - SP
Reservations: By phone only Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hours: Tue 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Wed 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thur 6 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., Fri 7 p.m. to 4 a.m., Sat 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Cover charge: About $15-$45