Oct.23, 2011/Updated on March 13, 2012
Brit expats and pub enthusiasts from all origins can add The Queen's Head to their list of regular Sampa nightlife hangouts. The newest pub by the owners of Kia Ora and All Black is at the space formerly occupied by Drake's, inside Centro Brasileiro Britânico (CBB), the Brazilian British Center in Pinheiros.
Opened in 2000, the CBB houses an array of experiences afforded by Cultura Inglesa, the main agents of British cultural diffusion in Brazil in a partnership with the British Council. The Center is now more British than ever thanks to The Queen's Head, with its menu and its attractive design by architect Rosana Buonerba. The stage for rock, groove and acoustic bands has a huge Union Jack in the background. Dark wood-paneled walls, a 10-meter-long red sofa and Royal family regalia add to the atmosphere of a public house.
The Queen's Head, a reference to English coins, is a traditional name for many pubs in the United Kingdom.
Drake's customers familiar with the award-winning deck and garden can be happy again: the beautiful space was reopened in 2012 (see next page).
Meanwhile, in the cozy Queen's Head interior, find a 21-label beer list covering British essentials such as Fuller's Honey Dew (R$ 26) and Hell's Bombardier (R$ 22) as well as London Pride and Old Speckled Hen (R$ 14 the pint) on draft.
The whiskey list includes Johnnie Walker Black Label, Cutty Sark and Buchanan's (R$ 19, R$ 15 and R$ 19 the dose respectively).
Aussie chef and consultant Greigor Caisley, former Drake's owner and one of the partners of Twelve Bistro (where you can still have the Guinness ice cream that was one of Drake's hallmarks) brings his expertise to The Queen's Head via classics such as fish and chips with tartar sauce and fries (R$19), ribs with barbecue sauce (R$18), cheese croquettes with Gorgonzola sauce (R$11), or potato skins with sour sauce (R$15).
Mon 5 p.m. to midnight
Tue and Wed 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Thur 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Fri 5 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Nights before holidays and holidays, 5 p.m. to midnight.
Address & Contact Information:Rua Tucambira, 163
No charge Mon to Wed; R$15 after 9 p.m. Tue to Sat
Cards accepted: Visa Electron, Redeshop, Diners, MasterCard and Visa
Parking: R$ 18