Founded in 1949, the Riviera is probably the oldest and most emblematic in the whole of São Paulo. Many writers have been inspired inside its four walls, many musicians paid tribute to it in their songs. It has also appeared in various films, one of its waiter was even converted into a comic strip character.
The establishment is distributed across two levels. The lower floor maintains its classic red bar while upstairs there is a large lounge-style bar.
Bar Riviera is well-known across the whole of Brasil becauase of its famous cocktails. Recently their young bartender Kennedy Nascimento won “Legends of London” the world cocktail competition by The London Nº1. Despite his age, Kennedy is a seasoned mixologist and has won the award for “Best Bartender in Latin America” many times, similarly the award for “Best Brazilian Bartender”.
For “Legends of London” he prepared his cocktail “Elementary”, a classic cocktail with a special twist that won over out panel of judges and stood out from every other entry.
If you feel like replicating the winning formula, we´ll share the recipe for you
to have a go at home:
50 ml The London Nº1.
20 ml Saint Germain Liquor
20 ml Lemon juice.
- Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake slowly, without ice, to give it body.
- Add ice and shake strongly for 10 seconds.
- Slowly pour into a short Champagne glass.
- Flambe Chartreuse on top.
- Decorate with dried pomelo.