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Belo Horizonte's nightlife centers on the Savassi and Lourdes neighborhoods. Praça Savassi -- the square where Avenida Getulio Vargas meets Avenida Cristovão Colombo is a point -- has dozens of bars and cafes, but young people and students also congregate on the wide sidewalks, drinking, flirting, and playing guitar.

Nearby, for jazz, DJs, books, and a cool atmosphere of students and bohemians, try Café com Letras, Rua Antonio de Albuquerque 781 (tel. 031/3225-9973; www.cafecomletras.com.br; Mon-Thurs noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Sun 5-11pm).

In Lourdes, Marilia Pizzeria, Rua Marilia de Dirceu 189, Lourdes (tel. 031/3275-2027; www.mariliapizzeria.com.br), serves up good pizzas and at night becomes a point, a spot for hanging out, flirting, and conversing.

Also in Lourdes, the Art from Mars restaurant, Rua Rio de Janeiro 1930, Lourdes (tel. 031/3337-9116; Wed-Sat 7pm-2am; no cover), offers an Asian-flavored menu, sushi bar, and an upscale lounge with a small chic dance floor.

Farther from the center of town, the Boate na Sala (tel. 031/3286-4705; www.nasala.com.br; Thurs-Sat 10pm-3am; R$25 cover) is an upscale disco frequented by BH's young and pampered. Located inside the Ponteio Lar Shopping Mall in Santa Lucia.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.